The 2019 Sokol Omaha Polka Hall of Fame inductee’s have finally been released. Congratulations to the below inductees:
- Deceased Category
- Gil Krajnik – Band Leader, Sax and Clarinet
- Frank Kostka Jr. – Sideman, Trumpt
- Living Category
- Mike Brecka – Band Leader/Sideman, Trumpet
- Frank Remar – Band Leader, Accordion
Congratulations to these winners and we will celebrate their induction on Sunday, September 8th at Sokol Auditorium, 13th and Martha Sts, Omaha, NE . Music will be provided by The Little Tavern Band. Doors open at 2 p.m., music begins at 3 till 5:30 p.m. Induction ceremony 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Music resumes 6:30 till 7:30 p.m. This is a FREE, open to the pubic event. Food will be available for purchase.
This year’s inductees from the Living Category are:
Charlie Petrmichl, Button Accordion
Steve Steager, Bass Horn/Bass Guitar
Inductees from the Deceased Category are:
Big Joe Siedlik, Polka Music Promoter
Johnny Halama, Bass Horn
Congratulations to these winners and we will celebrate their induction on Sunday, September 9th at Sokol Auditorium, 13th and Martha Sts, Omaha, NE . Music will be provided by the Czechlander’s Orchestra, doors open at 2 p.m., music begins at 3 till 6 p.m. Induction ceremony 6 to 7 p.m., Music resumes 7 till 7:30 p.m. and this is a FREE, open to the pubic event.
We have some sad news to pass along. Vernon Belik, a 1995 inductee, passed away recently. His funeral information is linked below.
We have some sad news to pass along. Ed Hanna, a 2012 inductee, passed away recently. His funeral information is linked below.
We have some sad news to pass along. Bud Comte, a 2016 inductee, passed away recently. His funeral information is linked below.
Congratulations to this year’s inductees into the Sokol Omaha Polka Hall of Fame:
Living Category: Kevin Koopman & Lou Hospodka
Deceased Category: Charles Kral, Joe Yindrick, Helen Janak,
Sokol Omaha Service Award: Everett Van Cleave
Don’t forget! The 43rd annual Sokol Omaha Polka Hall of Fame is Sunday, September 10th, 2017. Music will be performed by the Kenny Janak Orchestra, playing The Original Eddie Janak Music Library. Doors open at 2PM, Music starts from 3 PM to 6 PM, Induction ceremony from 6 PM to 7 PM, Music resumes from 7 to 7:30 PM.
We are saddened to learn that Moostash Joe, one of the very best polka band leaders and radio show hosts in Nebraska, passed away at the age of 83. Joe is an inductee in the Hall of Fame, class of 1974. Read more in the link below (via the Omaha World-Herald)
Thanks to everyone who came out to the 2016 Sokol Omaha Polka Hall of Fame. We hope to see you again next year on September 10th, 2017.
We’ll have updates on the website over the next few days, including biographies of our new inductees, pictures of the event, and more information on next year’s induction ceremony.
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Join us on Sunday, September 11th, for the 42nd Sokol Omaha Polka Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. See the flyer below for more information.
These are the individuals that were voted by Past Inductees into the Sokol Omaha Polka Hall of Fame:
Deceased Category: Kenny Grebnick and Dan Pasonault
Living Category: Bud Comte and Bobby Layne (Gene Benes)
Congratulations to this year’s winners!!