Weekend Lineup
Sunday Dancing: La Grange, New Taiton, Schulenburg, Tomball

Lots of great choices for dancing on Sunday!

La Grange
Slavnost - May FestRecognition of descendants of Czech Immigrants of any year, 10:30 AM. Recognition of Immigrant Wall Stones placed 2018-19, 11 AM.  Fried Chicken Dinner served beginning at 11:30 AM, $10/person - includes meal and all events.  Re-opening of SPJST Lodge #19 in the Czech Village, 1:30 pm - Demonstration at the Zapala─Ź Saw Mill - Czech Newspaper Museum -  Raffle - Car Show - May Pole Dance - Czech Village - Museum Tours - Pastry Shop - Door Prizes - Gift Shop - Country Store -  Music by the Texas Dutchmen 12:30-5 PM. Also, visit the Polka Lovers Club of Texas Museum for Open Haus!

New Taiton
The Texas Legacy Czech Band and Al Sulak & The Country Sounds invite you to salute our country's military from 2-7 pm at Taiton Community Center. Those wearing their military uniforms will be admitted free. 

Schulenburg
The Swiss Alp Dance Club will host the newly inducted South Texas Polka Hall of Fame band, Fritz Hodde & The Fabulous 6 at the KC Hall. Enjoy polka, waltz, and country music from 3-6:30 pm. 

Tomball
Rosehill Social Club annual fundraiser at VFW #2427 features kids games, moonwalk, pony rides, petting zoo, grand raffle, silent and live auctions. Dance from 5-9 pm to The Country Knights. $10 admission. Rosehill Social Club was founded in 1998 in memory of Michael Szymanski, dedicated to helping familes in need. Learn more.

Also this weekend
San Antonio Hails Conjunto
The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center will host the 38th Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival May 15-19, at the historic Guadalupe Theater and Rosedale Park in San Antonio. The festival expects to draw over 5,000 Conjunto music lovers from across Texas, the U.S., Mexico, as well as international visitors. The festival will feature about 30 of the very best and most popular bands in Conjunto music, including Los Texmaniacs. See the schedule.

More Fests! Magnolia Days in Columbus, featuring Black Cat Choir and Shiner Hobo Band...Shuffle Fest in Navasota, featuring Rocky King, Jeff Woolsey, Jody Nix...Texas Steak Cookoff in Hico, featuring Ennis Czech Boys...Music to My Beers Fest in Pearland, featuring Hector Ward & The Big Time...May Feast in Nordheim, featuring Nathan Colt Young and Chris Rybak...Sweet Home Firemen's Fest, featuring Los Kolaches, Nathan Colt Young, Broken Alibi.
Friday: Sean Orr in Austin...Vic Rodriguez in Cistern...Lost Cause at Lee County Fair in Giddings...Das Ist Lustig at Rudi Lechner's (Sat. too!)...Brave Combo in Irving...Off the Grid at King's in Pearland (Sat. too!)...TubaMeisters at Beethoven Maennerchor in San Antonio...Edward Kopecky's Fun Time Czech Band in Walburg.
Saturday: Jeff Woolsey in Anhalt...EZ Country in Cistern...Matt Cranley at Mullins Prairie Store in La Grange...Kenny James at Alpine Brauhaus in Webster.
Sunday: Edward Kopecky's Fun Time Czech Band in Elgin...Country Jim & The Allstars at Houston VFW...Jerry Haisler & Melody 5 in Seaton.

The Texas Dance Hall Tour hosted by Asleep at the Wheel and Ray Benson, presented by Central Market and benefiting The Texas Dance Hall Preservation, returns June 13th - 16th in the Dallas / Fort Worth area. The Tour aspires to bring attendees the truest form of the Texas Dance Hall experience with a four-day weekend at four historic and one of a kind dance halls. Featuring the best in Texas music with performances by Hot Club of Cowtown, Jason Roberts, Asleep at the Wheel, Big Cedar Fever and Summer Dean, guests will be two-stepping their way to an unforgettable weekend. Get tickets here.



Church Events
Friday: Fayetteville Cajun Fest, featuring Charles Thibodeaux & Austin Cajun Aces and Brian Marshall.

Looking ahead to next week: Monday - The Central Texas Accordion Association will meet at Casa Chapala in Austin. Featured guests: Los Texmaniacs...Fayette County Opry in La Grange, featuring Minnie & Ella Jordan. Tuesday - Houston Accordion Association Jam at Pizza Inn on Mangum...Comal County Country Music Show in New Braunfels. Wednesday - Auf Geht's at Rudi Lechner's in Houston. Thursday - Dances are back at American Legion in El Campo third Thursday of every month. Al Sulak & Country Sounds kick off the schedule...Polka On! Pre-Party at National Polka Festival in Ennis...Squeezebox at Gruene Hall...Mark Halata at Cactus Music in Houston celebrating 30th anniversary of Accordion Kings & Queens...Alex Meixner in New Braunfels...Off the Grid in San Antonio.

Polka On, y'all!
 


Coming in June: That crazy Cajun beat. Plus Gary's salute to Zydeco. 

Photo Gallery 
Weimar Gedenke
Click on photo to see images by Joe Cool Pavlicek


Big Squeeze Finals
Click on photo to see images by Gary E. McKee

And the winners are: 
Conjunto 18-21 Anthony Ortiz Jr prize: Eduardo Garza
Conjunto 17 under: Perla Hernandez
Polka: Elijah Clements
Cajun/Zydeco: Chloe Johnson
Watch them perform at the Accordion Kings & Queens on June 1 in Houston
San Antonio Cajun
Click on photo to see images by Gary E. McKee
Das Ist Lustig in Tomball
Click on photo to see images by Julie Matus

Polka Trending
 
A day with grandparents at school, dancing lessons with Mollie B

Some features of life around here are known only in Central Nebraska

Shining a spotlight on Fredericksburg's legendary live music scene

To celebrate three decades of Accordion Kings & Queens, Texas Folklife is hosting a 30th AKQ Kick-Off Party at Cactus Music in Houston on Thursday, May 23 from 6-8 pm.
The 30th AKQ Kick-Off event will feature live music from past Accordion Kings & Queens performers Keyun Dickson & the Zydeco Masters and Mark Halata, event ticket giveaways, and a presentation of the Star of Texas Folklife award to longtime AKQ event photographer David Dodd.
 
The event is free and open to the public with RSVP!
 












Watch the videos  by Walt Harfmann of Praha Brothers, Czechaholics, & Fritz Hodde & Fab 6 at Henry Machicek Benefit in Granger...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.

Watch the videos  by George Weber of Texas Sound Check and Czechaholics at Hostyn Picnic...the Spring Awakening Dance in West featuring Dujka Brothers and Czech & Then Some...El Campo Polka Fest featuring Red Ravens, Fritz Hodde & Fab 6, The Majeks...Enzian Buam in Sealy...Red Ravens & Texas Sound Czech in Rosenberg
WEEKLY LAUGH
A cowboy told his grandson the secret to a long life. He said, "You gotta sprinkle a little gunpowder on your oatmeal, see. If you do, you'll live to a nice, ripe old age."

So the cowboy did this religiously every day, and sure enough, lived to the ripe old age of 96. When he died he left behind 4 children, 8 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren...and a 16-foot hole in the wall of the crematorium.
Submitted by Roy Haag    Share your jokes: Theresa@polkabeat.com
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