August 12, 2018 3-7 pm
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Route 161 Happy Wanderers
The Route 161 Happy Wanderers is a polka/Klezmer variety band that plays popular music from different eras and different places. Their music is easy to dance to, and especially appreciated by grandparents and grandchildren alike.
The band was formed when their drummer, Vince, wanted to return to the music he used to play with his Hungarian grandfather back when Vince was teen. His grandpa was a professional musician on the accordion, bass and violin, and played all types of music from all over eastern Europe. Because they were living in Cleveland, Vince played a lot polka with him. Their multi-instrumental wizard Jason (Keyboards, Harmonica, Yodeling. Bass and more) also grew up with that Cleveland sound. Dan, the singing accordionist, grew up in Midland, Michigan and went to Bay City for the Polish festivals and Frankenmuth for the German music.
Styles of music they play include Polkas, Waltzes, Cajun and Zydeco, Musette, Klezmer, New Orleans classics, and Pop and Country standards.