The Chardon Polka Band is known for being innovative and extremely adaptive with the ability to please almost any audience; whether it be 20-somethings at a college hang-out or the patrons of a local senior center. In their twelve years together, the band has made a name for itself by adding a colorful twist to the traditional genre of the polka.
The Chardon Polka Band is not your average polka band. They are a group that brings new life and energy to this traditional music. While the group has an extensive catalogue of traditional polkas, they are not afraid to bring their own tunes into the mix along with polka-pop covers of artists like Justin Bieber and Lady Ga Ga. The band got their start in the Cleveland music scene; playing countless area fairs, festivals, and venues. While remaining very active in Cleveland, the band can often be found taking their music on the road and performing at a variety of events across the United States. From performing at an NFL game to headlining for some of the largest Oktoberfests in the nation to opening for the prestigious Cleveland Orchestra; the band loves pleasing crowds anywhere and everywhere.
For 2015, the band has dubbed their season “The Polka Voyager Tour” with the intention to continually re-invent the polka genre and provide fans and concert-goers a unique and one-of-a-kind experience. Armed with attitude, edge, and a witty outlook – look for The Chardon Polka Band at a venue near you.
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