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So what's been going on since I last emailed? Well, it's been an interesting summer to say the least. I put on a few dozen virtual shows for libraries from coast to coast. It was a lot of work, but I hope the families who participated enjoyed the final product, personalized to each participating library. It was a fun culmination of my music and video production skills coming together. That having been said, it's my most sincere hope that we'll be back to in-person programming next summer. Recent reports of herd immunity to COVID have me encouraged. We can all hope!

Whether you know a student, teacher, school administrator, or librarian, or just need a little brush up on COVID-era best hygiene practices, I’m happy to announce the release of my original song, “Scrub, Scrub, Scrub (COVID-19 Edition),” and corresponding music video. Thanks to polka DJ Greg Drust for the inspiration! You can watch the live and unplugged performance here. Looking to purchase the track, or the entire Pint Size Polkas Vol. Two: Dance! album it’s part of? Then visit the Music page at MP3 tracks are available individually for $0.99, or purchase the entire MP3 album for less than $10. Share the good message of proper hand washing during this time of COVID, and enjoy some fun polka music in the process!

There is some good news on the horizon for the Mike Schneider Band. Check out the Schedule page. It is admittedly much, much shorter than a normal schedule for this time of year, but you do have a few opportunities to come out and enjoy some live music. Highlights include our annual visit to Hoffman Estates in September, this year for a replacement event to their usual Platzkonzert. It will be held on the same grounds, but in more of an open beer garden setting. It should be a fun night! You can also catch us at the Wisconsin Polka Boosters’ Scholarship Dance in Muskego for the first time in October. We've enjoyed playing many events for the WPB in the past, and look forward to helping them raise some money for this worthy cause! Plus, we’ll be playing a few beer garden events in the Walker’s Point neighborhood in Milwaukee. You can find details for our three “Party on Pitt” appearances below. Reserve your or plot table here. Thanks to MobCraft Beer and Broken Bat for sponsoring these events!

If you're not able to venture out, or are just looking for some additional polka fun during the week, I've been trying to do one video per week - just me and my accordion, unplugged, playing a song and talking a little bit about it. Be sure to visit my Facebook and YouTube pages for these videos!

Christmas is right around the corner, and with the Holidays this year comes some seasonal music in its happiest form... polka! My "Christmas Kielbasa" album will be available on CD as well as digitally through my website. Stay tuned for more information. I plan to start taking pre-orders in October and should be able to begin shipping in November. The album will feature five original Christmas songs - including the title track, as well as my polka spin on Holiday season favorites like "Jingle Bells," "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas," "Auld Lang Syne," and more. I'll include a full track list with preorder information in October. Stay tuned for all the details. Whether for yourself, a polka-loving friend, or as a super fun stocking stuffer for anyone in your life, "Christmas Kielbasa" will be a must-add to your Holiday shopping list in 2020!

Take care, stay healthy, and I hope we have the chance to cross paths in the very near future! Thanks again for your support of the musicians you know during these difficult times of COVID-19.

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!

Mike Schneider
The Mike Schneider Band

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