Rising star rocks the accordion at Oktoberfest,
FROM: The Record NEWS Oct 15, 2017 by Jeff Outhit Waterloo Region Record
Marko Kecskemeti, known as The Prince of Polka outside his Kitchener home, has just wrapped up performing at this year's Oktoberfest, Sunday. - David Bebee,Record staff
KITCHENER — Oktoberfest is helping a polka-loving boy achieve his big accordion dreams.
He's 13 and been already playing for seven years. He performed Saturday at the Kitchener Market, in lederhosen and an Alpine hat, smiling broadly while busking for cash, fingers flying while he squeezed his Guerrini instrument.
The tune: Take Me Home, Country Roads, made famous by John Denver.
Marko Kecskemeti is a rising star. The previous weekend he earned $170 from passersby while playing for three hours. Cash he's earned at earlier gigs helped pay for a trip to Germany. more
"I'm really wanting to take this to another level when I get older. I want to join a band," he said. Think drummer, two guitars, one accordion.
Marko got into the accordion because he has eastern European roots and he saw it played at family gatherings. "I kind of thought it was pretty cool. It's an entire band in one instrument," he said.
Now he's halfway through his according education. Sometimes he entertains his classmates at Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School where he figures he's the only accordion player.
He's been having a blast this month. Nothing says Oktoberfest better than an accordion. Marko always looks forward it. "It just brings fun in my mind," he said.
While Marko played his tunes, market patrons got a literal taste of Oktoberfest at the 'Cook Like Oma' demonstration of German cuisine, held on the final day of the annual beer-and-bratwurst festival. Read The Record article Watch YouTube Video