A polka party Sunday at Penn's Peak
Two of the regions best polka bands will be bringing their music to Penn's Peak for a "Polkafest" at 2 p.m. Sunday.
On stage will be John Stanky & the Coalminers and The Pennsylvania Villagers. Doors open at 1 p.m. and there's a general admission fee of $13.
John Stanky, the proclaimed "Gentleman Of Polkas," began his musical career in 1945. He formed his first band in 1950, changing their name to the "Coalminers" in 1962, as some of the players worked the mines.
The group has recorded many albums,and has performed on cruise ships as well as numerous tours to Holland, Germany,Italy,Switzerland, Austria, South America, China and many other fabulous places.
John has composed more than 40 songs. His most popular is the "Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie Polka."
His "Hats Off To Pennsylvania" has been considered for the state song.
They are so popular that they are already on schedule to play the Oberammergau in Germany, a world-renowned Passion play that usually sells out two years in advance, in 2010.
The Pennsylvania Villagers started 34 years ago with three siblings and their cousin, and they still continue to play today.
Various members have come and gone through the years, as with most bands, but they have managed to hold their own and continue playing. They have become known as one of the top dance bands in the area because of their wide variety of musical abilities.
Not only are they a favorite of the polka fans, but also country music fans and oldies fans alike.
They have produced five albums which include many of their own original songs: "Polka Fiddles," "Never Ever Polka," "Happy Andrew Polka" and "Polka Carousel."
The complete lineup of concert events for Penn's Peak is as follows:
• 30 - Tesla with Skidd, 8 p.m. Tickets $25 advance, $30 at the door.
• 1 - Polkafest featuring John Stanky & the Coalminers and The Pennsylvania Villagers, 2 p.m. Tickets $13.
• 6 - Tracy Byrd, 8 p.m. , Tickets $32 and $27.
• 7 - 7th Annual Tech-Net Professional Auto Service Comedy Night, 7 p.m. Tickets $20 at select Tech-Net locations.
• 13 - 2U (U2 Tribute) and Invisible Sun (Police Tribute), 7:30 p.m. Tickets $19 advance, $24 day of show.
• 14 - Get the Led Out, 8 p.m. Tickes $33, $28, and $23.
• 19 - Vince Neil, 8 p.m. Tickets $33 advance, $38 day of show.
• 21 - Josh Turner, 8 p.m. Tickets $42 and $37.
• 25 - Dark Star Orchestra, with the Donna Jean Godchaux Band, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25 advance, $30 day of show.
• 5 - Live Wire (AC/DC Tribute) with Hollywood Nights (Bob Seger Tribute), 8 p.m. Tickets $19 advance, $24 day of show.
• 10 - Kenny G Holiday Show, 8 p.m. Tickets $49 and $44.
• 12 - Ryan Pelton - A Tribute To Elvis - Christmas Show, 8 p.m. Tickets $24 and $19.
• 30 - Greg Allman, 8 p.m. Tickets $37 and $32.
• 22 - Arrival - the Music of Abba, 8 p.m. Tickets $28 and $23.
• 12 - David Cassidy, 8 p.m. Tickets $32 and $27.
• 20 - Bruce in the USA, 8 p.m. Tickets $15 advance, $20 day of show.
• 23 - Spyro Gyra, 8 p.m. Tickets $28 and $23.
• 8 - Dick Fox's Golden Boys featuring Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, and Fabian, 8 p.m. Tickets $54 and $49.