The Lake Erie Folk Fest will present “Pass It On,” an exciting educational music program for students in grades 2-6 on Friday, February 22, 2019.
The program will feature the entertaining Chardon Polka Band performing at the Shore Cultural Centre auditorium in the city of Euclid, the seat of Cleveland’s polka tradition. The band will introduce students to their musical instruments, musical concepts and Cleveland’s rich polka history, all while having a blast!
The 45-minute program will take place at 10am at the Shore Cultural Centre, 291 E. 222nd Street, Euclid, Ohio 44123. Cost is $5 per student; teachers and chaperones are free. Please call the Shore Cultural Centre at 216-289-8578 to reserve tickets. Schools participating in Free or Reduced Lunch programs can request fee waivers.
The Cleveland-based group released a kids’ album, “Pony In The Backseat,” on July 10. The album consists of 16 tracks — half music, half dialogue — and it’s all tailored to young polka fans. Each track has a different topic, varying from pirates to fire safety, or goofy animals to making career choices.
It’s not your typical polka music.
“If you want to look at the polka heritage in Cleveland, it’s not always doing a lot to reach out to kids,” said Jake Kouwe, accordion player, singer and founder of Chardon Polka Band. “If you look at standard polka, 90 percent of it is about beer, which isn’t exactly what you want your kids to sing at school.”
Chardon Polka Band was inspired to create a kids’ album after playing at elementary schools in the last few years.
You can sample the band’s music here.