Meet Stephanie Pietrzak! Stephanie is “America’s Polka Sweetheart!”
Many polka fans will remember Stephanie when she toured with her Mom Wanda in the 70’s and 80’s from Western New York and across the nation.
While Wanda is no longer with us, Stephanie continues the tradition of “Honky Style Polka Music!” You can catch Stephanie and her All Star Band Sunday night at 7p.m. ( encore the next Sunday at 11:30a.m.) airing June 25th through July 16th.
Watch when Stephanie performs a heartfelt tribute to her inspiration, the late Polka king “Lil Wally!” Stephanie and her late Mom Wanda are in the Buffalo Music & Polka Hall of Fame!
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It all started at the age of seven when Stephanie was being taught the accordion by her mom, Wanda, and the Polish vocals by her grandmother, Stephanie. This created an interest in listening to Polish music. While Henry her father was off bowling, Wanda took Stephanie to see Li’l Wally when he was in town. When Stephanie saw Li’l Wally play the concertina and sing “Hello My Kejda,” she was fascinated with this instrument. Stephanie no longer wanted to play the accordion.
Wanda took Stephanie to Chicago to look for a concertina. They went to Jay Jay on Kedzie Avenue. Li’l Wally owned this music store and was showing them some concertinas that were in the store. Stephanie spotted a red one on display in a showcase that she fell in love with. It was the only one that she wanted and Li’l Wally said this one was not for sale because it was the concertina that he played on the Lawrence Welk Show. Because Stephanie would only settle on this one particular concertina Li’l Wally asked Wanda if Stephanie played any instrument. Wanda answered “Yes, she plays the accordion” and Li’l Wally had her play one. Li’l Wally was impressed with how she played and said she will learn the concertina and do very well with it. He ended up letting Wanda purchase that concertina and Stephanie still plays it today.
Watch “Polka Buzz” with Host Ronnie Dombrowski every Sunday at 7p.m. ( with an encore at 11:30am) on WBBZ-TV.
For more information on Stephanie, go to: www.stephanieaps.com