Pennsylvania Accordionist Garrett Tatano Voted Polka Star of Tomorrow
Accordionist Garrett Tatano of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, was voted Polka Star of
Tomorrow at a musical competition hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall
of Fame on Sunday, July 18, 2021. Three hundred polka music fans cast ballots for
four entertainers at SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio, near Cleveland. Tatano received
a plaque and will be featured at the 57th Annual Thanksgiving Polka Weekend, sponsored
by the Polka Hall of Fame.
Tatano competed as the lead accordionist with his own orchestra, including Vincent
Filipelli, Anthony Popovski, Logan Watson and Phil Yan III. Tatano also performs
with Jack Tady's Pittsburgh-based band.
All four of the polka contenders are under 25. The three other musicians were Joshua
Kay and TJ Likovic, both Cleveland accordionists, and drummer RJ Zolka from Youngstown,
Ohio. All four will perform with their bands on the main stage at the Thanksgiving
Polka Weekend at the Holiday Inn Cleveland South, in Independence, Ohio, Friday,
Saturday and Sunday, November 26, 27 and 28.
The Polka Hall of Fame Remembers
1921 – 2021
Pianist and Keyboard Artist
Trustees Honor Roll 2012
Bandleader, Clarinetist and Saxophonist
1925 - 2020
Lifetime Achievement Award 2001
1924 - 2020
Audio Engineer and Record Producer
Trustees Hall of Fame 1989
Saxophonist and Clarinetist
1935 – 2020
Trustees Honor Roll 2011
Accordionist and Bandleader
1939 - 2020
Trustees Honor Roll 2008
38th Super Button Box Bash Postponed to Sunday, April 10, 2022
Join the squeezebox celebration in 2022! The 38th Annual Super Button Box Bash lets
you dance to the sounds of sixty accordions on two stages, plus jam sessions all
day. The Slovenian Society Home in Euclid, Ohio, becomes the Woodstock of Polka Music
just for the occasion.
The 2021 event is postponed to Sunday, April 10, 2022. You'll enjoy the grandest
festival of button accordion music in North America. Bring your own box and play
along. Indulge in nationality treats, such as smoked Slovenian sausage, savory roast
beef and strudel. Pick up a souvenir tee-shirt, sweatshirt, babushka or polka CD
at the Polka Hall of Fame pop-up shop.
Button box groups and artists appear in two dance halls, plus polka jamming in the
annex. The 2022 music line-up is in the works.
Your hosts are the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and the Slovenian
Society Home, 20713 Recher Avenue, in Euclid, Ohio.
Watch this event page for more information. In the meantime, you can contact the
Polka Hall Fame, (216) 261-3263, or Polkashop@aol.com.