PINT SIZE POLKAS
For anyone who thinks life on the road for a musician is glamorous,
consider this: I write this from a Super 8 in Westminster, CO just
outside of Denver. The phone doesn't work, the WiFi keeps dropping and
at best is about as fast as dial up, there's no fridge or microwave in
the room, and I'm paying almost $100 per night for the two-night stay.
And this is one of the cheapest decent places I could find. Crazy!
But I wouldn't do it if
I didn't love the music, and I consider myself so fortunate to
actually be able to make a living doing something I love in these
crazy times. I am also extremely grateful to the many libraries and
patrons who have supported my program this summer, from way down in
Waycross, GA, to way up in Crookston, MN, to way over in Green River,
WY. Thank you!
I've also been
mentioning that all proceeds from CD sales go directly to my gas tank,
and people have been responding. CD sales are way up compared to my
last full summer on the road in 2019, for which I say thank you all
So where will I be the
rest of the summer? Great question! Check out the
Events page for details on all my upcoming library shows here in
CO, then in NM, IA, and WI throughout July and August.
A big, big thank you to
the libraries in Albuquerque, NM; Farmington, NM; and Garfield County,
CO. They not only have all invited me back for repeat performances,
but they all also hired me to do virtual programs for their libraries
during the pandemic. I am grateful to every library that hires me, but
especially to those who helped support me when I couldn't work
anywhere else. Thank you!
THE MIKE SCHNEIDER
For the Mike Schneider Band, I'll be back in action at many of
your favorite places again in August, September, and throughout
Oktoberfest season. Be sure to stay tuned to the Schedule page at
www.mikeschneiderband.com for details on upcoming events.
Highlights for the band
include return visits to Hustisford for their Music in the Park
program, St. Joseph Parish in Big Bend, and West Bend Germanfest next
month; and Oak Creek Lions, St. Dismas Parish in Waukegan, St. Gregory
the Great in Milwaukee, Gemuetlichkeit Days in Jefferson, MobCraft
Beer in Milwaukee, and OLA Parish in Beloit in September. We'll also
be doing a Polka Mass for St. Joseph in Big Bend, and possibly even
one for Oak Creek Lions. Keep an eye on the Schedule page at
www.mikeschneiderband.com for details!
As always, be
sure to join our growing list of fans on Facebook
here, or the Mike Schneider Band
here. Once you’re there, click the
Like button at the top of the page.
That's all for this
month. I hope you're having a great summer, and hope to see you soon!
Uncle Mike and his Polka Band