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Posted by: lauri
We all had so much fun in "06" on our first "Northern Exposure" tour, we decided to do it again in "07", only this time bigger and better than ever. We've taken on quite an ambitious run of dates that will take us to six states, and possibly seven venues, in eight days in early July!! (we probably won't do a Northern Exposure III, as we'll all possibly be dead by then from this one...) If and when we recoup from this trip, we have two more planned for later that summer. Although some dates are still tentative, and awaiting final details, we're gonna list our entire schedule, so if you're around our part of the world, make plans to come see us...
Here goes....
Saturday-June 30, (tent) Albany, Ny
Sunday-July 1,Pine Iland, NY
Tuesday-July 3, Seven Springs, Pa
Wednesday-July 4, (tent) Buffalo, NY
Thursday-July 5, Traverse City, MI
Friday-July 6, Traverse City, MI
Saturday-July 7, Chicago, IL (Bel-Aire Days)
Sunday-July 8 (tent) Pulaski, WI
Friday-August 31, (Baltimore, MD)
Saturday-September 1, Reading, PA
Sunday-September 2, Doylestown, PA (Our Lady of Czestohowa)
Monday-September 3, Sylvan Beach,NY
Friday-September 28, Utica,NY
Saturday-September 29, Cleveland,OH
Sunday-September 30 (tent) Erie,PA
For more up to date information, check our websight or you can contact us at (407) 365-7183 or email ....thanks to all
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Posted by: rick
Join Rick and many more great entertainers....
“Polka Cruise with the Stars”
to the Eastern Caribbean
from Miami aboard the brand new Carnival Freedom
February 9 – 16, 2008
Visit these exciting ports of call:
* San Juan * St. Thomas * St. Maarten *
for more information!
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Posted by: rick
Back at the Villages on Dyngus Day (and more!!)

Some exciting news for all our friends and fans from around the Villages area. OPM will be back, at long last, for the annual Dyngus Day celebration at Lake Sumter Landings, off of Morse Boulevard, from 5-9PM. As usual, admission is free, and happy hour is from 5-6 with 2 for 1 drinks. Be sure to get there early, as anyone who’s been to this affair knows the seats go fast, and as in the past, there will probably be in excess of 1,000 people in attendance. Joining Rick & OPM for that night only will be the one and only “Pan Jozef”, Joe Oberatis, back from a recent weekend in Chicago. So join us for a great evening of fun, experience the beautiful ambiance that onlt the Villages has to offer, and come party with OPM in the happiest Dyngus Day celebration this side of Buffalo…

Now for the even better news…for all you folks asking when we’ll be back for regular dates at the Villages…we have been promised several dates throughout the year (just like we used to), so check back to our schedule link soon for all the future appearances throughout ’07 at both Spanish Springs, and Lake Sumter Landings.

On behalf of Rick & Lauri Piotrowski and all the OPM, we want to wish everyone a very Happy & Blessed Easter, and see you all on Dyngus Day !!
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Posted by: lauri
On behalf of the entire OPM band, I'd like to thank all the polka D.J.s, columnists, fellow musicians and bandleaders, and supporters throughout the country that helped spread the word about our recent national TV exposure at the Capital One Bowl halftime show New Year's Day on the ABC network.
My family and I were at the game to witness the performance of our song "Florida Sun", from our latest CD "Working Like Dogs", and while it no doubt was a thrilling experience, there was a little concern that it might not have made it on TV for fear of being pre-empted by a commerical, score update, or such. Thanks to all the calls and e-mails I received, we were assured that the song was on, and in it's entirety!! What made the whole event even more thrilling was the fireworks and fanfare that accompanied the song, which was the finale of the medley...what an awesome experience!! Special thanks and congrats as well to Gene Mitchell and the Big Coconut Band, who did us proud with their rendition of our song, and Bruce Hart of ESP productions, and all their cast members, who did a spectacular job with the sound, choreography, and all the various logistics an event such as that demands.
Should anyone be interested in obtaining a copy of the show, log on to . Thanks again to all that watched, and sharing our moment in the (Florida) sun!!
Happy and Blessed New Year to all,
Rick Piotrowski/OPM
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Posted by: webmaster

Some exciting news to report from down in Florida. Just recently, Rick Piotrowski, leader of the Orlando Polkamagic, was contacted by ESP productions, producers of the halftime show for the Capital One Citrus Bowl, one of the premier college bowl games in the country. They requested permission to use a song off OPMs recent CD “Working Like Dogs”, titled “Florida Sun”, to be played in it’s entirety, as part of a four song medley called “Postcards from Florida”, which will be aired nationally on all ABC
network affiliates. The game is scheduled for 1:00 PM eastern time New Years Day, and the halftime show should be sometime around 2:30.

The song will be performed by a group called Gene Mitchell and the Big Coconut band, a popular Jimmy Buffett-esque Florida recording band, in front of a national T.V. audience estimated at 17 million people, and 65,000 live attendance, and Rick and the guys are thrilled to have Gene and the Big Coconut Band perform OPM’s version of the song . For more info on Gene and his band, log on to their websight at

“Florida Sun” is a re-make of a popular 60s beach tune “California Sun” recorded by the Ventures. Rick changed the lyrics, added accordion and concertina to give it a progressive polka flavor, but had his son, Ricky, Jr. put in the electric guitar parts, and kept the 60s style organ sound to keep the “beach party” feel. The result was an infectious, upbeat polka/rock style tune that has been embraced by the younger, “extreme-push” polka audiences.

Rick and the entire OPM hope that the polka industry shares their excitement of this upcoming national exposure to polka music, and thanks polka fans everywhere for helping to spread the good news !!

For more details, visit the OPM websight at
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Posted by: rick
Rick Piotrowski is excited to announce that he and his wife Lauri will be joining Eddie Blazonczyk Jr, as a member of the Versatones, on their upcoming trip to Poland and Germany this coming May 28 through June 7. The trip features an amazing itinerary including visits to Warsaw, Krakow, Zakopane, music by the Versatones, excursions, and more, before proceeding on to Germany. The trip will surely be a sellout as usual, however as of this date, there are vacancies for four more people. For more information, check out the Versatones websight,


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Posted by: lauri
The official OPM Guestbook is up and running. Please feel free to view and post your comments, feedback etc....We enjoy hearing from our friends.
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Posted by: lauri
We would like to take this opportunity to send a BIG Thank You to John Jeski, who is responsible for our current web-site. He has been wonderful to work with, has done a great job and we would highly recommend his services to anyone interested.
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Posted by: webmaster
OPM would like to thank all of those who came out to the Polonia Club
yesterday to celebrate Father's Day with us. We were happy to see that
everyone had a great time.
Please check our newly updated schedule page for upcoming events.

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Posted by: webmaster
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