Photographs by Dick Blau
Words by Rick March
Polka Heartland captures the beat that pulses in the heart of Midwestern culture--the polka--and offers up the fascinating history of how "oompah-pah” came to be the sound of middle America. From the crowded dance tent at Pulaski Polka Days to an off-the-grid Mexican polka dance in small-town Wisconsin, Polka Heartland explores the people, places, and history behind the Midwest’s favorite music.
From polka’s surprising origin story as a cutting-edge European fad to an exploration of the modern-day polka scene, author Rick March and photographer Dick Blau take readers on a joyful romp through this beloved, unique, and richly storied genre. Polka Heartland describes the artists, venues, instruments, and music-makers who have been pivotal to polka’s popularity across the Midwest and offers six full-color photo galleries to immerse readers in today’s vibrant polka scene.