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 www.genemitchell.com

“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 www.orlandopolkamagic.com