His Excellency Roman Kirn, Ambassador to the Republic of Slovenia to the United States of America, visited Cleveland October 10-13, 2012 and took part in events covering education, business, media, government and the Slovene Diaspora. One of his stops was at the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame in Euclid.
Slovenian Ambassador Roman Kirn with Polka musicians Hank Guzel Jr., Bob Kravos and Joe Novak
Joe Valencic, Joe Novak and Bob Kravos explained the different kinds of accordions and styles of polka music. They favor the Cleveland Style or Slovenian style of Polka and gave an example from the great Frankie Yankovic's big hit 'Just Because.'
Display of accordions at Polka Hall of Fame
Joe Novak and Bob Kravos explain and demonstrate Polish and Slovenian (Cleveland Style) Polkas and the different kinds of accordions at the Polka Hall of Fame in Euclid Ohio.
Bob Kravos and Joe Novak
Impromptu accordion jam with Joe Novak and Bob Kravos playing different kinds of accordions and Hank Guzel Jr. on bass at the Polka Hall of Fame in Euclid.
Hank Guzel Jr.
Polka jam with Hank Guzel Jr., Bob Kravos and Joe Novak