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Grkman Polka Band Closes Brodhead Cultural Center Season

8/22/2008 —

On Tuesday, Aug. 26 the Joe Grkman Polka Band will present the final concert of the Brodhead Cultural Center’s 32nd summer of programming at Penn State Beaver. The free concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the J. P. Giusti Amphitheater. In the event of bad weather, the rain date is set for Thursday, Aug. 28. This year’s summer series was co-sponsored in part by The Times, ARA Corporation, The Idea Works, and the Beaver Valley Musicians Union Trust Fund.

The band began performing in 1967 and will present a blend of Slovenian / Cleveland style polkas and waltzes. Joe Grkman, Sr. is a 1997 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship recipient recognizing his lifetime achievements in cultural preservation through musical performance.  He is a National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship nominee and has also been inducted into the American Slovenian Polka Foundation Hall of Fame on the Trustees' Honor Roll. The Joe Grkman Band composed and recorded on Grammy nominated albums both in 1997 and 1998.

Joe Grkman Jr. is a 1998 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship recipient and was proclaimed the Button Box King by the United Federation of Polkas in California. The Grkman Band was selected to represent Pennsylvania folk arts and honored in a featured "Grkmania" concert in 1997 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association will sell hot and cold refreshments at the Cultural Center concession stand before and during the show. Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream will be sold from 6 – 7:30 p.m. that evening. All ice cream and concession stand proceeds benefit the chapter's scholarships for Beaver campus students.

The Mill Creek Valley Historical Association will staff and host free tours of the Baker-Dungan Museum located on the hill overlooking the Cultural Center's amphitheater. This year's museum theme is Pittsburgh's Founding Fathers. The museum, which is open for one hour before all shows held in the amphitheater, contains a variety of local historical artifacts, tools, furniture, clothing and other displays.
For information about the 2009 Brodhead Cultural Center series, contact rxm70@psu.edu, call 724-773-3610, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu and click on Visitors and Community.

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