Fred Ziwich and His International Sound Machine (Cleveland, Ohio)
Fred Ziwich is known as just about the most versatile musician ever on the Cleveland polka scene. He is a virtuoso on several instruments, a prolific recording artist, and an expert music arranger. His band, the “International Sound Machine” has mastered, performed and recorded all of the major polka styles.
Their recording of “Let’s Get Festive”, won the award for “Best German Recording of 2013” from the Polka American Corporation and the best “Polka/Variety Recording” as voted on by the listeners of 247PolkaHeaven.com, the World’s Polka Network.
Some of their other awards include being a finalist for the Grammy Award in the Polka category for 2007. Plus, Fred was the German-American Citizen of the Year for 2007, and elected as a lifetime achievement winner for the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2017, Fred was inducted into the International Polka Music Hall of Fame!
Aaron Dussing & Polka Revolution (Chardon, Ohio)
Aaron Dussing sings in eight languages, specializes in authentic Alpine yodeling, and can play a wide range of 20 different musical instruments. Polka Revolution has become an Oktoberfest favorite with their ability to play all styles of Polka, specializing in German and Slovenian, having been called to play shows throughout eight states!