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Alex Meixner

Alex Meixner’s performing career began at age 6 with his two sisters and father in an ethnic folk ensemble. From these early experiences through headline appearances at music festivals throughout the US; concert performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Sandy Duncan and his own jazz and ethnic ensembles; as well as over 50 recordings, Meixner has developed a unique musical mix that appeals to a wide cross-section of audiences.

Meixner’s formative musical studies were on piano and piano accordion, but he quickly branched out on drums, diatonic button accordion, bass and trumpet, his college major. This instrumental versatility is combined with a musical background that has included intense studies and performance of jazz, classical, pop, polkas and many ethnic folk music genres with some of the leading artists in the world. His talents in music and comedy were even featured on the Tonight Show on NBC in 2004. Most recently, his “Polka Freak Out” CD with Bubba Hernandez garnered a Grammy nomination in December 2007.

Alex also leads The Alex Meixner Band in performances throughout North America. Whether you are looking for sure-fire crowd-pleasing family entertainment, something for the senior audience, classy jazz for a reception or a unique party band- Alex Meixner will work tirelessly to provide the perfect mix for your event.Currently based in Palm City, FL, Alex is performing as a solo artist and with numerous touring ensembles.  His solo programs- “Fascinating Rhythms of the World” focus on the fusion of Slavic folk music and Jazz, but also include the inflections of folk, pop and classical styles from Latin America, Africa and other sections of Europe. This music is the basis for a series of multi-cultural music education seminars and performances which are currently available through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts “Artists in Education” program.

When Alex is not performing with all of these groups, he is devoted to bringing music to students through educational clinics. You can see his CV here.

https://alexmeixner.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJswzF6wJ7M

Petty Cash Junction

Pettycash Junction performs the music of Tom Petty and Johnny Cash!  All the hits and then some!  Something for everyone….it’s always a good time!

D'Frohliche Schuhplattler

D’Fröhliche Schuhplattler was formed in 1976 for the purpose of upholding the traditions of Bavarian culture through Schuhplattler (dancing), music, and authentic Bavarian clothing (tracht).  The club has performed locally as well as across the United States and have been featured at many local festivals, including St. Charles Oktoberfest, and at dances we host in the fall.  (Click here to download their latest dance flyer.)  You don’t have to be German or have dancing experience to be a member.  D’Fröhliche Schuhplattler teach people of all ages dances that have been handed down from one generation to the next, as well as assisting in providing outfits (“tracht”) to people interested in becoming members.

Bredelers

Formerly known only as a small christmas cookie, today they are celebrated across the plains of Alsace (located in north-eastern France) ! « The Bredele » has been transformed into a flesh and blood group of musicians, a fine vintage…

3 musicians, from the cities of Strasbourg and Nancy, got the idea to breath new life into the alsacian language via good old Rock ‘n’ Roll.

The Bredelers revisit in their own style, burlesque Alsacian folk songs. A mix of celtic jigs, festive melodies, a touch of the french musette, tribal rhythms, and metal guitars, all sung in the ancient language of Alsacien.

The definition of their music: “celti-pounki-rock” !

These moderne day swashbucklers with their sharp-edged guitars, return from a past too quickly forgotten, to make you laugh, dance and have a rip roarin’ good time.

Dress your grandmother (mamema) in leather, put a kilt on your children and teach them how to bang their heads while listening to the Bredelers albums.

Counselled by Roger Sifer (Specialist in the Alsacian culture) and under the artistic direction of Claude Chamboissier director of Toure Kunda and Matmatah (two very successful french groups).

The Bredelers produced a single in 2005 which explains their identity and their message: A regionalism of culture, open to the world, a form of “Alsacian celtitude”.

Already supported by the Météor brewery (beer), the Bredelers project is recorded by Doug Cook (Jef Beck, Cali, Luke, Cradle of filth, etc…) and is published by Fairwood Music and Grounded Music.

