By Sarah Kugler
ORANGE CITY – Want to enjoy some music that’ll really get your toes tapping? Come hear Malek’s Fishermen Band, one of the finest polka bands in the Midwest. The show will begin at 7:00pm on Wed., July 17 in Orange City’s Windmill Park and promises to get everyone up on their feet and moving to the beat.
Malek’s Fisherman Band began in 1932 when Syl Malek and his brother, Ed, formed Malek Brothers Accordion Band. The band played songs brought to the states by Czech immigrants as well as American dance hall tunes.
Now featuring Syl’s son Bob, and his children Eric and Crystal, the six-member band was rechristened as Malek’s Fisherman Band. The group travels from Garner, Iowa throughout the Midwest, sharing their musical stylings. With a unique combination of brass, reeds, concertina, rhythm, and vocals, the band plays a wide variety of musical styles, including traditional old tyme polkas, waltzes, two-steps, and schottisches as well as country, big band, dixieland, and other dance hall favorites.
A dance floor will be available July 17, and dancers Tim and Kathy Westemeyer will join the fun, with their Czech outfits and informal dance lessons at 6:40pm.
The Malek’s Fishermen Band show is part of the summer Onstage Orange City series, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council. Corporate sponsors of the July 17 event are Pizza Ranch restaurant and Diamond Vogel Paint.
Pizza Ranch will offer pizza and pop for sale beginning at 6:00pm.
Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Concessions will be available. Rain location is the Orange City town hall.
For more information, contact 712-707-4885 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.
See photos of the event: http://www.polkarrific.com/keymanscorner/archives2013/orangecity_park2013.html
LINK: Red Head Polka