Celebrate the music of the late polka legend Eddie “Hambone” Habat as the Jeff Pecon
Orchestra appears with guest accordionists Fred Kuhar and Walter Ostanek, Canada’s
Polka King, at SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio, Sunday, August 7, 2016.
Enjoy an all-star salute to Eddie Habat, one of the Cleveland-Style Polka’s top accordionists
and bandleaders. Fr. Frank Perkovich arrives from Minnesota to start the day with
his popular Polka Mass at 1:00. Jeff Pecon strikes up his orchestra at 3:00 for four
hours of dancing, featuring 3-time Grammy-winner Walter Ostanek and Polka Hall of
Famer Fred Kuhar. Drummer Mark Habat, Eddie’s son, joins the fun.
Eddie Habat (1926-2005) was one of the major stylists of the Cleveland Polka sound.
The accordionist and his orchestra performed for Decca Records and hosted radio and
television polka shows. His hard-driving rendition of "Go Man Go" brought him national
attention in 1953. Eddie’s bouncy original tunes include "Hambone Habat Polka," "Hi-Lee,
Hi-Lo," and "Riverboat Polka" – all polka standards today.
Before and during the dance, treat yourself to home-style dinners and sandwiches
and refreshments. Admission is $8 for the dance and Polka Mass. Under 18 free. Your
hosts are the members and friends of SNPJ Charter Lodge No. 5, Naprej. SNPJ Farm
is just off Chardon Road (Route 6) at 10946 Heath Road in Kirtland, Ohio, three miles
east of Route 306 and six miles west of Route 44. Contact 216-481-1379 for details.