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ST. VALENTINE POLKA NIGHT AT THE NITE-CAPPE.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Nite-Cappe, 1769 Abbott Rd, Lackawanna, NY 14218, will hold its first polka event of 2017 — a St. Valentine Polka Night — on Saturday, February 18. The event at “the Cappe,” 1769 Abbott Rd. (corner of Martin Rd.), will run from 7:30-10:30 p.m., and feature live polka and party music by Special Delivery.

Special Delivery is one of Buffalo most versatile bands, playing everything from ethnic favorites to popular dance tunes of all types.

The Nite-Cappe, owned by the Sabuda family, is well known for its outstanding dinner and lunch menu. It will feature a fare of Polish American favorites for the polka party.

For more information, call The Nite-Cappe at (716) 825-9488.

SPECIAL DELIVERY AT IPA BENEFIT, JANUARY 28
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International Polka Association will celebrate January as “National Polka Month” with the 2nd Annual “Buffalo” Festival of Bands – Warm-Up Dance, Sat., Jan. 28, 2017 from 6:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m. at Potts Banquet Hall, Clinton & Rossler Plaza, 41 S. Rossler Street, in Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Music will be provided by the following Eight Buffalo Polka Bands: Phocus, New Direction, Rare Vintage, Concertina All-Stars, Buffalo Touch, Special Delivery, “Original” Krew Brothers, and The Knewz.

There will also be special guest appearances by local IPA Hall of Famers (subject to availability), Stephanie Pietrzak, John Gora, Eddie Guca, Johnny Karas, Michael Nowakowski, and Mark Trzepacz.

Admission is $10.00 for IPA members and $15.00 for non-members. For table reservations, call New York IPA Director, Lori Urbanczyk at (716) 675-6588. IPA Memberships are $15.00 and by joining, your admission is only $10.00. The public is welcome so come early and enjoy a full evening of Buffalo’s best polka sounds.

POLKA PARTY TO KICK OFF 2016-2017 SEASON.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Live polka music returns to the Clinton Bar & Grill for the 2016-17 Fall and Winter season.

The first event, Saturday, September 10, will be a kick-off celebration in honor of the next-day Buffalo Bills season opener against the Ravens.

Music by Buffalo's Special Delivery will be from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the bar at 2460 Clinton St. (near Harlem).

As usual, there is no cover charge, drink specials, great food, and the company of polka music's upper crust, all peppered with the zippy music, and pithy repartee you have come to know and love.

For more information, call Clinton Bar & Grill at (716) 768-3246.

SPRING FLING POLKA PARTY AT THE NITE-CAPPE
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Spring is a time when a young man’s fancy turn to thoughts of love, specifically, “who was that hottie I was dancing with at the Dyngus Day party?” In an earnest effort to facilitate the possibility of meeting that cutie again, The Nite Cappe is holding a Spring Fling Polka Party, Sunday, April 10, from 4:30-7:30 p.m, featuring the music of Buffalo’s Special Delivery.

Known for its hospitality, food, drinks, and atmosphere, the Nite Cappe is the place to spend this non-Bills game day, getting yourself in shape for pumpkin pie, stuffing, and that second helping of Ciocia Marynia's ambrosia! Delish!

The event will also honor Nite-Cappe owners Steve and Carol Sabuda, who were the grand marshals in Lackawanna’s 2016 Dyngus Day Parade.

Special Delivery is one of Buffalo most versatile bands, playing everything from ethnic favorites to popular dance tunes of all types.

The Nite-Cappe, located at 1769 Abbott Road in Lackawanna, N.Y. is owned and operated by the Sabuda family, the best cooks this side of the Smokes Creek. Well known for its outstanding dinner and lunch menu, the Nite Cappe will feature a fare of Polish American favorites for the polka party. The kitchen will be open at noon.

For more information, call The Nite-Cappe at (716) 825-9488.

