Grammy Award winning performer Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra are making a return appearance to the Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave., in Windber, at 8 p.m. July 20.
Frank Cunsolo, the executive director of the Arcadia, said the show would be a very popular one featuring the "Number one Polka band in the country for the past 10 years." He said, "We have had many, many requests to bring Jimmy back since they were here about four years ago."
"Jimmy and His Orchestra have over 117 recordings. Sturr has won 18 Grammy awards and has received more consecutive Grammy nominations than anyone in the history of the musical awards," said Cunsolo. "They have also been voted the number one Polka band in the country over the last 12 years."
Cunsolo stressed that this is "not just a Polka show. Polkas have made him very, very famous, but this is also going to be a big band show." Sturr and His Orchestra incorporate a special tribute in their show "to the all the men and women in the military who are protecting us every day of our lives," he explained.
Albums and songs Sturr is known for include, "Polka Jut for Me," "Born to Polka," "Living on Polka Time" and "Come Share the Wine." "This is one very big band, that plays one tune after another," said Cunsolo. "I am just so proud to be bringing them back again. The last time he was here, he sold out the theater."
Broadcast Music Inc. has awarded Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra it's most valued award, the "Commendation of Excellence," the only one ever awarded in the Polka field.
One of the major events of Sturr's career was to appear on the "Grand Old Opry."
Cunsolo said they were not the only Polka band to appear but they were the only band to appear with brass.