Ennis Czech Music Fest
Plus Barefoot Becky & Alex Meixner in Texas!
The 12th Annual Ennis Czech Music Festival is this Saturday! I'll see you there starting Friday night with the Polka On! Pre-Party in the Sokol Hall Clubroom. Out of the Box will provide the entertainment & I have some cool stuff to give away for door prizes. The festival gets going at 1 pm on Saturday. Five polka bands - Czech & Then Some, The Moravians, Ennis Czech Boys, Czech Harvesters, and Jodie Mikula Orchestra - provide music all day long. New this year: Texas Folklife is hosting a Big Squeeze Accordion Contest Showcase, looking for some polka talent. Accordionists 25 and under are invited to audition for a chance to reach the finals in April. The showcase will be held from 4:30-5 pm. Contestants will be accompanied by members of Czech & Then Some. After contestants perform, enjoy a special performance by David Slovak (CATS) on the piano accordion, Charlie Patak (Czech Harvesters) on the chromatic accordion, and Jerry Petter (Vanek Czech Band) on the button accordion.
Barefoot Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchmen begin their Texas tour in New Braunfels on Sunday at Eagles Hall. And ya know it's Mardi Gras time when Alex Meixner heads to Texas to play at Liederkranz Hall in Houston, and the Fat Tuesday Polka Party on the 13th at Brauntex Theatre in New Braunfels.
Polka On, Y'all!