Fritz’s Polka Band from Verona recently wrapped up a five-gig, four-date residency in Nashville, Tenn. From Nov. 7 through 10, FPB performed once a day (twice Nov. 9) at the Bavarian Bierhaus, located at 121 Opry Mills Drive.
“This marked the first time in the band’s 41-plus years that we performed in Nashville,” said Fritz Scherz, band leader of Fritz’s Polka Band. “I had never been to Nashville before and truth be told, never thought my band would perform there. When this opportunity presented itself, it was like a dream come true! I’m grateful to the owners and staff at the Bavarian Bierhaus as the venue was truly special and we were treated great! While Nashville is obviously big on country-style music, I’m proud to say that despite hardly playing any country music during our residency, my band went over well and folks seemed to enjoy our eclectic style of tunes!”
Oct. 14, 2018, marked the 40th anniversary of Fritz’s Polka Band. FPB made history in 1999 by becoming the first polka band to play at a Woodstock Festival. FPB appears on “The Manchurian Candidate” DVD, released in 2004. FPB was inducted into the Syracuse Area Music Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2011, FPB had two songs ‘Grandparent’s Polka’ and ‘Here Is Fritz’s Polka Band’) included in two episodes of the TV show, ‘Breaking Bad’. In 2013, FPB released their 18th recording, a double live CD entitled,
“The WSKG Sessions”. In August 2018, FPB and each band member were again nominated for national awards by the Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame (CSPHOF). A few months ago FPB and FPB namesake, Fritz Scherz were again nominated for national awards by the CSPHOF.