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Jun 12, 2024

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Michigan Beat 2-6-13

Once again it is time for the Michigan Beat to let you know what is going on in the Mid-West on the polka front.

In January, Grand Rapids, MI saw a Polish restaurant open – The Polka Pops Cafe. The Michigan Beat had the chance to eat at this place on January 6th for a post New Year’s Eve Party. The Ray Watkoski Family Band from Grand Rapids, MI played at this event. The food at this new Polish restaurant was great. The Michigan Beat’s favorite thing on the menu was the Polish Dill Pickle Soup. If you are ever in the Grand Rapids, MI area, look this place up.

The east side of Michigan is seeing a lot of polka happenings. Kowalski Brothers Polka Band plays the first Thursday of each month at Crooked Creek Golf & Banquet in Saginaw, MI. In January Benny Prill & Friends played in Bay City, MI and will play in Crump, MI during the month of February. The Steve Drzewicki Band also played at the Pulaski Bar in Bay City, MI. February brings Tony Blazonczyk’s New Phase to the Pulaski Hall in Bay City, MI.

January 27th brought the Lucky Lottery Dance to the Glendora House in Chicago, Ill. I have many other dates for dances that will be coming up in the Chicago, IL area this year. I’m sure that The Michigan Beat will have much more coming up in future editions of the Post Eagle about happenings in the state of Illinois and the Chicago area.

Getting some polka information from the state of Wisconsin and polka band leader Steve Meisner. Steve Meisner has a lot going on including releasing a new CD entitled Meisner Time. Michigan can’t wait to here this new CD from Steve Meisner. I’m sure this will be another one that we all want to add to our polka music collections. Steve Meisner also had a busy National Polka Month in January, as his calender of dates showed.

Also from this same state, I got information about the Mike Schneider Band and Pint Size Polkas. Mike continues to play for many events including libraries in the mid-west promoting his Pint Size Polkas CDs. If you have not heard of this CD, you will want to get in touch with Mike today. He is getting the younger generation interested in polka music. A little more than a year ago, The Michigan Beat had Mike Schneider and Pint Size Polkas come to the school where I work; it was a huge hit!

I hope that everyone had a great National Polka Month.

Finally The Michigan Beat will be in the Dominican Republic on a polka related vacation by the time this edition of The Post Eagle reaches your mailbox. I will have more on this trip next month. Till next month, happy polka dancing!

If you have anything going on anywhere in the mid-west, please let me know. Contact me today at or at 258 Thornridge CT NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.