By Tim Kowols, Photo Courtesy of Mark Jirikovec Band
For polka band leader Mark Jirikovec, October means his schedule picks up tempo. The Denmark-based Mark Jirikovec Band performs between 100 and 120 shows a year, with many of those shows being held locally for community Oktoberfest celebrations. Jirikovec says despite the changing tastes in music, polka maintains its staying power.
Having performed across the country over the last three decades, Jirikovec is happy younger generations are giving polka a try.
There are plenty of opportunities to catch the Mark Jirikovec Band including this Friday at Lakehaven Hall in Kewaunee and soon on television after filming a show in Kaukauna later this month.