CLEVELAND | South sider Jim Moralevitz thought he made it pretty big when his polka band, The Music Jesters, was making good money playing at weddings and bowling alleys.
Dick Kamont and his wife ValJean after wrapping up Kamont's weekly radio show on 95.9 FM WEFM in Michigan City, Ind.
Dick Kamont and his wife ValJean after wrapping up Kamont's weekly radio show on 95.9 FM WEFM in Michigan City, Ind. following one of his October broadcasts.
Dick Kamont prepares for his weekly "Polka Party" show on 95.9 FM WEFM in Michigan City, Ind.
Dick Kamont finds polka music often plays second fiddle to mainstream music like rock, hip hop and pop.
Stan Stefanski, owner of Big Frank's Sausage, grills traditional Polish sausage to serve at the inaugural Polka Festival put on by the Merrillville Senior Services.
Carol Miano, from left, Sandra Lankford and Marge Bilski take part in a Polka singing contest Sunday afternoon at Merillville Town Hall.
MERRILLVILLE | Merrillville Senior Services will host its Polka Fest from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Town Hall parking lot, 7820 Broadway.
MICHIGAN CITY | Frania Turley, a lifelong Michigan City resident, sang polka songs on the radio before television was invented. More than a half century later she got her wish to sing again, belting out classic songs alongside a live polka band.
Thousands of people packed the streets of Whiting for the start of the Pierogi Festival.
HAMMOND | The Hammond Mohawks' PolkaMania on Sunday will feature two live bands and Polish drinks and food.
HAMMOND | The city of Hammond will host a free polka party as part of its eighth annual Festival of the Lakes.
Eddie Blazonczyk Jr.and The Versatones are considered the nation's No. 1 polka band, boasting more than 60 albums, including themed favorites like a Hawaiian specialty album.
Returning favorites Carl Linden and Marilyn Gaza and newcomers Take Five fill out the summer concert season at Whiting's Lakefront Park.
Members of the band The Ampol Aires rouse the crowd Sunday during the Polka Party on the last day of Hammond's Festival of the Lakes.
Micah Buikema, 3, of Midlothian, learns some polka steps from his mother, Michelle, on Sunday during the Polka Party at the Hammond Marina on the last day of the city's annual Festival of the Lakes.
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