Seasonal Special Happenings

Jeff Pecon Orchestra

When: Sun., Jan. 30 2011

Long before Cleveland became the Heart of Rock & Roll, it was widely acknowledged as the Polka Capital of the Midwest, thanks mainly to a Slovenian population that was the largest in the nation. Starting today, the region's eight remaining Slovenian National Homes, or cultural centers, are keeping that tradition alive with the launch of the 2011 Polka Tour of Greater Cleveland. Co-sponsored by the long-running Tony Petkovsek Radio Show (WELW-AM), the tour kicks off at 3 p.m. with a concert by the Jeff Pecon Orchestra, with special guest (and Frankie "Polka King" Yankovic protégé) Joey Miskulin on the accordion. The venue — the circa-1925 Slovenian Home at 6417 St. Clair Ave. — is as special as the music, notable for its art, archives, and a series of painted wall murals depicting Slovenian life. Take it in for $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Call 216-361-5115 for tickets and more information. The tour continues through October with nine additional stops; for a complete schedule, call 440-951-7235. — Cicora

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