Weekend Lineup
Festivals in Corpus & Schulenburg; 
Church Picnic Alert: Frelsburg

Dog days of summer - perfect time to head to Corpus, get away from it all, and enjoy the polka motion by the ocean. The 6th Annual Summer Polkafest features music by Czechaholics and Leo Majek Orchestra. Of course, also great food (get there early for the kolaches!), and Czech heritage fun.

Back in the Polka Belt, it's the National Party of Texas with the Schulenburg Festival. Music all weekend starting tonight. Bands include Los Kolaches, Texas Unlimited Band, Mark Chestnutt, and The Original Triumphs. Parade on Sunday (watch for PoLK of A float!).

Church Picnic Alert: Sts. Peter & Paul Country Festival features Frelsburg Famous Fried Fish! Oh yeah, music too, by Larry Sodek & Friends, and dance with Lost Cause. Immanuel Lutheran in La Vernia has Chris Rybak playing from 11 am to 1 pm.

Also this weekend - Friday: Charles & Fab 4 in Eagle Lake...Justin Trevino in San Antonio. Saturday: Shiner Hobo Band helps Shiner Saloon in Austin celebrate its anniversary...Justin Trevino in Blanco...Off the Grid in Burton...Red Ravens in Da Costa...The Kreneks in Sealy. Please note: I had listed Edward Kopecky Fun Time Czech Band in Deanville on Saturday, but I had the wrong date. They played there on July 4th, so no dance in Deanville this weekend. Sunday: Bootleg Country at Houston VFW...Nathan Colt Young in Sweet Home.

Y'all stay cool & Polka On!


Coming in August: The 4th Annual Oktoberfest
Guide is 32 pages packed with information you need to plan your fall festival schedule. The cover story celebrates Westfest, as they reach the $1 million dollar mark of giveback money to the community. Dance the million dollar polka at Westfest on Labor Day Weekend, featuring Squeezebox with Mollie B., Brave Combo, and 8 more polka bands, plus country concerts. The August issue cover story celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Czech Harvesters of Ennis. Gary E. McKee finds a connection between Woodstock and polka festivals. Justin Everett reviews a CD blast from the past - Telstars New World of Polka, and profiles DJ Danny Zapletal. More news: Remembering polka musician and arranger Frank Kubena of Ennis...Special dances in August include Tribute to Rose Wilshire free dance in New Taiton and the Boogie Back to Bastrop Swing Festival. Of course, we have your listing of dances, festivals, live music events, and church picnics.

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Thank you for making the  TPN 30th Birthday Bash such a success and true celebration - one that I'm sure founder Julius Tupa would have loved! See all the great photos below and watch for our special commemorative edition in September.  

That issue will mark four years since we resumed publication. The special issue will include TPN history, a surprise guest columnist, coverage of the birthday bash, Top 30 compilation of favorite songs, bands, and dance halls, and special ads from our birthday party sponsors. 

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Moulton Pavlas Tavern
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Moulton Jamboree
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Red Ravens @ Lodge 88
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Watch the videos by George Weber parade...Louisiana Folk Festival...Mark Halata & Texavia and The Moravians at the Moravian Parish Picnic

Watch the videos by Walt Harfmann of great polka music on his European tour
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