NEW ULM - Spring Grove native Mollie Busta began dancing to polka music as soon as she could walk. At age eight, she knew enough cords to play keyboard with his father's band, the Jim Busta Band.
Busta danced with her mother at the 1985 Gibbon Polkafest at the Gibbon Ballroom.
Over the next decade, she played several instruments in her dad's band and the high school band. She composed piano pieces and arranged songs for her high school choir and band and family band.
Staff photo by Fritz Busch
Mollie B and Squeezebox hit the August Schell Tent stage Friday at Bavarian Blast, drawing a large crowd.
Since then, she's performed at the Iowa Governor's inauguration, the Library of Congress , the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts in Washington, DC and on Caribbean cruises.
Busta performed in "Polka Passion," a national PBS special and the President's Palace in the Dominican Republic.
Last April, RFD-TV began hosting her new weekly polka television show, the "Mollie B Polka Party." The show is broadcast on Direct TV and other satellite and cable networks to millions of homes around the world.
On Friday, she was mobbed by fans seeking photographs with her after she and the Squeezebox band performed in the August Schell Tent at Bavarian Blast.
"It's great coming back to New Ulm," Busta said. "I fondly remember coming her with my family as a youngster. I remember we used to visit concertina maker Christy Hengel."
Mollie B was named United States Polka Association Female Vocalist of the Year in 2009 and 2010.
Based in Northwest Ohio, Squeezebox, earlier known as The Bratwurst Boys, plays polkas, waltzes, fox-trots, two-steps, big band, swing, square and figure dances in English, Czech, German and Polish.
For more information, visit www.squeezeboxband.com/
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