Polka Fest

August 21,2022

A Cultural Festival at Hampton Beach? YES!!
Dzień dobry!
Sunday, August 21st from 1:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
At the Seashell Stage
Come listen to, sing along and dance to the area’s Best Polka Bands!

In addition to enjoying some of the best Polka Bands in the region, the Cascade Seaside Restaurant & Deck, located at 3 D Street in Hampton Beach, will be making Polish food specifically for festival-goers (or anyone else who feels like having Polish food) on Sunday. Thank you to Laurie at the Cascade Seaside Restaurant & Deck for helping us make this first festival a bit more unforgettable!

What’s on the menu?

Creamy bacon and corn sauce, scallion, pickled onion

Pork stuffed cabbage rolls, tomato sauce, pickled red onion

Grilled Kielbasa
Sauerkraut, yellow mustard, rice pilaf

We would also love to see folks come in traditional dress or costume and plan to participate in traditional Polka Dancing. We are working on finding an instructor to help with that. We expect to have some giveaways too! The Polka Fest will take place at the Seashell Stage at the center of Hampton Beach.

Performing at 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.

Seeing Polka Dan’s BEETBOX BAND is the most fun you can have with your lederhosen on!

This Cape Cod traditional dance band plays a fun mix of European village tunes, some of which date back hundreds of years in Polka Dan’s family. Virtuoso Clayton March also fronts the band, playing an array of instruments from banjo to clarinet to sax to fiddle. Songwriter Greg Johnson plays bass, and wife Robin Johnson plays the piano, which was common in early polka before the accordion. Punk drummer David Silver drives the band and crowd into a frenzy at every show. Polka Dan’s BEETBOX BAND have hilarious music videos on their YouTube channel “Beetbox Band” (http://youtube.com/c/BeetboxBand). Their albums can be found streaming online at https://beetbox.bandcamp.com/. Connect with the band on https://Facebook.com/BeetboxBand

Performing at 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. 

The NH-based Eastern Sound Orchestra has been entertaining folks throughout the USA and Canada for the past 46 years. This 5-piece band is known for their unique Eastern flair, featuring 2 fiddles, accordion, keyboard, bass, drums, trumpet, clarinet and saxophone. The Eastern Sound has been preforming at the Seashell Stage for 45 years. They have played at many festivals such as The Lowell Folk Festival, Hunter Mountain in New York, Dick Pillar’s “Polkabration” in Connecticut, the longest running polka festival in the country and many others throughout New England, Pennsylvania, New York and Florida. As Recording Artists, the Eastern Sound have produced three albums and a video. The band has been featured on ABC TV, NH Crossroads, WMUR and many PBS specials. They have been voted the #1 Polka Band in the state of NH and continue to entertain their many fans. Their recordings can be found at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. Featuring: Richard Lapadula, Tony Malionek, Peter Sylvester, leader John Sobczak, Mike Petrishen

Performing at 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. 

The Maestro’s Men are a versatile Polka Band formed in 1996. Their CD release “Don’t Stop The Music” was awarded favorite Polka cd and song in the country by The International Polka Association of Chicago, IL. Their “Strike Up The Band” CD was nominated for a Grammy. The band attended the 2004 Grammy Ceremony in Los Angeles, CA. In

2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 the band won “Favorite Band Of The Year” by the International Polka Association Music Hall of Fame Awards in Chicago, IL. The leader and clarinetist Dennis Polisky was inducted into the Polka Hall of Fame of Chicago, IL in 2007 and the band’s vocalist & keyboard player Jackie Libera inducted in 2003. The band has performed at major festivals including Lowell Folk Festival, Spiedie Fest, MT Snow, Killington Oktoberfest, Hunter Mountain, Chicago IPA Fest, Pulaski WI Polka Fest to name a few. In addition to performing traditional Polkas they have been awarded for their unique Polka originals. Combined, the band’s members share many years of performing experience.

FREE Events Paid for by the
businesses and residents of the
Hampton Beach Village District