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Polka! The Movie

Posted at: 07/02/2013 8:22 AM
Updated at: 07/02/2013 8:57 AM



Polka music is a big part of culture for many folks here in the Northland.  But did you know that Slovenian culture has had a big impact on polka?  Well, an event put on by the St. Louis County Historical Society wants to celebrate that with a special event Wednesday, July 10.

The Historical Society will host a free screening of the documentary Polka! The Movie at the Depot in Duluth Wednesday, July 10 from 1-3 p.m.

Discover how Slovenians have had an impact on American music in a special multimedia presentation by Joesph Valencic.  He is the President National Clevland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum and is a Cleveland-based writer, historian and filmmaker.

Sierra Napoli with the St. Louis County Historical Society says that there's a big population of Sloveian heritage on the Iron Range in the Northland. "There's a lot of Slovenian influence up there now and in the past," she said.

Valencic wrote and narrated the 90-minute film, Polka! The Movie.  The popular documentary celebrates why Americans love Slovenian polka music and sausages.

The film includes about 20 polka personalities and it features Minnesota's own living polka legend, Father Frank Perkovich.  Perkovich, a native of Chisholm, uses the sounds of polka music in what he calls Polka Mass to really engage the congregation.

Valencic will share his behind the scenes stories about making the film with multimedia presentation.  Also, before the screening of his film, he'll "Slovenians in American Music," a tribute to Slovenians who have contributed to America's musical heritage, from jazz and rock to opera and polkas. Light refreshments will also be provided for attendees.