Keith Stras and Polka Confetti
Since 2009, the Traditional "Chicago Style" Polka Band has been on a rollicking musical journey across the country, spreading joy and foot-tapping rhythms wherever they go. They've even left their mark on the airwaves and stages, earning applause, and sharing their passion for polka with audiences far and wide.
Led by the charismatic Keith Stras, the driving force behind this musical adventure, Polka Confetti promises to turn your next party into an unforgettable event. Whether you need an hour of infectious polka beats or an all-night dance extravaganza, Polka Confetti boasts a lineup of Chicago's finest polka musicians who know how to keep the good times rolling.
Keith Stras, a true luminary in the world of polka music, has been a trailblazer for over four decades. His dedication to the genre earned him a place in The International Polka Association's Polka Hall of Fame, and in 2023, the band had the honor of performing at Soldier Field during the Chicago Fire's and the Chicago White Sox's Polish Heritage nights. They're thrilled at the prospect of bringing the infectious spirit of Polka Confetti to your event and making it a resounding success.
Keith's love affair with polka stretches back 47 years, and his contributions to the genre have been nothing short of legendary. Elected to the Polka Music Hall of Fame in 1999, he's been a beloved voice on the airwaves in Chicagoland via WPNA 1490 AM and nationwide through Sirius XM Satellite and The Polka Jammer Network. He's even earned a spot in the prestigious Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Keith's charisma isn't limited to the radio waves; you can catch him on the nationally televised Jimmy Sturr Show, where he shines as the program's emcee each week on RFD-TV. Not content with just radio and television, Keith took on the role of President of the International Polka Association, growing its membership rolls to over 1,000—an achievement no other officer has matched. On television, he masterfully blended polka music with comedy, local celebrities, and game show antics, earning him a coveted Emmy Award.
In 2002, he took the plunge and opened K & C Entertainment in Chicago, bringing some of the biggest polka entertainers to the Windy City and organizing busloads of polka enthusiasts to events across the nation. In 2009, he embraced a fresh approach to polka with the formation of Polka Confetti. Leveraging his deep knowledge of the music, he handpicked the finest musicians in the industry to create this exceptional group. They've graced stages across the country, releasing both a DVD and CD, and their appearances on television's Mollie B Polka Party have garnered rave reviews.
Keith Stras stands as one of the most influential figures in polka music for over four and a half decades. From sharing the stage with renowned acts to receiving Grammy and Emmy Awards, his journey has been a true polka party. And with Polka Confetti in tow, the celebration continues, bringing the irresistible spirit of polka to music lovers everywhere.
Chicago Sun Times - Keith Stras, the WPNA-AM (1490) polka host, took center stage as he emceed the polka portion of Sunday's 20th Anniversary Farm Aid concert at the Tweeter Center in south suburban Tinley Park.
Chicago Sun Times - Chicago's polka radio king, Keith Stras, celebrated his remarkable 26th year on the air with over 1,000 enthusiastic fans while broadcasting live from "Polkapalooza" at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas.
Chicago Sun Times - Keith Stras, the man behind the "Great Escape Polka Network" that blankets both radio and the internet, introduced a new show, "Polka Sessions," at 10:30 am every Sunday on WPNA-AM (1490).
So, get ready to put on your dancing shoes and join Keith Stras & Polka Confetti for a polka extravaganza that's bound to leave you smiling and tapping your feet!