Joe Grkman Jr. was voted 2011 Man of the Year by the United Musicians Polka Association of Pennsylvania (UMPAPA).
Check out the Grkmans at the Hofbrauhaus in Pittsburgh, PA. Steve performs for your dining and listening pleasure Wednesdays from 5 - 7:30 PM; Thursdays from 5 - 8:30 PM; Fridays from 5 - 9 PM; Saturdays from 12:30 - 5 PM; and Sundays from 1 - 6 PM except on Steeler Sundays (if Steeler game time is 1 PM then Steve performs 4 - 7 PM; if Steeler game time is 4 PM or 8 PM Steve performs 1 - 4 PM)
Every first Wednesday of the month is Keg Tapping at Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh. Joe and Mike along with Alpen- Glow join Steve at about 6:50 to introduce the seasonal "beer of the month." The "Keg Tapping Parade" (through the beer hall) starts at 7 and culminates with the tapping of the keg. After the keg is finished everybody has the chance to "sing along with the brewers" and then "meet the brewers." Alpen-Glow then strolls through the hall with some traditional Bavarian/German/Alpine music. The band then takes the bandstand and performs until 10:30. Looking forward to seeing you! Get there early - it's always a fun-filled evening!
Mike and Joe perform as the Grkman Duo every Wednesday from 8 - 10:30 PM (with the exception of the Keg Tapping noted above).
Mike and Joe perform with Mike Festa as the Bavarian Brats every Saturday from 9:30 PM - 1:30 AM.
2013 Performance Schedule
* Saturday February 23 - FREE GRKMANIA CONCERT as part of Health Fair 2013, Morgantown Mall, Morgantown, WV (1 - 3 PM)
* Saturday March 9 - Capital City Polka Dancers' Polka Dance, Chambers Hill Fire Company, 6400 Chambers Hill Rd., Harrisburg, PA, 17111 (7 - 11 PM)
* Sunday May 26 - Dance, SNPJ Recreation Center, Boro of SNPJ, Enon Valley, PA (Memorial Day Weekend) (2 PM Start) http://www.snpjrec.com
* Sunday June 23 - Picnic & Dance, Croatian Center, Millvale, PA (3:00 - 7:00 PM)
* Saturday July 6 - FREE GRKMANIA CONCERT - Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival, Twin Lakes Park, Greensburg, PA (1:30 – 3:00 PM) - we'll be on the "New Stage" this year - the seating area will be tented for your comfort) http://www.artsandheritage.com
* Saturday July 13 - Slovenefest, SNPJ Rec Center, Enon Valley, PA - (in the main tent Noon - 4 PM) http://www.snpjrec.com
* Tuesday August 27 - FREE GRKMANIA CONCERT - Brodhead Cultural Center newly remodeled Amphitheater, Penn State Beaver Campus, 100 Universoty Drive, Monaca, PA (7:30 – 9:30 PM) Rain or shine event - In case of inclement weather, concert will be moved to new indoor Penn State Beaver auditorium http://www.br.psu.edu/Information/10938.htm
* Sunday September 1 - National SNPJ Days Celebration (Labor Day Weekend), SNPJ Recreation Center, Boro of SNPJ, Enon Valley, PA http://www.snpjrec.com
* Saturday October 26 - TWO GRKMANIA CONCERTS - Randolph County Community Arts Center, At the corner of Park Street and Randolph Avenue, Elkins, WV (4 PM Family Concert Series; 7:30 PM Evening Concert Series) http://www.randolpharts.org
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For more information on booking the band, recordings or performances, write to:
Joe Grkman Jr.
Joe "GRKMANIA" Grkman Band
P.O. Box 584
South Park, PA 15129
Making It Better: Folk Arts in Pennsylvania Today features over 30 master artists who work within and for their respective communities. The art, coming from every corner of the state, represents a wide array of traditions: from Sudanese dance to Slovenian accordion, from Aztec ritual flutes to Urban Graffiti; from blacksmithing born of the steel industry to Italian bobbin lace learned by girls as insurance against poverty; and from German Catholic sawdust carpets to Vietnamese funerary portraits. Objects, photographs, film, music and interactive stations allow visitors to experience these traditions with all their senses. Dispelling the notions that folk art is “quaint” and “something from the past” this exhibit demonstrates that although most traditional arts are rooted in centuries’ old practices; they are meeting the needs of those living in very modern times. The featured artists come from many cultures and traditions. They all have different reasons for settling in Pennsylvania. Some were born and raised here. Some are refuges seeking asylum. Some are immigrants who came seeking jobs and opportunities. Yet, all these artists have rich traditions that they love sharing with anyone who is willing to learn.
Check out the exhibition travel schedule:
*Read about the Grkmans and other master artists in the essay "What does tradition have to do with it? Constructing cultural identity and community today" written by Dr. Lisa Rathje, Arts and Heritage Programs, Institute for Cultural Partnerships, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Read a transcription of the eight artists (including Joe Grkman) speaking about their work:
* Explore the exhibit themes:
* Meet the artists: