National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
"Porky" Ponikvar mastered the accordion and became a "Junior Polka King" as a boy,
but made his mark on Cleveland- Style Polkas as a drummer. Starting with Frank Yankovic
as a teen, Porky toured the nation, recorded, and appeared on radio and TV, including
the Johnny Carson Show with Yankovic, with a myriad of Cleveland-Style orchestras.
Major stints in his forty-year career included Frankie Kramer, Kenny Bass, and twenty-two
years with Dick Sodja. Presenting Kenny Bass' legacy, Jack formed the Polka Poppers
in 1993 and reprised Bass' stylings with the Don Wojtila Show Band in 1994. A past
president of the Polkats Social Club, Porky was one of Cleveland-Style's most colorful
figures, bringing out the best in fellow musicians and making polkas fun for everyone
with his warm smile and magnetic personality.