Weekend Lineup
Maifest, Car Show, Saengerfest
 
Enjoy the pageantry of the 128th Maifest in Brenham. Royalty, parade, German stuff to eat, drink, and buy! Friday music by The Emotions. Saturday, polka on with Das Ist Lustig, Seven Dutchmen, and One Ton Country. Gene Hackemack will also be patrolling, I mean, strolling the area with his accordion. Lucky #13 - the 13th Annual SPJST Car Show in Seaton. Not only do you get to see cool cars, there's great music by Jerry Haisler, Billy Havlik, & friends. Shop, bid, eat. It's a full Saturday! Then enjoy some singing on Sunday with the 72nd Saengerfest - the annual get-together of the Texas German choirs. This year, Houston Saengerbund is hosting. It's quite a show with a finale of all 13 choirs. I think I can hear it from here!
 
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Church picnic alert: Saturday - Lutheran Church in Pattison with Al Sulak & Country Sounds. Sunday - Holy Rosary in Hostyn with Czechaholics and Texas Sound Check...St. Rose in Houston with The Telstars...St. John Lutheran in Bellville with Enzian Buam. 

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Feeling FESTive? Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival in Austin; Note: Saturday night, the goal is to make the Guiness Book of World Records with the most accordions playing Viva Seguin, leg by Flaco Jiminez...Polish Festival in Houston (Chris Rybak and Brave Combo - woo hoo!)...Western Swing Fest in Mineral Wells...Songwriter Serenade in Moravia.

More great dances: Friday - Jeff Woolsey & Dancehall Kings at Lodge 88 in Houston. Saturday -  Bobby Flores with Shawn Sahm & The Tex Mex Experience @ Gruene Hall...After Al Sulak plays at Pattison Church Celebration, he'll be in Sealy later that night at the Sealy Dance Club monthly dance. Sunday - San Antonio Combo at Moravian Hall in Corpus...Lost Cause at Lodge 18 in Elgin...Liz Tally & Dusty Spur at Houston VFW...Jeff Woolsey & Dancehall Kings in San Antonio...Nathan Colt Young in Sweet Home. 

OMG! If you can't find a music venue this weekend, well you're just not lookin'! Polka On!

 
Subscription Drive Underway!

Have you bought your tickets to the TPN 30th Birthday Bash yet? Click here to get your advance tickets for $10. Mark the date on your calendar: Saturday, June 30 at KC Hall in Schulenburg. Six polka bands * Dance lessons by Valina * Door prizes * Subscription drive winners announced * Lifetime TPN subscription raffle * Slovacek's - official food sponsor * Shiner Beer - official band sponsor

Coming in May: From the Johnnie Holub Orchestra to the Holub Polka Band, John Holub is continuing the family's polka tradition. Editor Gary E. McKee gives some history behind the popular song, Wagon Wheel. Hint: it starts with Bob Dylan. The Country Music Association announced its hall of fame inductees, and one is a Texan - Johnny Gimble. June is National Accordion Month. Find out how you can celebrate at special events in Houston and Austin. Justin Everett reviews Fritz Hodde & The Fabulous 6 50-Year Journey CD, and interviews polka DJ Clinto Robinson of KULP. Theresa Parker shares her thoughts about the Polka Hall of Fame induction in Hallettsville, with lots of great photos. Of course we have your lineup of festivals, dances, live music events, and church picnics brought to you by Live Oak Brewing Co.


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Moon Over Moravia Fest
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St. Michael's Springfest
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Sweet Home Music City
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Fiddlers Frolics
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More than just cars: SPJST event to feaure live music, food

Congrats to the Hall of Fame inductees and music award winners from the International Polka Association. Winners include Mollie B and Alex Meixner Band. Read more.

 











Watch the videos by Walt Harfmann of Chris Trojacek and Alex Meixner at the Big Squeeze championship in Austin, and Dujka Brothers and Czech & Then Some at Spring Awakening Dance in West
WEEKLY LAUGH
A horse walks into a bar.
The bartender says, "Hey."
The horse replies, "Sure."
 
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