Mitch Polzak & The Royal Deuces were founded in Northern California in 1999, and have been entertaining audiences worldwide with their highly original sound and show ever since. The three-piece band, fronted by Polzak on Guitar, vocals, and five string banjo play a wide representation of American Roots Music from Rockabilly to Honky Tonk. Polzak’s incredible showmanship and ability to connect with his audiences as well as his diverse background in multiple genres (including Cajun, Bluegrass and Surf), contribute to what makes his sound and show so unique. Polzak truly extends an invitation for connection on every show!
Mitch’s ability to engage, connect with and entertain an audience is something that runs deep in the family history as Mitch is a direct descendant of August Ringling of the Ringling Bros. Circus and nephew of the renowned Chicago-based jazz pianist, Peter Polzak.
Mitch Polzak plays about 230 shows a year, and is completely committed to his career path as a working musician, with the goal of taking his show to larger audiences around the world every year. The love for performing and the music shine in his energetic shows, which he creates without a set list, basing them on audience reactions and building energy in the room. He gives each show 100 percent, and is also known to perform for several hours straight without breaks.
Mitch Polzak & The Royal Deuces have played in the U.S., Spain, Holland, Belgium, Germany and the Czech Republic; and he looks forward to taking his music to more parts of the world in addition to the very popular weekly livestream shows he does “Live From The Polzak Ponderosa and Banjo Bonanza!)
Mitch Polzak & the Royal Deuces is made up of a variety of experienced veteran musicians. His core players are Hank Maninger (bass) and Les James (drums). Mitch says, “The idea of a three-piece band excites me, as every member has to pull their weight…” He plays so many gigs that in addition to his core players, he also has the great fortune to work with: Scott Esbeck (original bassist of Los Straitjackets), Ken Owen, Paul Olguin (Mazzy Star), Jimmy Touzel and Timothy Orr-- for the occasions that he needs them.