Sunday, August 02, 2009

Polka News Network: The attraction of polka

The Grammys might think there's no interest in polka, but how do they then explain the crowds who waited patiently for Musikfest Polka in Bethlehem, huh?

Out in the audience sat 50-year-old Kevin Bolash, of Grafton, N.H. The Bethlehem native has made the pilgrimage from up north every August to visit family and attend Musikfest.

"I moved to New Hampshire to seek my fortune and to ski," Bolash said. "I should have had my head examined."

During the summer he's a welder; in the winter he's a ski instructor at Mt. Sunapee. He said he comes down for opening night to hear the polka beats of the Walt Groller Orchestra.

The Grammy organisers better hope all this polka love doesn't get turned into an angry mob waving accordions at the red carpet guests.