INDY  Polkamotion

I can say humbly and without ego that I'm not your average musician. I started my musical training on the accordion at the age of 6 under the tutelage of Walter Brown, himself a musician who had his own television show in the 1950's called the Great Western Roundup with Walter Brown and his Orchestra


It was clear from the moment I was born that Polka music was to be my destiny. Almost as soon as my father cut the cord, he was imparting his love of our Slovenian/Macedonian heritage and the music from those cultures.

Indy Polkamotion proudly supports the following web sites promoting all the is polka music and family fun:

July 06, 2012
Dear Bob, Our Italian Cultural Evening was such a success. I have only heard positive comments. We enjoyed your Italian songs so much. You and Mario Vian certainly added to the atmosphere of Buca di Beppo. We were so fortunate to have you as an unexpected surprise. Accordion music is always a special treat... We are very appreciative of you providing our program as members of the Italian Heritage Society of Indiana. I certainly will recommend you to anyone looking for an accordion player or a band in the Indianapolis area.
Thank you so much for coming.

Sharon McManus,

CFCS - Director, IFHE-US Development Fund
International Federation for Home Economics-United States

For the past 29 years, We've refined our technique and musicianship while taking it upon our ensemble to perfect our performances.  The result of our labors is a string of successful performances, from performing for State Senators and House Speakers to our most recent performing for the State of Indiana Bicentennial Celebration.      

For indoor and outdoor events with more than 500 people we highly recommend both of these sound companies:

Main Event Sound & Lighting is one of Indy's top stage and sound companies. They can do it all and do it digitally. Every time Kelly and his crew have run sound for Indy Polkamotion the transition and setup was seamless and the sound perfect. What more can I say... Polka Bob

Greg Hedge Audio Support for all your professional sound needs. From weddings, to festivals, private parties and corporate Greg is the ultimate professional. He and his crew are always on time and prepared. Great sound, great service!

Stage, Sound & Lighting

Bob Klemen - Accordion - 4 String Banjo - Vocals

Fred Riffel - Lead Guitar - Vocals

Denise Riffel- Small Percussion - Vocals - Manager

Dan Dyar - Drums - 1st Alternate percussionist for the Indianapolis symphony Orchestra

James Ganzberg - Keys and Vocals - Member of the Rock & Roll Hall of fame with Alabama and toured 13 years with the Blues Brothers

Craig Martindale - Bass Guitar and Vocals - One of the premier Bassists in Indianapolis, Craig toured the United States with rock bands opening for Foreigner, Rare Earth, and many more before settling down and performing with our family of musicians

About Polka Bob

Band Members



Polkas, Waltzes, 50's-60's-70's-80's Rock & Country, Italian, Euro Pop, Macedonian & Greek Horo's
Available for Weddings, Festivals, County Fairs, Corporate Functions, Birthday and Anniversary Parties

We love to perform for schools and civic organizations. It lets children and adults that the music we perform is for everyone.

May 26, 2012
All of us and our guests enjoyed your band’s performance. My mom is still talking about the party! Thank you so much for the great music and allowing my mom to play with you! We will have stories to tell for years to come from that one evening!      

Debbie Hillenburg

October 24, 2014
You music was just GREAT last night at the Miller's Senior Living!  Mother and I enjoyed it as did all the residents!!!!!!!!!  I've been to many Oktober Fests both in the US and in Germany and your music was as good as any I've heard!!  Such happy upbeat tunes and excellent accordian music!!!

Many thanks!
Michelle Walter


January 26, 2013
     Bob, I just wanted to let you know that now that the dust has settled and I have heard comments about the party that everyone was very pleased with Polkamotion - both young and old and those in the middle!!! We also appreciated your helping teach the polka and dancing with several of our employees so they could get the steps too. I had a lot of comments that this was the best "holiday" party in a long time! I also enjoyed the songs you played near the end of the evening!
     I would especially like to thank you for playing Volare!!! It brought back many happy memories of my summer childhood in the late 50's early 60's of going to the movie drive-in where Volare was always the song they played while waiting for the sun to set so we could start the movie. Music was a big part of my life because from the time I was 6 to 16 we did not have a TV and as a family we listened to music all the time - everything from opera to show tunes.

Thanks again for a very enjoyable evening!
Lorraine Caltagirone
HNTB Corporation - Indianapolis, In