Weekend Lineup
Mushrooms, Bier, Polka, Picnic, Pfree-Pfor-All
Yes, mushrooms! It's the Texas Mushroom Festival in Madisonville on Saturday. 3 stages of music - Community Stage with local talent, Gospel Stage to soothe your soul, and Biergarten. In between sets at the Biergarten, check out the mushroom cooking demonstrations and winery presentations. Learn more.

And we are smack dab in the middle of Oktoberfest season, this weekend brat to you by:

Church Picnic Alert: Sunday - Red Ravens & Dujka Brothers in East Bernard...Brave Combo in Hurst...TubaMeisters Polka Mass in San Antonio...Jerry Haisler & Melody 5 in Westphalia.

It's an Accordion Pfree-Pfor-All in Pflugerville! What started out as a one-night concert for the Central Texas Accordion Association has expanded this year to music all day long at several venues around town on Tuesday, October 16. Pfantastic! Pfind out more.


Also this weekend - Friday: Roger Kirby & Texas Heartbeat in Elm Mott...Sean Orr in Round Top. Saturday: Nathan Colt Young in Da Costa...Jeff Woolsey/Dancehall Kings in Granger...Pettit Brothers in La Grange...Doug Boggs/Cowboy Jazz Band in Navasota...Rocky King Band in New Braunfels...Glen Collins/The Alibis in Red Rock...Odessa in Rosenberg...Kenny James in Webster...Al Sulak/Country Sounds in Wharton. Sunday: Lost Cause at Austin County Fair...Fritz Hodde/Fab 6 in Elgin...Country Jim/The Allstars at Houston VFW...Cloverleaf Orchestra in New Braunfels...Czechaholics at Dozinky Fest in New Taiton...Al Sulak/Country Sounds in Schulenburg...Edward Kopecky's Fun Time Czech Band in Seaton...Charles/Fab 4 in Sweet Home.

Harvest all the OFests you can and Polka On, y'all!


Latest News
Singer/songwriter Donnie Hons (Church Picnic Polka) has a new single out. Watch A Picture Norman Never Painted. You'll love it!

Bobby Flores was indeed honored to be among the many nominees again at the 4th Annual Josie Music Awards, also known as the JMAs, held September 8, at the Celebrity Theater - Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN. Bobby had four nominations this year, "Music Producer of the Year", "Musician of the Year" and "Traditional/Classic Country Male Artist of the Year." He was awarded "Traditional/Classic Country Male Artist Entertainer of the Year." 
The Josie Music Awards is the largest Independent Music Awards Show. Founder and owner, Josie Passantino, is also the General Manager at Josie's Country Blast Radio which is heard worldwide and was awarded Favorite Internet Radio Station of the Year in 2016 & 2017. Josie has been hosting her own radio show since she was 14 years old. Now, after 9 years and 4 awards shows, it is with great passion that Josie, along with Tina Passantino, Awards Manager, and her mother, have made it their mission to "Recognize the talent of independent artists." 

The 3rd University of North Texas International Festival of Czech Music, co-sponsored by the Janáček Academy of Music (Brno) and Palacký University (Olomouc), will be held on the UNT campus during the last week of November 2018. They are calling students to submit essays and musical performances. Winners will perform at the festival. Read more. Deadline is Monday, October 15!

Have you applied for an Apprenticeship In The Folk & Traditional Arts Program by Texas Folklife? Deadline is Friday, November 16. Read more about how this program is keeping Texas traditions alive and well.

Photo Gallery 
Brought to you by Live Oak Brewing Co.

Hostyn Picnic
Click on photo to see images by Julie Matus, Justin Everett, Joe Cool Pavlicek, and Gary E. McKee

George Weber captured video of Incredible Music Makers - the last performance of the band
La Grange Oktoberfest
Click on photo to see images by Gary E. McKee

Shiner Hobos in Gonzales
Click on photo to see images by Gary E. McKee
El Campo Weekly Dance
Click on photo to see images by John Roberts
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Bell County Tractor Show
Click on photo to see images by Justin Everett

Watch the videos by Mason Nesvadba of Joe Zetka & Friends at St. Philip picnic in El Campo

Watch the videos  by George Weber of Incredible Music Makers at Hostyn Church Picnic...Texas Sound Check and Dujka Brothers at Hallettsville Kolache Festival

Watch the videos by Walt Harfmann of Fredericksburg Oktoberfest performances by Chris Rybak, Walburg Boys, Czechaholics, and Jodie Mikula Orchestra...the polka jam at Corn Hill Church Picnic...Franz & Schorsch in Walburg...Ennis Czech Boys in Elgin...Huber Eduard-Bozen in Italy
Today in Navy History
Fifty-one years ago, Herman James, a North Carolina mountain man, was drafted by the U.S. Navy. 

On his first day in basic training, the Navy issued him a comb. That afternoon the Navy barber shaved off all his hair.

On his second day, the Navy issued Herman a toothbrush. That afternoon, the Navy dentist yanked four wisdom teeth.

On the third day, the Navy issued him a jock strap.

The Navy has been looking for Herman for 51 years.

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