KEVIN SOLECKI Biography:
Kevin was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He started taking accordion lessons at the age of 6. At the early age of 10, Kevin started playing solo accordion performances. He could be found playing at nursing and senior homes, weddings, anniversaries, church functions, restaurants, and private parties. Some of Solecki’s earlier highlights include performances on some of Detroit’s radio and television stations.
Kevin stopped taking accordion lessons at the age of 16. Shortly afterwards, while still maintaining a demanding solo schedule, he joined a nationally known polka band from Pennsylvania, the Polka Family Band. After several extensive months of traveling the country with the Polka Family, Kevin decided to relocate to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he currently resides.
Over the past decade, Kevin has performed all over the United States. He has toured internationally in Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, the Caribbean, and Europe. He has also done numerous radio and television shows, and had the opportunity to perform at some of the country’s top polka festivals, state fairs, county fairs, hotels, and cruise ships.
After 10+ years performing and traveling with the Polka Family, Kevin departed from the band. In 2005 Kevin decided to branch out and do his own project. He chose a few friends to help him achieve a full band sound by accompanying him on drums, bass, guitar and accordion, and they recorded and released “Solecktions” in June 2005...an album consisting of different styles of polka and waltz from around the world. “Solecktions” was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Polka Album” during the 2005-2006 season. His most recent recording is a project called “Solecktive Sounds” which was released in September 2007. It once again features different styles of music which includes polka, waltz, tango, and accordion novelty favorites. It also features 14 talented guest musicians performing on drums, bass, guitar, banjo, violin, vocals, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, flute, accordion, concertina and piano.
Some of Kevin’s career highlights include performances on some of the world’s top cruise ships, a PBS Television documentary on the “polka”, a GRAMMY nomination for his debut album "Solecktions", performances as a headlining artist at the International Accordion Convention in Las Vegas, the Milwaukee Accordion Club's Summer Concert Series, the International Accordion Spectacular Show in southeastern New York, and for the Michigan Accordion Society’s annual fall concert.
Solecki may still be seen filling in with various polka bands around the country. When he can’t be found performing at one of the nation’s top polka festivals, you may catch him performing at solo shows around the country. These performances still include nursing and senior homes, church functions, corporate functions, country clubs, restaurants, private parties and solo concerts.