Our German band lineup for 2023 will again feature Gregory and The Brauhaus Band as well as Herbie and His Accord-a-Tones! We have a new headliner in the Main Biergarten as Bavarski will be performing at 4pm!!!
We’re thrilled to invite you to this year’s event, where we’re bringing back the best parts of last year’s festivities and adding even more excitement based on your feedback. The best part? Entry is completely FREE! All we ask is that you RSVP below to help us plan accordingly and to automatically enter you into our raffle for exciting giveaways throughout the year. Keep an eye on your email for updates! While entry is free, please note that parking passes are required. By purchasing your pass ahead of time, not only will you save money with a 20% discount, but you’ll also skip the parking pass queue on the day of the event.
Bavarski was born through the encouragement of my friend, Alex Meixner, at a Hoboken brat haus over big beers and even bigger ideas. My first call was to Eddie Biegaj who is also a New Jersey resident and native Toledian rich with polka history. The additions of Ernie White (vocals and guitar) and Wayne Dunton (drums) meant that the core of our band was finally complete. Bavarski’s mission is to rock an Oktoberfest by performing both traditional and non-traditional music, creating something for everyone to identify with regardless of their age or ethnicity.
One of the greatest joys in my chosen profession is the fact that I love to play ALL forms of music. No particular style is superior to me if played with passion and at the highest level of musicianship possible. Creating music is all about treating whatever the genre is with true integrity, choosing the players that make it work, and putting “it” out there for people to hear and relate to. My vision for “Born To Polka” was to bring together musical ideas that are played in certain polka circles (German, Slovenian, and Polish) and combine them with jazz, rock, and other various influences. It is a collision of completely different worlds which, in some cases, has never been attempted before.
What do you get when you mix when you mix one of the hottest jazz organists with one of the most versatile drummers around and an opera singer? New York City’s newest Polka Sensation- BAVARSKI! Of course, these aren’t just any musicians putting on lederhosen and pumping out Roll out the Barrel!! Ron Oswanski grew up with an accordion in Toledo, Ohio long before he learned about bebop—listening and playing with his father’s polka band. Also hailing from the land of mud hens- Eddie Biegaj, was singing Polish folk songs
with his concertina and accordion while starting an early journey into polka superstardom as a founding member of the Grammy nominated Toledo Polkamotion, after getting his formal classical voice training. Add the foreign element of Wayne Dunton (a native of the far off land of New Jersey) who was caught stealing Kishka at family Polish weddings and toured nationally with many world class bands while gigging and recording with numerous jazz, rock and classical luminaries. To round out the quartet of polka-rockin’ all stars, add the 2nd New Jersey element of Ernie White to the equation.. Ernie, sharped his musical skills along side his contemporaries Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi in the hey-day of rock-n-roll in New Jersey. He continues to write, produce, and perform on a very high standard keeping rock-n-roll in Trenton alive! With this quartet, you have a band that has the old soul of polka men, the full repertoire of a rocking party band, and the sophistication of jazz cats….
Check out BAVARSKI for your next Oktoberfest, Polka Party, Biergarten or Dance Event… You will have fun.