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Berwyn to get ‘Polka-fied’ at FitzGerald’s Oktoberfest

Published: Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 10:42 a.m. CDT

BERWYN – Get your oompah out.

The Oktoberfest Polka Party with Ed Wagner’s Lustige Blaskapelle will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at FitzGerald’s, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road.

This entertaining ensemble of musicians comes from a lineage that was known throughout the Midwest as, “One of America’s most entertaining German, Austrian and Czech polka bands.”

The band will be providing the music for dancing, and Big Guy’s Sausage Stand will be grilling brats and other tasty items.

The group originally performed under the name of (Adolph) “Bro” Wagner’s Jolly Gang Band. Initially comprised of “Bro’s” close friends, it eventually grew in size to include many notable Czech musicians that performed at Pilsen Park.

The band has performed for many ethnic clubs at their dances and picnics throughout the Chicago area, such as the Jolly Burgenlanders, Rosegger-Steirer Club, Almrausch, Austrian Social Club, Edelweiss Schuplattler Verien-Chicago and the band was a mainstay at Ringbauer’s Hall.

The band transitioned in the early ’80s to the leadership of Adolph’s son, Ed, who had been a band member since his early childhood. The band has been reorganized and is now performing under the name Ed Wagner’s Lustige Blaskapelle. It is comprised of second and third generation musicians of the original band members, which includes Ed’s sons; Eddie on tuba and Matt on baritone. 

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