This isn't your Grandma's polka

CLEVELAND - Forget what you think you know about Polka music. “DJ Kishka” is breaking the stereotype that the storied-style of music is only for those 65 and over.

“I’m playing the old stuff for the new generation,” explained Justin Gorski. “I have a music degree. It came with the beard.”

Gorski created his alter-ego, DJ Kishka, by accident seven years ago, when a bar needed Polka music during its happy hour.

“Basically, [I] steal my grandpa’s and dad’s albums and stuff and come and play music,” Gorski said. 

The Polka DJ grew up with this music, and it only takes seconds to see that he loves sharing it.

“It brings back memories of hanging out with grandpa in the basement,” he said. 

Once DJ Kishka puts the needle on the record, the energy in the room becomes electric. That’s the power of Polka. It gets people moving, both young and old.

Deanna Sierptouwski agreed. She said, "It’s just fun. He makes a big show out of it and it’s something anyone can enjoy."

Sean Kelly added, “It’s no longer an old person’s music – it’s fun!”

While his focus is on the next generation, DJ Kishka pays tribute to those who put his hometown on the map as the “World Capital of Polka Music.”

“Here’s Cleveland’s own Frankie Yankovich – the Friendly Tavern Polkas,” he yells, while putting the record on. 

Yankovich is just one of many musicians honored at the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum, in nearby Euclid, Ohio.

And that music is now being appreciated by a new generation, thanks to a goofy DJ. “We’ll have a barrel of fun," DJ Kishka said.

In fact, Jessica Mackey came out just to enjoy the music. “I just love the energy of polka. It’s just really happy. It’s funny.  It just makes me feel like a good time. It makes me smile," she said.

 

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