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  • Type: Band
  • Hometown: New York, NY
  • Active: 2004 - 2010
Sceneroller, Polkafinger, Soraya Field Fiorio, Madi Finger , Richard LaValliere

Photo: Kathryn Sims

About This Act

From Shepherd Express, July 27, 2009: 

Around two years ago, [Richard LaValliere] decided to draw from memories of Wisconsin by forming Polkafinger.

"It's always been on the back of my mind. I'm always playing polka mix tapes at work," LaValliere explains. "I like the music for its slamming beats and clever lyrics. And besides, it gave me a chance to play bass, which I hadn't played in years. What a reliefI don't have to change those six strings every week."

Without too much trouble, LaValliere recruited Soraya Finger on rollicking, roller rink keyboards and, keeping a simple but lively beat, Madi Finger on drums. Polkafinger has the polka field pretty much to itself. "We're a scene of one," LaValliere says. "People here think they know of polka and they think it's pretty lameuntil they hear it. We get the jaded little hipsters polka-diving in the pit."

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