Weekend Lineup
Boogie Back to Bastrop, Edge Up to Ennis,
Hunker Down in Houston!
Rain or shine, the folks in Bastrop plan to dance Friday and Saturday at the Boogie Back to Bastrop Western Swing Festival. Friday bands feature Frank Cavitt & The Honky Tonk Doctors and Jeff Woolsey & The Dancehall Kings. Bands on Saturday are Doug Boggs & The Cowboy Jazz Band and the Rocky King Band. Weather permitting, Texas Polka News will be there with something special for all you single guys out there - a free drink ticket and a raffle ticket for several chances to win a Bass Pro gift card. Also, get a free drink ticket when you subscribe or renew your subscription to the Texas Polka News. 

Big event in Ennis this weekend. Jodie Mikula Orchestra will celebrate 50 Years of Music & Memories at Sokol Hall on Saturday beginning with a reception at 3 pm and dance at 6 pm. The Moravians will get the party started Friday night in the Sokol Clubroom at 7 pm. 

The KC Hall on E Whitney Dr in Houston is the site of the annual Summer Fling on Saturday night with Red Ravens providing the music. If you don't already have your tickets, dinner tickets for $10 and dance tickets for $10 will be available at the door. Doors open at 4 pm.

Of course, Hurricane Harvey may have something to say about your travel plans. Be sure to call the venues before you head out.
Cancellations that polkabeat knows of so far:
Friday, Aug 25
San Antonio: Canciones - Tex-Mex Dance Party @ Pearl Park, 5:30-8:30P, Featuring Travis Buffkin, Mitch Webb & The Swindles
Saturday, Aug 26
Houston: Czech Center Museum Gala
Seguin: Heart of Texas Roadshow w/Dion Pride, Darrell McCall, Dottsy, Mona McCall @ Texas Theatre, 2:30 & 7:30P...830-372-6168
Sunday, Aug 27
RESCHEDULED TO SEPT 10 Rosenberg: Holy Rosary Bazaar - Lazy Farmers Band...281-342-3089

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Coming in September: Classic or with a bite - Alpine Village Band and its alter-ego, The Dogensteins - have your polka. Theresa Parker interviews band leader Wes Kucera about the move to more edgy music backed by a long tradition of Czech music that started in the old country. Gary E. McKee and Wes Matus pay tribute to record producer extraordinaire Ray Doggett. We remember Johnnie I Krajca and Glen Campbell. Justin Everett reviews a pure country CD by Roger Kirby & The Texas Heartbeat. In honor of the 40th anniversary of the King's death, Justin also shares a story about Elvis and his Texas connections. Carl Finch of Brave Combo has some musings from the road. In the market for a sousaphone or books of music? Check out the For Sale section. Of course we have your schedule of church picnics, dances, festivals, and live music events.

Photo Gallery
More Prazska Pout
Betty Nemec shares her photos from the mega event.

Photos of the Mother Parish
Gary E. McKee shares his exterior images of St. Mary's.
Cameron Picnic
Justin Everett presented Alfred Vrazel with an outstanding musician award for his work in polka music. Check out the photos from the St. Monica picnic with Leo Majek Orchestra. Images by Justin

Swiss Alp Dance Club
Everyone enjoyed the music of the Dujka Brothers in Schulenburg. Even Mason Nesvadba's first-grade teacher attended to hear Mason play and dance some polka! Images by Gary E. McKee
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Enzian Buam at Hallet Oak Gallery Julie Matus enjoyed the Listening Room at the gallery in Hallettsville. Watch videos one, two, three, four, and five.
St. Michael Parish Picnic Julie also captured some "hot" dancing at the Weimar picnic.
Happy Cousins Dance Club John Roberts found lots of smiling faces at the club's dance with Charles/Fab 4

Watch the videos by Walt Harfmann of Jodie Mikula Orchestra in Elgin and the Walburg Boys in Walburg

I felt like my body had gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor's permission to 
join a fitness club and start exercising. I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. 
I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotard on, the class was over.

Submitted by Gwen Petersen
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