SPECIAL DELIVERY AT IPA BENEFIT, JANUARY 23
Help the International Polka Association celebrate January being “National Polka Month”at the 1st Annual “Buffalo” Festival of Bands – Warm-Up Dance, Sat., Jan. 23, 2016 from 6:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m. at Potts Banquet Hall, Clinton & Rossler Plaza, 41 S. Rossler Street, in Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Music will be provided by the following Eight Buffalo Polka Bands: Phocus, New Direction, Rare Vintage, Concertina All-Stars, Buffalo Touch, Special Delivery, “Original” Krew Brothers, and The Knewz.

There will also be special guest appearances by local IPA Hall of Famers (subject to availability) Dave “Scrubby” Seweryniak, Stephanie Pietrzak, John Gora, Eddie Guca, Johnny Karas, Michael Nowakowski, and Mark Trzepacz.

This is a similar event sponsored by the IPA that has run in Chicago for the past 47 years featuring their local talent and Hall of Famers.

Admission is $10.00 for IPA members and $15.00 for non-members. For table reservations, call New York IPA Director, Lori Urbanczyk at (716) 675-6588. IPA Memberships are $15.00 and by joining, your admission is only $10.00. The public is welcome so come early and enjoy a full evening of Buffalo’s best polka sounds.

CHRISTMAS PARTY TO COLLECT FOOD FOR CATHOLIC CHARITIES.
What do Christmas, Catholic Charities, and Special Delivery’s Tom Goldyn have in common? The answer: Polkas, of course! This year, Special Delivery’s darling drummer and vocalist is turning the big 6-0, and the band invites everyone to come celebrate the milestone.But Tom does not want any gifts. Instead, he asks you bring a non-perishable food item, which the band will then deliver to Catholic Charities for its Food Pantry. It all takes place December 13, 2015 at the Clinton Bar & Grill, 2460 Clinton St. (near Harlem), Cheektowaga from 4:30-7:30 p.m. As usual, no cover charge, drink specials, great food, and the company of polka music’s upper crust, all peppered with the zippy music and pithy repartee. For more information, call Clinton Bar & Grill at (716) 768-3246.

HAIL PULASKI!
October 11, 2015 may seem like an ordinary day to you, but if you know anything about the Revolutionary War, you know that is the day we celebrate the life and contributions of Gen. Kazimierz Pulaski, who lost his life in the Battle of Savannah, fighting for American independence from Britain. To honor the man and the Father of the American Cavalry (bet you didn’t know that), we will perform at a party at his honor that day at the Clinton Bar & Grill. Check our schedule for details.

REMEMBERING JACKIE
We had the special honor of performing at this year’s Jackie Schmid Memorial Scholarship, held October 3 at the Lily of Valley Hall in Cheektowaga. Hats off to Chris Tanski and all committee members who did such a wonderful job organizing the event in memory of someone who was taken too soon. Jackie was active in numerous Polish American and polka organizations.


POLKAS RETURN TO LACKAWANNA
Hats off to Steve and Carol Sabuda for hosting the band at the Nite Cappe’s first Polka Sunday, August 9. The place was packed to the ceiling and the Sabuda’s were so impressed with the polka folks, they are inviting everyone back there for a “Halfway to Dyngus” party on Saturday, September 26.

SCRUBBY AND LARRY AND JOHNNY — OH MY!
As you know (or may not) this Easter / Dyngus Day is going to be a marathon for us. First, we are playing at Millenium on Easter Sunday with Lenny Gomulka & The Chicago Push. Now we have learned that none other than Dyna-Tone founder and vegan Larry Trojak will be sitting in with the Push for both appearances at the Millenium (Easter Sunday and Easter Monday). Also joining the band will be hometown hero Johnny Karas, sax man for the Jimmy Sturr Orchestra. And, if that isn’t something to write home about, Dave “Scrubby” Seweryniak will be joining Larry and Lenny on Dyngus Day, and — depending on what time Gertie serves dinner — possibly Easter Sunday.

Of course, on Dyngus Day, we will be at the Polish Falcons in Depew from 2:00-6:00 p.m., and then we will head over to the Grapevine (the old Hearthstone Manor) were will alternate with Jerry Miesowicz’s Rare Vintage from 7:30 until the cows come home.

