On Friday, March 17, 2017, Hollerbach’s German Restaurant will welcome the energetic, dynamic music of the Alex Meixner Band to the Willow Tree stage, where they will anchor our “WURST St. Patrick’s Day” celebration from 9 p.m. until midnight!
Meixner and his ensemble will take the Bühne shortly after our own Jimmy & Eckhard finish performing their special St. Patrick’s Day version of Schunkelabend, featuring traditional Irish music and singalongs, from 5 – 8 p.m. The Willow Tree will then re-open for our St. Patrick’s Day party at 9 p.m. (ticket sales and additional information here ).
For a taste of what we’re in for, check out this clip of the Alex Meixner Band performing in New Braunfels, Texas:
Some of you may also recognize Alex from his recent commercials as the lederhosen-clad Hormel Pepperoni one-man pep band:
Alex also recently added to his long recording résumé by participating in the soundtrack recording for The Polka King, an independent film starring Jack Black as Pennsylvania polka legend Jan Lewan. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this January.
Originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, Alex Meixner is a Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist, band leader, recording artist, music educator, and producer who performs polka, folk, jazz and other musical genres as both a soloist and leader of the Alex Meixner Band. His extensive musical C.V. (view the full version here) includes:
- M.M Trumpet Performance, August 2001 Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
- B.M Trumpet Performance/Music Education, December 1998 Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY (Magna Cum Laude)
- 60+ Commercial Recordings, including 2007 Grammy Nominee “Polka Freak Out” with Bubba Hernandez
- Headline entertainer at festivals, concert halls and clubs throughout the USA
- Performances with London Symphony Orchestra, Sandy Duncan, Myron Floren, Brave Combo, Walter Ostanek, Al Meixner Trio, Guy Klucevsek, and leader of Jazz Visions, Alex Meixner Band and Muzika Europa at festivals, concerts and private venues in the US and Canada.
Meixner recently performed at the German American Society in Casselberry, but this will be his first performance at the Willow Tree, and by all accounts, we’re in for quite a show! We hope you’ll join us and the Alex Meixner Band on March 17th for our German-American-Irish St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Prost!! Or should we say…Sláinte !
In the meantime, check out some testimonials and reviews of Alex and his music below!
- “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.”
- “It was dangerous out on the dance floor last night, you really know how to rock the polka! Thanks for an awesome Oktoberfest!”
- “Meixner plays bass like James Jamerson and trumpet like Louie Armstrong — are exceeded only by his sheer energy, showmanship, wit and hair-shaking fun.”
- “I saw polka’s future, and its name is Alex Meixner.”
- “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.”
- “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.”
- “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 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”
You’ll find lots of additional information on Alex Meixner’s website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, and his YouTube channel.