Alex Meixner Band Press Kit
Artist: Alex Meixner
Genre: Folk, Jazz, Polka
Home Town: Palm City, FL
The Alex Meixner Band from Palm City, FL is considered to be one of the hardest working bands in polka music today. Performing over 100 dates throughout the USA annually, Alex and his band have presented their dynamic and high energy sounds at festivals as diverse as Wurstfest (New Braunfels, TX), National Folk Festival (Butte, MT); Cotati Accordion Festival (Cotati, CA); Gaufest (Sandusky, OH); Minnesota State Fair (St Paul, MN) and many of the largest Oktoberfests in the nation as well as concert halls, rock clubs and ethnic organizations from coast to coast.
Alex, a Grammy nominee for his “Polka FreakOut” album with Bubba Hernandez is highly regarded for his traditional Austrian-German repertoire, as well as contemporary fusions with folk and pop music from around the world that make his shows entertaining for audiences of all backgrounds, while retaining the roots of the Alpine cultures that have developed in the USA.
He seeks to cultivate a unique style of folk that melds the music of the past with that of the present.
Zach Stapel Commonwealth Times
This is proof positive that polka is being reinvented by the next generation.
Robert K. Oermann Music Row Magazine
During the 3-day festival, Alex performed no less than four one-hour sets, which included an accordion workshop where he performed with four other ridiculously talented accordionists from all over the world. I never saw him when he wasn’t drenched in sweat.
Karen Sokohl http://accordiontokaren.com/?p=484
He fires up crowds with bouncing accordion jams fueled by a relentless desire to spread the joy of performance
Alex Meixner absolutely tears up the stage on a nightly basis, putting more enthusiasm into one performance than most people do in 70 years of life
TX Citizen Newspaper
You’ve never heard what he does anywhere else – it’s traditional oompah polka music, but it’s oompah on steroids. It’s oompah like you’ve never heard it before. People drive for miles, all the way from upstate New York, to see him and his band perform.
Alex Meixner’s outreach program for German and music students is a great proponent for German culture and music. His presence, both on and off-stage, commands the interest and attention of his audience and his air of genuine concern for youth is apparent and allows him to quickly develop a great rapport with them. His visit to our school was greatly appreciated by both students and staff.
Backed this year by three highly talented accomplices, the Alex Meixner Band set a new standard for fun, zaniness, musicality and perspiration!
Alex does not just play the accordion, he puts his complete heart and soul in to the task, and he manages to do things with the accordion that you would think would not be humanly possible, but he does it, and the result is incredible.
Mr. Meixner’s residency here at Sugar Valley Rural Charter School was one of the most positive educational experiences, musically, that I have ever witnessed.
The musical mastery of Alex Meixner is a gift he gives to the listener. Seeing him perform revealed the passion and in-depth spirit he has for his music.
A festival favorite for its swinging, zinging versions of tunes around the world- waltzes, gypsy numbers, funny Rocktoberfest hybrids and 57 Varieties of Polka
Alex excited the sold out crowd with a variety of tunes both on the Piano Accordion and the Button Box Accordion. His electric style of performing had the audience buzzing with excitement!
One of the rising stars in the United States in Polka Music
The combinations are intoxicating — look elsewhere if you want a dry, academic primer on world polkas
Alex has a way of challenging young people to think about the how’s and why’s of music. His energetic and enthusiastic approach inspires students to reach for higher goals
By the end of the song, your heart is beating fast, and your blood is pumping to capacity.
I have not seen that many people rush a stage in 20 years. It was an honor to have Alex perform at our event. Polkas are alive and well thanks to Alex.
Meixner temporarily transformed the ballroom into a German Fest house, filling the room with traditional polka infused with his own charismatic flair
People can’t help but dance when they are under the influence of Alex’s music and the energy he exports
If the music world had more Alex Meixners, the accordion would not be suffering from an image problem.
Of all the shows our group has attended, not one of them compared with The Alex Meixner Band’s Oktoberfest. It’s hard to get 190 seniors to agree on anything but on this, all were! The Alex Meixner Band is extraordinary and extremely entertaining!
If Polka music is to survive and grow again in the USA, Alex Meixner will be the savior
I saw polka future, and its name is Alex Meixner.
Meixner plays bass like James Jamerson and trumpet like Louie Armstrong — are exceeded only by his sheer energy, showmanship, wit and hair-shaking fun.
