Fritz’s Polka Band returns to State Fair Monday

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Fritz’s Polka Band will return to the New York State Fair on Monday, Sept. 4. They will play their unique take on Polka at the fair’s Experience Stage from 2-3:30 p.m.

Fred Scherz Sr. formed Fritz’s Polka Band in 1978 and recruited his son Fred “Fritz” Scherz Jr., who was eight-years-old at the time, to play accordion. Fred Sr. passed away in 2009 and the band continues to polka.

The band made history by being the first Polka band to perform at Woodstock ‘99, and they’ve played with Skid Row. They have made 18 recordings and appeared in “The Manchurian Candidate” dvd in 2004.

FPB won an Upper State Independent (USI) Award in Syracuse, NY in 2008 and 2009. In 2009, FPB won a Syracuse Area Music Award in the Best Recording: Other Styles category for their “Reflections” recording.

Their songs “Grandparents’ Polka” and “Here is Fritz’s Polka Band” were played on the television series “Breaking Bad” in 2011. They were inducted into the Syracuse Area Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

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