With Spring approaching, I'm happy to say I'm looking forward to
one of my busiest summers to date coming up! I'll be visiting one new
state in Oregon, which will also mark my first visit to the West
Coast. I'll be heading out there for several library shows in July,
prior to heading back to Montana for my second straight year
performing for the Lewis & Clark Library System, based in Helena.
During that same four-week trip in July and August I'll also be
returning to numerous libraries in WI, MN, WY, CO and NM, as well as
visiting many new ones I've not previously performed at. It's going to
be another exciting season of music and travel! Iíll be posting
details and a full schedule by mid-March to the
Events page. Stay tuned!
So what's happening this
spring? You can catch my band and me frequently at the Old German Beer
Hall in Downtown Milwaukee on Fridays and/or Saturdays, as well as my
solo show at the Milwaukee Moose Lodge one Thursday afternoon most
months. Be sure to check the Schedule page at
www.mikeschneiderband.com for all the details.
If you're up early this
Tuesday morning, join me for Paczki Day at National Bakery in
Milwaukee starting at 6 AM. I need to get up by 4:15 AM, but the
bakers are there all hours the previous day and throughout the night
before getting the famous Fat Tuesday food ready for your enjoyment!
I'll be playing there until 11 AM, so stop by, say hi, and grab some
I'd also like to take a moment to remember a friend, and also
someone who really helped springboard my career back in 1997. I was 18
years old at the time, and local polka promoter extraordinaire John
Pinter took it upon himself to take my story as a Wisconsin Polka Hall
of Fame nominee for the Horizon Award to the Milwaukee Journal
Sentinel. His humble efforts paid off with a surprise font page story.
He was very kind with his time and especially his enthusiasm to help
me out at that time, and would continue to be helpful and supportive
throughout my career. I learned that John recently passed away. Please
keep him in your thoughts and prayers. There were few people more
passionate about polka music, its promotion, and especially its
preservation and subsequent future than John.
As always, be
sure to join our growing list of fans on Facebook
here, or the Mike Schneider Band
here. Once youíre there, click the
Like button at the top of the page.
That's all for this
month. Thanks again and talk to you soon!
Uncle Mike and his Polka Band