Saturday, February 24, 2017
Gary Sredzienski and The Serfs have become a regular feature at the Dance Hall with rollicking all-ages dance parties. On Saturday, November 11 they return to warm up the weekend with their accordion driven ethnic, instrumental rock, extreme polka.
Gary Sredzienski & The Serfs have been delighting audiences for 20 years with their unique blend of instruments and musical genres. One of the earliest objectives of the band was to elevate the much maligned image of the piano accordion. The Serfs draw from a wide variety of traditional world music styles and its own compositions to cross boundaries and elevate the accordions image to a diverse multicultural vocalist.
Local treasure and band leader Gary Sredzienski is an exceptionally versatile and passionate accordionist. His repertoire is the result of meeting musicians and people from a wide variety of cultures and musical styles. His grandparents came from Poland at the turn of the century and as a young child he was immersed in Polish culture and traditional music. His professional career began at age 9, and at age ten he joined a group of 1930s vaudeville music performers traveling around New England playing with the Hog Hollow Hooters. It is from them that Gary learned old American music along with the art of performance. Today his ever expanding repertoire encompasses music from a wide range of world and American traditions. He plays 1960s surf rock, traditional ethnic, and his own accordion compositions with his group, the Serfs, featuring Chris DeCato, Jamie DeCato, and Jim Taylor.