Verona-based Fritz’s Polka Band has been nominated for a Syracuse-Area Music Award (SAMMY). FPB’s 2018 recording “Hey!,” which features all original FPB songs, was nominated in the “Best Other Styles” category.
“Hey!” also features special guests Rocko Dorsey, Ron Keck, and Todd Kerns (from Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, TOQUE, Age of Electric and more!).
The SAMMY Awards will be presented at 7 p.m. March 8 at the Palace Theatre, 2384 James St. in Syracuse.
“The guys in my band are delighted to be nominated again,” said Fritz Scherz, bandleader of FPB. “It had been over five years since we put out a recording, so we’re flattered to receive this nomination after taking a few years off from recording. Big thanks to the nominating committee, our families, fans, disc jockeys, music critics, the media for supporting us over the years, and of course the special guests who took part in our recording! Last, but certainly not least, we want to thank Ron Keck at SubCat Music Studios for taking on this recording project.”
This past October 14 marked the 40th anniversary of Fritz’s Polka Band. In 1999, FPB was 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 the band’s 18th recording, a double live CD, “The WSKG Sessions.”
In August, FPB and each band member were again nominated for national awards by the Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame.
More information on the SAMMY Awards is at www.syracuseareamusic.com. Details on Fritz’s Polka Band are at www.fritzspolkaband.com, www.facebook.com/fritzspolkaband, www.twitter.com/fritzspolkaband, and Instagram at: www.instagram.com/fritzspolkaband.