Watching Alex perform with Max Baca and Los Texmaniacs, I felt I was witnessing an event in music history.
Theresa Cernoch Parker Texas Polka News
It was dangerous out on the dance floor last night, you really know how to rock the polka! Thanks for an awesome Oktoberfest!
Leila Jindra Patron - Cleveland Oktoberfest
Alex and band - first time I've heard you and I have to say those were some of the best shows I have ever experienced! You really know how to work the crowd into a frenzy. Your energy is just amazing. You even got me out on the dance floor with a random lady at my table. So much fun! Have already purchased some albums and will be sure to catch you again some time. Thanks for a GREAT Oktoberfest in CLE!
Brad Cronin Patron - Cleveland Oktoberfest
Your band is amazing. Thank you for adding to the fun at our festival and helping celebrate our 25th year!
Sammie Turek Choctaw Oktoberfest - Choctaw, Oklahoma
Check out the versatile, folksy, jazz-turned-polka-infused Alex Meixner Band tonight...
Wisconsin State Fair Twitter
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Liederkranz, for bringing Alex Meixner into my life! He's a madman. On the accordion no less. Imagine polka as punk. He's your frontman. Total showman. Plays the trumpet with his right hand while handling the bass line with his left on the accordion. Band mate Joe Tierney plays his sax upside down when the tune calls for it.
Sue Lange Reading Eagle Newspaper
Mittelstadt Elementary teachers and students say a BIG "Thank You" to Alex Meixner for visiting our school, and providing two wonderful assemblies where he entertained us with his instruments, song and dance, and an education on our German Heritage! Alex was friendly, funny, and personable with our students, and they loved him!
Robin Bauer 3rd Grade Teacher
Simply amazing. I've seen a lot of LG concerts and I don't know that I've seen the crowd grow through evening and stay through intermission to the end. Usually people come and go not tonight! Exceptional Musicianship, song selection, crowd involvement thank you!
Marianne McGowan Patron - Lake George Summer Concert Series
You are the reason I go to Oktoberfest !! The best entertainment out there!
Linda Kay Enthusiastic Fan
You guys are so much fun to watch! You can really get the crowd going! Super entertainment!!!!
Sandra Bernhardt Fan On Facebook
Have you ever seen a commercial for pepperonis, featuring a lederhosen-clad one-man-band on accordion and drums singing to the tune of the Knack’s classic, new wave hit “My Sharona” and wondered, "What’s that guy’s deal?"
David Acosta El Paso Times
Celebrate Mardi Gras at the KJT Hall complete with the Czech kitchen's Jambalaya! Admission: $10
Celebrate Mardi Gras at the KJT Hall complete with the Czech kitchen’s Jambalaya!
(Friday) 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
1216 South Paris Street, Ennis, TX
Featuring Alex Meixner with the New Braunfels High School Unicorn Band's Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble. Food
Food Tasting 5:30pm
Per Alex, “Ken Vise, the high school band director and I have been conversing for quite some time to try to make this happen and we’re really excited for the event. Music Publishers of America has provided some polka charts for both the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band- and I’m looking forward to working with the students on those arrangements as well as one of my jazz arrangements and Rafael Mendez’s “La Virgen de la Macarena”. (It’s been years since I’ve had the opportunity to play that old chestnut on trumpet!)”
ages 5 and under Free
(Monday) 11:00 pm
NBHS Mighty Unicorn Bandjbachrach@nbisd.org
Fat Tuesday with Alex Meixner Polka king Alex Meixner returns to the Brauntex Theatre for his annual Fat Tuesday concert. These shows have become
Fat Tuesday with Alex Meixner
Polka king Alex Meixner returns to the Brauntex Theatre for his annual Fat Tuesday concert. These shows have become legendary since they allow Alex and his band to showcase the many formats of music they perform, including polka, zydeco, pop, rock, jazz and country.
2 Time Grammy award winning Tejano accordion superstar, Sunny Sauceda will be jamming with the band as well as New Braunfels native (noNashville-based) country singer/ fiddler, Catie Offerman and our very dear vocalist friend, Yesenia McNett.
Last year Alex recorded his Fat Tuesday show at the Brauntex Theatre and the live CD/DVD will be available at this show. It is the first live album Alex has ever released in his 20-year career.
For patrons needing ADA seating, please contact the Box Office at 830-627-0808.
(Tuesday) 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm