Is now The Buffalo Lutheran Employment Service.
In the late 50's, this was known as the Art Kubera Accordian Studio. How cool is that? I didn't always appreciate the accordian, probably dating back to my first high school dance in the fall of 1963, when the band was Big Steve and the Bel-Airs. My class was born and raised on rock and roll, and here we had a polka band. But I learned to appreciate music, all kinds, and more than that, I learned to appreciate the many cultures and backgrounds found in Buffalo. Art Kubera and Big Steve, among many others, came to represent to me the several generations that came to Buffalo who worked hard, building homes, schools, and monumental houses of worship; they built this city. They played hard too, bringing their music with them. And it has become a part of me. That's why I remember.
I think Art Kubera is still around; Big Steve Krezeminski passed away in 1999. I've always wondered if he ever noticed that 13 year old kid, watching him fly with that accordion.
11-21-13 Note: Sadly, Mr. Kubera passed away on 11-19-13.