The 16th Annual Festival of the Lakes invites all polka enthusiasts to stop by when it hosts its popular Polka Party on Sunday, July 21. Musical guest Tri-City Drive will bring a traditional Polish sound to accompany an afternoon of great food and dancing.
Tri-City Drive is Chicago’s newest polka band led by Tim Okrzesik (drums). The band members include Ted Okrzesik, Jr. (trumpet), Craig Marsolek (concertina), Steven Futa (bass), A.J. Okrzesik (trumpet and Andrew Okrzesik (accordion). Tri-City Drive formed in 2015 and has performed at multiple Blazonczyk/Bel-Aire Enterprises functions as well as dances sponsored by other polka promoters and polka organizations in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. The music of Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones, Lenny Gomulka and the Chicago Push, The Brass Connection, Windy City Brass and the Dynatones are some of the bands that influence Tri-City Drive’s music style. Please join the Festival in welcoming them to Indiana!
The festive celebration of the Polish heritage will run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hammond Marina, 701 Casino Center Drive. Admission and parking are free, and guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Authentic Polish food from Cavalier Inn of Hammond and refreshments will be available for purchase. Visit www.festivalofthelakes.com or call 219.853.6378 for more information.