Weekend Lineup
SqueezeBox mania, y'all!
 
They're here! It's the annual Squeezebox Texas Tour featuring Mollie B, Ted Lange, Dana Linblad, and a new member -  guitar player Joe Poper. The four-piece band will provide a fuller sound, bigger repertoire, three-part vocal, and harmonies. Additionally, you will enjoy another vocal soloist, guitar solos, and a big Polish-Canadian smile. Joe had his own polka band for 30+ years in Canada. He has performed with John Gora for multiple years. His first performance with SqueezeBox was in November 2015. The group starts in Hallettsville Saturday night (sorry, this one is sold out), heads to Houston on Sunday, then travels to the Valley to play for the snowbirds during the week.
 
Several dance clubs have dances this weekend: PoLK of A has its annual installation of officers and royalty member meeting and public dance on Sunday at American Legion in Sealy with Incredible Music Makers...Goodtime Polka & Waltz Club in New Braunfels will host the Littl' Fishermen on Sunday...Happy Cousins Dance Club in Rosenberg will have the New Texas Plainsmen on stage Saturday night.
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More Sunday fun: Chris Rybak is in Elgin...Detour is at North Houston VFW...Nathan Colt Young is in Sweet Home.
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Check out the Opry and live music schedule for next week: Monday - Fayette County Opry in Ellinger...Tuesday - Flag City Opry in Edna and Comal County Opry in New Braunfels...Wednesday - Pettit Brothers PLUS Sean Orr and the Jordan Sisters in Schulenburg. And next Saturday, Jan. 20, Houston Saengerbund will present its 3rd Annual German Vocal Competition, The Saengerbund Awards . The finals concert is a Liederabend featuring eight national finalists who will compete for $7500 in prize money. Each performer will perform two German selections from opera, operetta, Lieder , or folk songs.
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In case you haven't heard - The Polka King, starring Jack Black premieres on Netflix tomorrow. Read more about the movie in the Polka Trending section.
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Dancing will help you stay warm this weekend! Polka On, Y'all!

 
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Tractor Club New Year's Party
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One more NYE Party - Charles/Fab 4 at Sweet Home. Images by Sandra Ruhmann.
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Watch the videos by Walt Harfmann of All Around Czechs in Cyclone, the Red Ravens at the Elgin Christmas party, and Alex Meixner and Walburg Boys at the Walburg Restaurant 
WEEKLY LAUGH
A rookie police officer took his first ride in a cruiser with an experienced partner. A call came in telling them to disperse some people who were loitering. The officers drove to the street and observed a small crowd standing on a corner. The rookie rolled down his window and said, "Let's get off the corner, people."
 
A few glances, but no one moved, so he barked again, "Let's get off that corner...NOW!"
 
Intimidated, the group of people began to leave, casting puzzled stares in his direction. Proud of himself, the young policeman turned to his partner and asked, "Well, how did I do?"
 
"Pretty good," chuckled the veteran policeman, "especially since this is a bus stop."
 
Submitted by Anna Cernoch   Share your jokes: Theresa@polkabeat.com
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