STUDIO TIME!
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The band is in studio, Matt Lewandowski’s Maxxx Studios, to be exact. Among the tunes to be featured on our first recording are “Chrome Dome” polka, “Bottom’s Up” polka, “Make the World Go Away” polka, and “Iron Casket” oberek. We are hoping for a Spring 2015 release date. Watch this website and our Facebook page for details.

NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH POLKA COUNTRY STILL A GO
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Polka New Year’s Eve at the Millenium Hotel is still a go. As last year, Special Delivery will share the stage with Polka Country Musicians for a great night of polkas, rock, swing, and more.

Room packages start at $279.00 and include all the trappings one can expect on New Year’s Eve. The Millenium Hotel is at 2040 Walden Ave, in Cheektowaga, N.Y., right in front of the Galleria Mall.

Please note: this is a 21-and-over only event.

GO ART! ACCORDION FEST TO BE HELD AT HISTORIC MEDINA THEATRE
MEDINA, N.Y. — The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (GO ART!) invites you to our 6th annual Accordion Fest on Sunday, September 7 at the restored Medina Theatre, 603 Main St., Medina.  The program runs from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., featuring the melodious sounds of accordions and concertinas from diverse musical traditions.  A modest donation of $5.00 is requested, with guests 18 and under admitted free, plus the opportunity to win prizes from Roxy’s Music.  Visit www.goart.org for more information.  The Fest is presented by GO ART! and Roxy’s Music Store (www.roxys.com) with support from Medina Sandstone Trust, the Orleans County Legislature, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature. 

The Accordion Fest will begin at 1:00 p.m. with “Accordions ‘Round The World,” a presentation of diverse music from Irish, Eastern European, Polish, German and Italian traditions. SUNY Geneseo Professor of Music Jim Kimball will lead this session, which features musicians Ted McGraw and John Ryan (Irish), Alex Alexandrov (Eastern European), Ken Machelski and Casey Kliszak (Polish), and Pat Gambacurta and Frank Reino (Italian), each performing on their own finely crafted and often unique instruments.  The performers collectively illustrate the extensive travels of the accordion through many cultures of our world, especially in folk music.  They’ll be followed by a Roland digital accordion demo at 2:30 p.m.

A debut performance of Roxy’s Accordion Band comes next at 2:45 p.m., followed by additional soloists, duets, trios, and open mike.  Over the past year or so, accordion players have been gathering at Roxy’s event center in Batavia once a month to share tunes, conversation and sometimes a workshop on particular techniques of the instrument.  The gathering attracts a range from beginners to seasoned players to professional musicians, all enjoying the common interest in accordions and concertinas.  An informal band, led by Deanne Hardy, has recently formed from the group, which offers all ability levels to play together in an all-accordion ensemble!  Any player is welcome to attend and offer a tune for the open mike segment, as well.

The Fest will conclude with a mini concert (and dancing) at 4:00 p.m. by Special Delivery, a versatile band from the Buffalo area that advertises “everything from ethnic to alternative.”  Longtime polka musicians Mark Kohan, Dave Miesowicz, Ted Szymanski, Jay Skiba, and Tom Goldyn offer their considerable talent not only with Polish favorites and polkas, but also with a variety of danceable music including swing, oldies, Latin and blues.  Find out more about their music and their schedule at www.thespecialdeliveryband.com.

Roxy’s Music of Batavia will offer several prizes for a drawing, including a ukulele, a harmonica package, and a free 5-month instrument rental.  Raffle tickets are on sale now at GO ART! (343-9313) and at the event for $2 each, or three for $5.  Winners will be drawn at the end of the fest.  Performers will also provide a display table of different kinds of accordions, notably Irish concertinas and button boxes and Polish concertinas.

