Stay festive, everyone.
That’s the slogan of Fred Ziwich and his "International Sound Machine," which have been entertaining music lovers and dancers of all ages and nationalities for more than 40 years.
The band will take the Hudson Green for th next COncert on the Green, June 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. The concert is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hudson.
The recording released by the band early in 2017 commemorating the band’s 40th anniversary was selected as the "Recording of the Year" by the members of the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame. Another big honor was in 2007, when they were a finalist for the Grammy Award in the Polka Category.
Though their recordings are well known to polka radio and internet shows throughout the country, when seeing the "ISM" live people will hear a variety of music from different styles and eras. Because of their long experience, and the wide variety of venues at which they have performed, they are well known for carefully picking their selections for each audience.
Fred has been elected into two different Polka Hall of Fames. Most recently, in September 2017, he was placed into the International Polka Assoc. Hall of Fame, based in Chicago. Drummer, Mark Habat, who has played drums on more polka recordings than any other living person, is a Lifetime Achiever for the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame. And sideman Christopher Byndas was the Polka Hall of Fame "Sideman of the Year" in 2007. Brother Gary Byndas won that award in 2010.
The ISM is pleased to return to the Hudson Band Concert, where they performed in 2002 and 2003.