Richie Yurkovich has been providing music for polka fans for over 30 years. From the very beginning, The "Richie Yurkovich" band has consisted of very talented musicians who have brought individualism, character and class to the band. In 2002, Rich, Kathy, Karl & Scott formed the band we know today as "Polkarioty." There was a new sound, a new look, and an energy that set this band "On Fire!" Polkarioty is looking forward to providing many more years of music for the every growing fans, bridging a gap between the eras & having a great time doing it! band members are:
Kathy "Princess" Dunbar: Drums, vocals, saxophone. Her polka debut began at the age of 14. Some of her accomplishments include: Several high school musician awards both at the local and state level & 1st runner up in the Miss Teen Wisconsin pageant. She performed with the Jim Pekol Orchestra for several years and recorded two albums. She also appeared with the Scott Bixby Band, Jeff Walker Band, and several other WI polka bands.
Jeff "Cooter" Walker: Accordion, button box, guitar, banjo, keyboard, drums and anything else we ask him to play! In the Polkarioty band we feature Jeff in many ways to take advantage of his many musical talents. The northwoods ace musician has had his own band for many years and his musical versatility has him in demand as a sideman in a variety of musical groups. He has performed with a variety of well known artists. Jeff also hosts his own daily polka radio show heard across northern Wisconsin, Michigan's U.P.and parts of northeastern Minnesota.
Scott "Humble Servant" Benson: Guitar, drums, banjo, vocals. He has a versatile music background having played and recorded with several polka bands including Richie Yurkovich and also the Frankie Bucar and Ray Ahlgren bands from Minnesota. He is a member of the popular Marshfield, WI based group "Whoz Playing" and was a founding member of the local 50's-60's group, the "Atomic Tailfins". Scott also worked as a drummer-vocalist with Eau Claire based groups "Redwing" and country-rock act, "The Marshall Star Band". Most recently he has done studio recording for the "Mike McIntyre Band" and is a co-founder of the 50's tribute show group, "Sha Na Now."
Richie "The King" Yurkovich: Accordion, button box, vocals, midi effects. He has had his own band, for over 30 years, recorded 24 albums, owns his own recording studio, hosted many tours in the U.S. and abroad and has performed across the United States including more than 70 shows in Branson, MO. In 2001 he was inducted into the Ironworld Polka Hall of Fame. If Kathy is the star of our show, Karl and Scott the two book-ends, then Rich is the glue, holding things together with his accordion, bass and midi effects to give the band the sound for which they are known.
Mitch "Prince Stich" Yurkovich: Whether rounding the group off with a 5th piece or emergency fill-in, Mitch brings even more youth, energy and charisma to the group. He has played either full or part-time with the Richie Yurkovich Band for the past 7 years. In high school he played trumpet, drums and percussion. At the UW-Stout he is a member of the concert band and plays percussion. He has also performed with the Jeff Walker Band and the Mike McIntyre Band. Mitch helps give Polkarioty the versatility they are so well known for.
The debut CD from Richie Yurkovich & Polkarioty, a polka/variety band featuring a blend of many styles of music. Includes some old favorites done in a new way.
CD Price: $14.97
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Their long-delayed second release. The CD captures their entertaining stage presence, and if you close your eyes, you'll swear you're at a live Polkarioty performance! But don't worry, you can't get hit by flying drumsticks through a CD player!
CD Price: $14.97
Slovenian Polka Music featuring some of the bands most requested songs such as "Loretta Polka", "Erica Waltz", "Just Because Polka", "Laughing Polka" and many more, a total of 17 songs!
CD Price: $14.97