Steve Balich Jr. has been playing music throughout the Bay Area and North Bay for 40 years. He joined with his father Steve Balich Sr. and they formed the Steve Balich Sr. Polka Band. Steve Sr., along with Clifton Buck-Kauffman and our own Jim Boggio was one of the originators of the festival who pioneered this event in 1991. Over the past 28 years they have played different venues, cruises, and polka festivals throughout California and Nevada and recorded three CD’s:The Golden Years, Steve Balich Plays All Italian Volume I and Volume II.
For the last 29 years they have been the featured band in the Polka Tent at the Cotati Accordion Festival.
In 2014 Steve Sr. retired and Steve Jr. is carrying on the tradition of The Steve Balich Band, playing a variety of music, with band members Art Wood (trumpet/trombone), Lindy Mantova (accordion), and Scott Von Heim (drum/vocals).