Austrian Express

Wisconsin’s premier Austrian/German show and dance band. Entertaining audiences big and small, young and old, throughout the United States since 1979.

http://www.austrian-express.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jT0L4asN2hA

The Rough Ryders

The Rough Ryders first show was July of 2007. They play country favorites and rock favorites by Johnny Cash, Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, George Strait, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Randy Houser, Little Big Town, Cole Swindell to Name a few.

http://www.theroughryders.com/

Contagious

A crafty mix if polished pop-rock with the best classic-rock hits is just one reason Contagious stands out as one of the most popular cover-bands in St Louis. Covering songs from current artists like Bruno Mars, Black Eyed Peas, Robin Thicke then performing hits from artists like: Journey, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Styx, Boston and AC/DC, Contagious plays it all with perfection.

http://clubcontagious.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bbHt_l0hY8

Blaskapelle Milwaukee

Blaskapelle Milwaukee has become one of the premiere Blaskapelle groups in the United States. The band is comprised of 18 very talented musicians from around the Midwest!

Heidelberg German Band

The Heidelberg German Band from Quincy, IL performs music in the tradition of the German Bier Hall playing Polkas, Waltzes and Big Band music from the 1920’s to 1980’s pop music. The band has been together since 1969 and performs throughout the Midwest.

Les Assoiffes

The Assoiffés – rock’n roll made in Alsace!

Their anthem is called « Sylvàner Blues », but don’t be mistaken: the Assoiffés play rock’n’roll !

This energetic quartet comes directly from the Alsatian vineyards, close to the Rhine river, at the border between Germany and France. The band gathers two generations of musicians, sharing both their passion for rock music and their deep roots in the Alsatian culture.

Born in the wine cellars of Mittelbergheim and raised on the fertile soil of the Zotzenberg “Grand cru” hill, the Assoiffés play their own rock songs composed using the original Alsatian dialect.

They have just released their first album, which was recorded at the Downtown Studios in Strasbourg, the main city in Alsace.

The seven original songs of this album tell in a sensitive writing love stories (Fer Dìch, Hitzedaas), filial relationships (A Stùrz e de Nàcht) and authentic lifestyle on the countryside (Lùmpeseckel). They also call for nostalgia (Àlter Zàpfe, Sylvàner Blues), laugh at the guys’ own lazyness ((S’ìsch m’r nìt drùm) and celebrate friendship.

This music blend invites to sharing a drink – a good reason why they call themselves “The Assoiffés”, i.e. “The thirsty ones” – and is best to enjoy live !

All info on the band : https://www.facebook.com/dGruppa.lesassoiffes

The video clip : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S85RUkVxnNg

Trixie Delight

Take all of your favorite bands from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and now…then, have them play your favorite songs, all on one stage, all in one night.  This is what the audiences coming to see Trixie Delight have come to love and expect from their favorite St. Louis cover band.  Sounds like a huge exaggeration, and biased self opinion made by the bandif you’ve never seen them before – but when you hear for yourself live, the amazing truth… you will become one of the many who show up weekly to feed their addiction.

Formed in 2001, Trixie Delight quickly rose to the top 4 of all of the cover bands in town.  Kelly Wild,  is the front woman/screamer/MC/ lead vocalist – and has become one of St. Louis’ top vocalists and is quite engaging with the crowd. The fact that she can cover songs by the male vocalists who had recorded them, and sound remarkably like the original recording – was an instant success.  People couldn’t believe their ears and eyes, when the band would perform songs from groups like The Doors, Nirvana, and Pearl Jam. Now, add in covers of sexy, rockin’ female artists too – like Adele, Heart, and Gaga -starting to get the picture? Yeah…WOW!

The only way Trixie Delight could cover such a wide variety of songs, is by having one of the most versatile lead guitarists in town, and a rhythm section that is slammin’.  Steve Bunck on drums, and Clint Wilson on guitar, and George Potsos on bass.   They are some of the most talented musicians in St. Louis and keep the mood light and fun on stage. They round out the unique sound of Trixie Delight with their full bodied back up vocals.

The show tends to be a little more on the raucous and risqué side at bars and nightclubs, and adjusts itself accordingly to the climate of private parties, corporate events, and casinos.

Trixie Delight has performed for the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, and the St. Louis Blues organizations.  Kelly Wild has performed at times over the years, with 2 annual tributes at The Pageant – Celebration Day (a Led Zeppelin tribute) and El Monstero (a Pink Floyd tribute.)

Trixie Delight, is all about making the audience have fun while being treated to some of the best music and vocals in the area. So get ready to lose your cares for a few hours, and enjoy the show!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bUcXrD5XMY

http://trixiedelight.com/www.trixiedelight.com/Home_Trixie.html

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