The accordion is a reed instrument developed in Germany in the 1820s. After traveling around Europe, it became popular in New York by the 1840s. As it moved through Europe, its form and sound changed in response to different musical cultures.  Accordions utilize a “free reed” system to produce their sound, similar in concept to the metal reeds in a harmonica, where the player blows air across the reed to produce musical notes.  The accordion was the technical marvel of its day, and its portability enabled many an immigrant to carry his music along with him to New York, Louisiana, Argentina, Mexico, Asia and the Middle East—virtually everywhere.

Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (aka GO ART!) is a private nonprofit organization that provides arts and cultural programs and services to Genesee and Orleans Counties. For more info, contact GO ART! at 585-343-9313 or info@goart.org.

SUMMER FUN!
What a great summer this has been for the band! Corpus Christi’s Dozynki, Cheektowaga’s Polish American Arts Festival, the Owl Picnic, the Pulaski Parade, a ton of church lawn fets, and private gigs (including two kick-dupa weddings in Canada) have made this year one to remember. Thanks to all who have been following us in and out of Western New York. There’s lots more coming up, so be sure to check our Schedule page.

CONGRATS TO ...
Special Delivery’s Ted Szymanski and Dave Miesowicz, who took home gold and silver medals at the University of Buffalo’s Annual 5K “Run for Smiles.” (Click here to jump to photo and full story).

DYNGUS DAY WRAP-UP
We are having a Dyngus Day Wrap-Up Party, Sunday, April 27 at Metzger’s Pub,
Seneca near Union, West Seneca, N.Y. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Be there or feel the emptiness of a Dyngus unobserved.

WE’RE GOING DOWNTOWN!
We certainly will have a busy Easter weekend:

On Easter Sunday, we will be playing the Polka Mass at the Millenium Hotel in Cheektowaga for Val Bakowski’s Easter / Dyngus Day party. Music all weekend by the best polka bands north of the Mason-Dixon line.

On Easter Monday, we will return to the Polish Falcons (445 Columbia Ave., Depew, N.Y.) for the club’s annual Dyngus Day Party. We’ll be there from 2:00-6:00 p.m. If you want a good, old-fashioned place to bring your family for some Smigus-Dyngus fun, this is the place. The kitchen will be open

With the closing of the Heartstone Manor in Depew, the Chopin Singing Society has decided to move their annual Dyngus Day Party (Easter Monday) to the Adam’s Mark Hotel on Church Street. Music by Rare Vintage from 2:00-6:00 p.m., Special Delivery (7:30-midnight), Polka by DJs Rob and Geri, and performances by the Chopin Singing Society and Toronto’s White Eagle Dancers. Doors open at 11:30. Admission is only $10.00, and an Easter Buffet will be available from 12:00-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-7:00 p.m. for only $10.00. Smaczne! And — to top it all — you can stay at the Mark for just $89.00 by calling (716) 845-5100.

Here’s a link to the story from the local NPR affliate, WBFO:
http://news.wbfo.org/post/dyngus-day-celebration-comes-downtown-buffalo

WHAT A CROWD!
The gigs at Dianeagain’s seem to get better each month. Our March 8 performance there hosted the largest crowd to date. Jay thought there were about 1,423 people, we think he may have miscounted. And we were visited by polka royalty, a rascals, a scallywag or two, and dozens of women of outstanding beauty and grace. Man! We love our jobs!

PRE-VALENTINE’S DAY POLKA SHINDIG, FEBRUARY 8
Metzger’s Pub, 4135 Seneca St, West Seneca, N.Y. 14224, will feature the music of Buffalo’s newest polka band, Special Delivery, for a “Pre-Valentine’s Day Polka Shindig,” Saturday, February 8, 2014. Music will start at 7:00 p.m. In addition to polkas, waltzes, obereks, and other popular Polish American dances, the band will play a variety of rock, Latin, ballads, and other dance tunes with Valentine’s Day themes. The popular West Seneca establishment will prepare a fare of Polish American favorites for the polka party. For more information, call Metzger’s at (716) 674-9897.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
We are just blown away by the number of compliments we have been receiving since performing at Val Bakowski’s New Year’s Eve Party at the Millenium Hotel in Buffalo. You are all too kind! Thanks to all who attended this great evening. If you’ve never attended, you don’t know what you’re missing.

