Matt Hodek & the Dakota Dutchmen bringing polka to Hansen Arts Park

People enjoy the sun during the first Downtown Arts Market in Jamestown in June. Matt Hodek & the Dakota Dutchmen will perform at the next Market, which is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at the Hansen Arts Park. Kathy Steiner / The Sun
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The Downtown Arts Market will host Matt Hodek & the Dakota Dutchmen from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at the Hansen Arts Park.

Hodek, the bandleader from Lankin, N.D., will bring an authentic polka experience to Jamestown, a genre of music originating from what is now the Czech Republic that includes vocals, piano, bass horns, drums, horns, trumpets and an accordion.

“It’s dance music,” Hodek said. “It’s music that puts people in a good mood.”

Hodek will be joined by five others on the boulder pavilion stage, a group that has been together for the last 15 years. Matt Hodek & the Dakota Dutchmen have traveled all over the country to perform, including Arizona, Texas, Las Vegas, Washington and throughout the Midwest.

Hodek began playing polka music after experiencing the Czech culture in his hometown.


“It just came with the area we’re from,” he said. “There’s a lot of polka bands two hours north of Jamestown.”

Arts Center advertising and public relations coordinator Angela Martini urges people in the community to come and experience the culture of polka music.

“They draw a huge crowd every time they’re here,” Martini said. “Polka is very popular in North Dakota.”

The Arts Center has hosted Matt Hodek & the Dakota Dutchmen several times before, including Oktoberfest last year.

The event is free to the public, and Martini encourages those present to polka dance.

Spiritwood Homesteaders, a bluegrass band comprised of Terry and Linda Schwartz, will open for Matt Hodek & the Dakota Dutchmen. Their show will begin at 5:30 p.m.

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