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If you’re a fan of my band (and if you are, thank you very much!), you’ve probably had two questions on your mind lately. First, where is Mike’s latest newsletter? And second, where is this new CD he’s has been talking about? To answer the first question, here it is! To answer the second, it’s shipping May 22, 2017!

That’s right, “Happy Polka Day,” the latest CD release from the Mike Schneider Band, is finally in production. The album features more than 45 minutes of all newly recorded polka and waltz music, including four new original compositions. In addition to myself on accordion, keyboard and vocals, featured musicians include Jim Thull on banjo and guitar, and Don Hunjadi on sax, flute, clarinet, and trumpet. It’s been a few years in the making, but as I’ve been saying, hopefully it’s well worth your wait! You can take a listen to samples right now by going to the Music page. While you’re there, feel free to go ahead and pre-order your copy and be one of the very first to receive the album when it starts shipping the week of May 22. If I receive shipment sooner than that (which I might according to the manufacturer), you could very well see your copy sooner, too! Have yourself a “Happy Polka Day!”

If you haven’t visited the Schedule page or the Events page at recently, you’re missing out on some great opportunities to catch your favorite polka music in the near future! Starting with next month, we’ll be returning to May Ball at Fairview Sports Bar & Grill in Jefferson for the first time in several years on Saturday, May 13 from 7-11 PM. Then in June, I’ll really be putting on the miles! Saturday, June 3 we’ll be making our first appearance in Stockholm, WI at the WideSpot Performing Arts Center for a special street dance event. The next day we’ll celebrate our 22nd annual performance at the St. Aloysius Parish Festival in West Allis. We’ll play their Polka Mass in the church starting at 10:30 AM, and then follow with music in the tent until 3:00 PM. And of course, I’ll have copies of “Happy Polka Day” available there and in Stockholm, as well! Later in the month, we’ll be back at Luther Memorial Chapel in Shorewood for their family picnic on Sunday, June 25 starting at 10:15 AM, and then for the first time at the Greendale Lions Fest on Friday, June 30 from 3:00-7:00 PM. Get all the details below, and on the Schedule page!

This summer will be busy for the band, and even more so for Pint Size Polkas! We’re looking forward to kicking off the summer season at Pizza, Polkas, and Preschool Art in the Park at Cutler Park in Waukesha on Tuesday, May 23 starting at 5:30 PM. This is one of our longest-running annual commitments, alongside Summerfest in Milwaukee and the Flagg-Rochelle Public Library in Rochelle, IL. Hope to see you there!

I mentioned earlier I’d really be putting on the miles in June… The day after we’re at St. Aloysius, I start at 1:00 PM at the Owasso Public Library in Tulsa, OK, where I’ll be through Thursday of that week before heading down to Albuquerque, NM for a six-day commitment. During that stretch I’ll also be making a visit to Gallup, NM, which I think marks as far west as I’ve ever performed. Can’t wait to bring the happy sounds of polka music to the “Land of Enchantment!” After my visit there I’ll be back in Texas again to crisscross the state for the fourth time (thank you Texas!), and then it’s onward to performances in Illinois, Kentucky, and Iowa to wrap up the month. It’s going to be another great summer! Whether at a festival, library, or perhaps a nearby golf course, I hope to see you soon!

As always, be sure to join our growing list of fans on Facebook here, or for Pint Size Polkas here. Once you’re there, click the Like button at the top of the page.

That's all for this month. Thanks again and talk to you soon!

Mike Schneider
The Mike Schneider Band

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