INTERFERENCE!
23 December 2013. We just found out the NFL has “floated” the last Bills’ game on December 29 to a 4:30, which is when we will be on stage at Dianeagain’s (The game was originally scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. start). So, the game will be on in the bar area, and you can dance and sing the evening away in the back room. Don’t miss it, ‘cause we worked up a lot of Christmas stuff to keep you in the holiday spirit. (And it’s not like the Bills are going to the Superbowl).

WOW!
9 December 2013. Thanks to everyone who came out to Metzger’s in West Seneca to hear us yesterday. The band and the bar’s owner were both blown-away by the number of SD fans that packed the place. Lots of compliments on the food, too! See you all at the Broadway Market on the 16th and 20th. Both performances are 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

SRO.
27 November 2013. Thanks to all who came out to hear us at Dianeagain’s on the 24th. The joint was jumpin’! Thanks to the guys from Tru Heritage and The Buffalo Touch for stopping by. It was fun to see our regulars on the dance floor, including Pat and Pat Coyle, John and Gloria Stempien, and special guest, Dunkirk’s own Mark Kania! Our next foray to Dianeagain’s will be on December 29. Make plans to stop by and dance off your wigilia leftovers.

Speaking of food, there’s a new chef at Metzger’s, and rumor has it the food is great and abundant. We will be there on the 8th of December, so come hungry!

SURGERY FOR DAVE.
16 November 2013. Well, the doctor said everything looks good, and said our saxman Dave Miesowicz can return to the stage (and work) following on operation on his foot. If you happen to see him Tim Horton’s or Valu, wish him a speedy recovery.

NYE SOLD OUT.
10 November 2013. We had the pleasure of playing the wedding reception for fellow musician and long-time friend Mike Kurdziel and his lovely bride Diane. Among the guests was none other than Val Bakowski, who hosts the New Year’s Eve and Dyngus Day parties at the Millennium Hotel in Cheektowaga. He told us that this year’s New Year’s Eve party with Special Delivery and Polka Country Musicians is all sold. There is, however, a waiting list in case of cancellations. To get on the list or to check for availability, call  (800) 323-3331.

POLISH HERITAGE MONTH AT THE BROADWAY MARKET
7 September 2013. October, of course, is Polish Heritage Month, and in celebration, the famous Broadway Market will have Special Delivery playing on October 5 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. If you haven’t been to the Market for a while, now’s your chance to stop by, hear some polkas, waltzes, and obereks, and pick up some great Polish food!

SD AT SCHMID SCHOLARSHIP BENEFIT
21 August 2013. We are happy to announce that we will be joining the bevy of bands that will perform for the Jackie Schmid Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser, October 5 at the Valley of Buffalo (the former Lily of the Valley Hall), 2379 Union Road in Cheektowaga. To learn more or to make a donation, visit:
http://jackieschmidscholarship.org/celebration-of-life-fundraiser

GET YOUR ROOMS, NOW!
3 August 2013. Rooms for the New Year’s Eve Party at the Millennium Buffalo are selling fast. It is a great party, with Polka Country Musicians bringing their fantastic polkas, waltzes, and obereks to town, and Special Delivery playing everything else. To make your reservation, call (800) 323-3331. Room packages start at $259.00 per couple, and that includes music, dinner, open bar, your room, and a breakfast that will knock your socks off.

UP AND RUNNING
1 August 2013. Of course, we had to pick Blue Host as a our website host, and — wouldn’t you know it — the company had a major server meltdown. Nonetheless, we are up and running. Be sure to tell all your friends about the site!

ANOTHER GREAT SHOW
29 June 2013. Thanks to everyone who came out to hear us last night at Coughlin’s Pub at St. Martha’s Lawn Fete. It was a great time, and we really enjoyed the chance to catch up with many friends from over the years.


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