Fritz’s Polka Band from Verona, as well as the band’s frontman Fritz Scherz have been nominated for national awards by the Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame (CSPHOF) in Euclid, Ohio.
Fritz’s Polka Band has been nominated in the “Band of the Year” category. An FPB original tune, Fred’s Polka — the last song written by original member, the late Fred Scherz Sr. — is nominated in the “New, Original Song” category. Meanwhile, the band’s namesake, Fritz Scherz, an accordionist/vocalist, has been nominated in the “Musician of the Year” and “Button-Box: Artist or Duo” categories.
The winners will be announced during the CSPHOF Awards Show on Saturday, November 30, at the Cleveland Downtown Marriott Hotel as part of the annual Thanksgiving Polka Weekend.
“The guys in my band look forward to performing on Nov. 29 and 30 at the Thanksgiving Polka Weekend in Cleveland for the third year in a row as we always have a fabulous time there,” said Fritz Scherz. “It’s a special honor to be nominated for multiple national awards again. To think we get to play twice that weekend and attend the awards show as nominees is an awesome feeling! Many thanks to all the CSPHOF members who helped us get nominated! We encourage our friends to join the CSPHOF right away and vote for us!”
On Oct. 14, 2018, the band marked its 40th anniversary. Along the way, it made history in 1999 by becoming the first polka band to play at a Woodstock Festival. FPB appears on “The Manchurian Candidate” DVD, released in 2004. FPB was inducted into the Syracuse Area Music Hall of Fame in 2010.
In 2011, FPB had two songs ‘Grandparent’s Polka’ and ‘Here Is Fritz’s Polka Band’) included in two episodes of the TV show, ‘Breaking Bad’. In 2013, FPB released its 18th recording, a double live CD entitled, “The WSKG Sessions.”