Weekend Lineup
Accordion Kings & Queens, June Fest, Church Picnic
 
Texas Folklife presents the 29th Annual Accordion Kings & Queens at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston on Saturday night. The four grand prize winners of the Big Squeeze Contest will be performing along with pros Czech & Then Some, Eva Ybarra y su Conjunto Siempre, Keyun Dickson & Zydeco Masters, and Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew. If you've never been to this event, make a point to go. It's an amazing amount of top accordion music from 7-11 pm, it's free, and there's room for dancing. Bring a picnic, make an evening of it. 

If a down-home community gathering is more to your liking, check out the 162nd Annual June Fest in Cat Spring (just outside of Sealy). It's held at the Cat Spring Agricultural Society Hall and features BARBECUE - beef, pork, and sausage buffet starting at 5 pm. Live auction at 6 with lots of cool things to bid on, then dance to the music of Lost Cause. Great way to spend an evening in the country.
 
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Church picnic alert: Sunday - Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Corn Hill features the music of Jodie Mikula.

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More great music: FRIDAY: Help Sengelmann Hall celebrate its 6th anniversary with Rockin' Lloyd Tripp...Los Kolaches are at the 90th Tom Tom Festival in Yoakum. SATURDAY: The Moods, The Velvets, and O'Neal Brothers are at Thump Pavilion in Luling...Twilights play for the Sealy Dance Club public dance...The Emotions will be at the Tom Tom Festival. SUNDAY: Detour will be at VFW #10352 in Houston...Glen Collins & The Alibis are in Elgin...Charles & The Fab 4 are in Sweet Home...Polka jam at the SPJST Star Hall Annual Picnic in Seaton; music inside.

Still live from LA, y'all Polka On!

 
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Coming in June: Meet the winners of the Big Squeeze contest and how they came to love the national instrument of Texas. Gary E. McKee recalls his first visit to Sefcik Hall in Seaton. Get the details on the Texas-sized birthday party for TPN's 30th anniversary. Squeezebox will be in town in July for a fundraiser for the Brazosport Cares Food Pantry, and for a Sunday dance at Flag Hall in Cyclone. Alex Meixner spent some time with band students in El Campo. Justin Everett reviews the Czech Harvesters 40th Anniversary CD, talks with DJ Harold Otto of Wisconsin, and introduces us to Mason Ramsey, an 11-year-old channeling Hank Williams. We remember Jodie Hermes, one of the founders of the Red Ravens band. Check out photos from the Hostyn Picnic and the Rybaks' latest European tour. Of course, we have your monthly calendar of music events including church picnics brought to you by Live Oak Brewing Co.  
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Shiner Church Picnic
Click on photo to see images by Karen Kurtz, Joe Cool Pavlicek, Julie Matus

Hallettsville Church Picnic
Click on photo to see images by Julie Matus and Karen Kurtz
 

National Polka Festival PreParty
Click on photo to see images by Gary E. McKee.

NPF Kolache Eating, Parade
Click on photo to see images by Lauren Haase and Gary E. McKee
 

National Polka Fest Sunday
Click on photo to see images by Lauren Haase and Gary E. McKee

NPF More Sunday
Click on photo to see images by Lauren Haase and Gary E. McKee
 

National Polka Fest More Sunday
Click on photo to see images by Lauren Haase and Gary E. McKee


NPF Conga & Chicken Dancin'
Click on photo to see images by Lauren Haase and Gary E. McKee
NPF Saturday
Click on photo to see images by Justin Everett and John Roberts
 
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Sweet Home Volunteer Fire Depart dances. Click on photo to see images by Joe Cool Pavlicek

Swiss Alp Dance Club Click on photo to see images by John Roberts

Eva Adams Ceska Kapela at Czech Center Museum in Houston. Click on photo to see images by Julie Matus.

Watch the videos by Walt Harfmann of National Polka Fest bands - Alex Meixner, Czech Harvesters, Alpenmusikanten, Fritz Hodde/Fab 6, Czechaholics, Ennis Czech Boys, Eva Adams Ceska Kapela, and The Moravians. Also check out Edward Kopecky's Fun Time Czech Band in Taylor
WEEKLY LAUGH
A distraught senior citizen  phoned her doctor's office.  "Is it true," she wanted to know,  "that the medication  you prescribed has to be taken
for the rest of my life?"

"Yes, I'm afraid so," the doctor told her.

There was a moment of silence  before the senior lady replied,  "I'm wondering, then,  just how serious is my condition  because this prescription is marked  'NO REFILLS'."
 
Submitted by John Parker       Share your jokes: Theresa@polkabeat.com
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