Weekend Lineup
Eat. Drink. Shop. Dance. Prost! Tomball, Y'all!

You are invited! Sie sind eingeladen! To the 19th Tomball German Heritage Festival set for March 29-31 in Old Town Tomball. Beginning with one oom-pah band on a flatbed trailer 18 years ago, the festival has become an annual tradition in Tomball and one of the best music/street festivals in Texas. Every spring festivalgoers put on their lederhosen and dirndls to "Go German" for the area's largest festival celebrating the heritage of the original German families that settled this area beginning in about 1840. Located on the Old Downtown Streets of Tomball the festival will feature four stages of live music entertainment "happy music for happy people," ethnic and festival food, beer, wine, 200 street vendors, all kinds of German souvenirs and clothing, arts & crafts, antiques, Heritage Center, carnival, pony ride, petting zoo, strolling music makers, street performers, and much more. It's Oktoberfest in springtime! Free admission, free shuttle. Your favorite entertainers are back - Alex Meixner (sponsored by polkabeat.com), Chris Rybak, Das Ist Lustig, TubaMeisters & more! Check out the schedule. Festival happens rain or shine!
EXTRA: Alex Meixner Band will make a special appearance on Great Day Houston on Friday morning from 9-10 am . You'll be able to watch live on the web at:  https://www.khou.com/live-video.

Also this weekend:  Friday -  Sean Orr in Austin...Paul Schlesinger/Knights of Dixie in Austin...Enzian Buam in Pearland (Sat. too!). Saturday - Brave Combo in Archer City...Glen Collins/The Alibis in Austin...Lost Cause at Moravia Store...Bobby Flores in San Angelo...Rocky King in San Antonio...Off the Grid in San Antonio...Charles/Fab 4 in Wallis...Kenny James in Webster. Sunday - Bootleg Country in Houston...Lost Cause in Sweet Home.

Looking ahead to next week: Monday - Charles Thibodeaux/Austin Cajun Aces in Austin. Tuesday - Gathering Music Show in Geronimo featuring Dennis Ivey, Randy Harrison, Jake Blocker...Houston Accordion Association at Son Nam Vietnamese Restaurant. Wednesday - Mike Stroup & Friends in Flatonia...Das Ist Lustig at Rudi Lechners in Houston...San Antonio Combo at Krause's in New Braunfels...Pettit Brothers in Schulenburg. Thursday - Floresville Opry featuring Freddie Cruz, Doug McCullough...Farm Street Opry in Bastrop featuring Rian Castillo and Keith Junot...Roger Kirby/Texas Heartbeat in Waco.

Habe ein schones wochende! Polka On!

Coming in April: Bastrop musician Sean Orr enjoys taking his audience on a cultural trip when playing his fiddle, from polka to Cajun, to Celtic, to Texas swing. He'll be joining Chris Rybak again this year at the Fiddlers Frolics in Hallettsville. Find out how this Texas State Championship fiddle fest got its start and is celebrating its 49th year. Gary McKee shares the history of Moravia Store, celebrating 130 years of good times. Justin Everett reviews the new CD by The Moravians, profiles DJ Roy Haag from New Braunfels, and remembers George Klein, famous Memphis DJ and Elvis' best friend. Of course, we have your listing of church picnics, dances, festivals, and live music events. Visit texaspolkanews.com to see the latest issue.

May Preview - Al Sulak & The Country Sounds

Photo Gallery 
Hallettsville Polka & Sausage Fest 
Click on photo to see images by Justin Everett and Earline Berger Okruhlik
Polka & Sausage Fest Sun. Dancing
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Watch the videos by Walt Harfmann of Jodie Mikula, Dujka Brothers, Fritz Hodde & Fab 6, Red Ravens, and Ennis Czech Boys at the Polka & Sausage Fest in Hallettsville

Polka & Sausage Fest Sunday Fun
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Polka & Sausage Fest Sun. Music
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Polka & Sausage Fest Hall of Fame
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Polka & Sausage Fest Sat. Mass
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Polka & Sausage Fest Sat. Smiles
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Polka & Sausage Fest Sat. Music
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Polka & Sausage Fest Fri. Nite Fun
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Wallis - Al Sulak
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The Houston Saengerbund is excited to present a new opportunity to foster German language and music by engaging in community outreach. For the very first time, high school seniors from Houston area schools will participate in a German music and language scholarship competition at the Houston Saengerbund on Sat., March 30 at 7 pm. Read more.


Watch the videos  by Walt Harfmann of Jodie Mikula, Dujka Bros, Red Ravens, Ennis Czech Boys & Fritz Hodde at the South Texas Polka & Sausage Festival in Hallettsville...Fritz Hodde & Fab 6 in Elgin...The Moravians at TPMM Fundraiser...Alex Meixner Band at Sefcik Hall...Praha Brothers in Corn Hill...Red Ravens with special guests in Cyclone.

Watch the videos  by George Weber of the El Campo Polka Fest featuring Red Ravens, Fritz Hodde & Fab 6, The Majeks...Enzian Buam in Sealy...Red Ravens & Texas Sound Czech in Rosenberg
An elderly patient gets hearing aids from his doctor. On a follow-up visit, the doctor tells him, "Your hearing is perfect. Your family must be really pleased."

The patient replied, "Oh, I haven't told my family yet. I just sit and listen to their conversations. In a month, I've changed my will three times!"

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