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Accordionist Frank Lenz of Upland, CA has been playing polka and European music in California for over 50 years. During the 60's he lived in Northern California, but has now been  in Southern California for over 40 years. He plays every weekend in the Bier Stube at the German-American "Phoenix Club" in Anaheim, CA with his very able  vocalist Renate at his side singing all the old German favorites. Photo: Don Haderle

Accordionist Frank Lenz of Upland, CA has been playing polka and European music in California for over 50 years. During the 60's he lived in Northern California, but has now been in Southern California for over 40 years. He plays every weekend in the Bier Stube at the German-American "Phoenix Club" in Anaheim, CA with his very able vocalist Renate at his side singing all the old German favorites. Photo: Don Haderle

Frank Rote was born in a small Slovenian community located in upstate New York. He currently lives in Alta Loma, CA and plays both button and piano accordion. He is in charge of many of the activities at the Slovene Hall in Fontana and is the leader of the Fontana Button Box Accordion Club, a local button accordion band. He also has his own Polka band, The Frank Rote Orchestra.

Frank Rote was born in a small Slovenian community located in upstate New York. He currently lives in Alta Loma, CA and plays both button and piano accordion. He is in charge of many of the activities at the Slovene Hall in Fontana and is the leader of the Fontana Button Box Accordion Club, a local button accordion band. He also has his own Polka band, The Frank Rote Orchestra.

The late Joe Umeck Jr. of the "Fontana Button Accordion Club". Playing on button box and chromatic accordions for more than 60 years,  Umeck advanced the cause of Cleveland-Style Polkas across the nation. Joe led his own orchestra in Girard, OH from 1936 to 1966. A pioneer in the button-box revolution, Joe organized the Chicago Slovene Button Box Club in 1970, making three recordings and leading tours to Slovenia. Moving to California in 1977, Joe revamped the Fontana Slovene Button Box…

The late Joe Umeck Jr. of the "Fontana Button Accordion Club". Playing on button box and chromatic accordions for more than 60 years, Umeck advanced the cause of Cleveland-Style Polkas across the nation. Joe led his own orchestra in Girard, OH from 1936 to 1966. A pioneer in the button-box revolution, Joe organized the Chicago Slovene Button Box Club in 1970, making three recordings and leading tours to Slovenia. Moving to California in 1977, Joe revamped the Fontana Slovene Button Box…

FRANK JOSEPH VIDERGAR Born March 15, 1935, Gardnersville, NY. Passed away peacefully at home December 27, 2007. Frank moved to Fontana with his family in 1949. After serving in the US Navy, he obtained a BS in Accounting from Cal Poly, Pomona.  Frank taught himself-and later his children and numerous others-to play the button accordion. He led a Slovenian-style polka band and was president of the Fontana Slovene Button Accordion Club, which for 25 years hosted an annual "button box"…

FRANK JOSEPH VIDERGAR Born March 15, 1935, Gardnersville, NY. Passed away peacefully at home December 27, 2007. Frank moved to Fontana with his family in 1949. After serving in the US Navy, he obtained a BS in Accounting from Cal Poly, Pomona. Frank taught himself-and later his children and numerous others-to play the button accordion. He led a Slovenian-style polka band and was president of the Fontana Slovene Button Accordion Club, which for 25 years hosted an annual "button box"…

Interior of the "Bierstube" pub at the German-American  "Phoenix Club" in Anaheim, CA - Accordion player Frank Lenz and German singer Renate are here every Friday and Sunday evening for your listening and dancing pleasure.

Interior of the "Bierstube" pub at the German-American "Phoenix Club" in Anaheim, CA - Accordion player Frank Lenz and German singer Renate are here every Friday and Sunday evening for your listening and dancing pleasure.

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