In a recent announcement from the International Polka Association, Carl Finch, leader of the nuclear polka band, Brave Combo, has been inducted into the International Polka Association Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony and awards presentation will be held at the IPA Polka Hall of Fame and Music Awards on Saturday, September 3, 2016, at the Millennium Hotel in Buffalo, New York, during the 48th annual IPA Polka Festival and Convention. An academy of 180 electors from across the USA select the inductees. More information about the IPA and the HOF Awards can be found at http://www.ipapolkas.com
Finch and his band, Brave Combo, have been helping to spread polka music to non-polka audiences, as well as traditional music fans, since 1979. Originally perceived by many as a joke or novelty act (making fun of polka), Brave Combo has long since silenced doubters and critics, becoming a mainstay in the polka industry and winning two Polka Grammy Awards. While introducing its unique take on the genre to an ever-expanding base of faithful followers, at festivals and concerts across the country, the Texas band exposes uninitiated listeners to the special sound of polka music and its many forms.