Home Week!

Brody's New Drums

Everyone trying to keep up with Brody Meixner testing out his first drum set.

After a great May tour/early June tour that took Alex and the band through gigs in 7 states from New York to Missouri, it’s good to get a few weeks home. Of course, even at home, Alex is staying busy–in between running around with the kids (and trying to keep up with Brody’s new drum set!) he’s working up some new arrangements for a future album, practicing for some upcoming concerts and has a little performance at the Cummings Library in Palm City, FL on Saturday, June 20 (2pm-3:30 pm). For this show, Alex presents his “Horns a Plenty” program in which he performs and does some interactive educational demonstrations with the kids on different kinds of brass instruments. Fun for audiences of all ages, Alex will perform some classical, jazz, world and pop repertoire in between teaching about how to make sound and why it sounds like it does… Admission is free, so drop by if you’re around!

The band hits the road again next week for a quick jaunt to Pennsylvania to perform at Johnstown’s Thunder in the Valley Bike Rally on Friday, June 26, a wedding on Saturday and a return engagement at the Sands Casino’s Molten Lounge in Bethlehem on Sunday, June 28.

The hardcore summer tour hits soon after with performances throughout the northeast and Midwest. Keep an eye on the website at www.alexmeixner.com. More fall and winter dates are getting set to be announced soon and of course, visit the online store so you can be prepared with your Alex Meixner t-shirts, hat pins and CDs (or downloads)!

All Roads Lead to Johnstown!! (and then Illinois & Missouri)

Alex Photo in the Tribune-DemocratFour of the best polka bands in the nation will be converging on the stage at Johnstown’s Annual Polka Fest today, Saturday, May 30 — Multi-award winners, Dennis Polisky & Maestro’s Men, will start alternating with Cleveland’s legendary party starter, Don Wojtila before Hall of Famer Hank Guzevich’s Polka Family hits the stage alternating with 247 Polka Heaven 2014 Entertainers of the YearThe Alex Meixner Band. (AMB is there on Sunday, May 31, too!) We’re all sure there will be some epic jams too! Next best thing– the festival is free admission and has some of the best ethnic food you’ll find on this side of the Mississippi at very reasonable prices. You can’t ask for much more.

Well that is until The Alex Meixner Band journeys to the other side of the Mississippi next week. Thursday, June 4 is a great party in Waterloo, IL hosted by super fans, Ken and Barbara Leonard before Alex and the boys head to Sugar Creek, MO for the annual Sugar Creek Slavic Festival on Friday & Saturday, June 5 & 6. If you don’t already know how to kolo dance, just hang with the Sugar Creek peeps and in about 45 seconds you will be in the circle partying with everyone. Super great people — a kielbasa eating contest, dance exhibitions, the Alex Meixner Band and the new local band Kolograd will be entertaining– in addition to the best ethnic food on the other side of the Mississippi.

Spring Tour Rolls on Through NY, NJ & PA – May 13-17

SpringFest Morning Call

Newspaper photo by Anne Jordan Steiner

Tonight, May 13, the boys and I are returning to a regular stop- Reichenbach Hall in Manhattan at 7pm. Continuing on Thursday, May 14 to Tom Lorch’s infamous Village Lanterne in Lindenhurst on Long Island (Everyone needs to experience Chu’s awesome soups there!) and Friday, the 15th will be a doubleheader with a school presentation before we rock the hill at the Reading Liederkranz!

Hopefully a full night of sleep awaits before our first gig for 2015 at the Pilsener Haus in Hoboken on Saturday and finally the tour will be concluding with the Spring Fest at Allentown, PA’s Maingate on Sunday. A full slate of performers including local students from the Community Music School (where I used to teach!) and William Allen High School– as well as Polka Hall of Famer- Walt Groller, John Stevens, Steve Brosky and Jimmy Meyer will be on hand for the premier of the PA Music Preservation Society (check out my picture on the front page of Allentown’s Morning Call Newspaper  promoting the event! )