NEW ULM - Alex Meixner added a new energy and youthful vitality to Bavarian Blast, taking the stage and playing his accordion in the August Schell tent Friday afternoon.
"It's great to be back for cooler weather here than last year," said Meixner, who now lives in Palm City, Fla. "You can't defeat the spirit of the New Ulm people when its time to party. We're hear to rock and roll with them."
Meixner said his three-piece band performed traditional, old-time and pop music to name just of few of its genre capability.
Staff photo by Fritz Busch
Alex Meixner, right, plays his accordion with his band from Palm City, Fla. Friday at Bavarian Blast. The band performs Saturday and Sunday at the Brown County Fairgrounds.
"We can play anything from the Six Fat Dutchmen to Guns & Roses on the same set," Meixner said.
Meixner and his band will perform in the August Schell Tent 2;30 to 4 p.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
He began performing in an ethnic folk ensemble at age six with his two sisters and father. The experiences led him to headline appearances at U.S. music festivals, concert performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Sandy Duncan and his own jazz and ethnic ensembles, plus more than 50 recordings.
Initially playing piano and piano accordion, Meixner branched out to drums, diatonic button accordion, bass and trumpet, his college major. He was featured on the Tonight Show on NBC in 2004.
His "Polka Freak Out" CD with Bubba Hernandez received a Grammy nomination in December, 2007.
Meixner's solo programs "Fascinating Rhythms of the World" focus on the fusion of Slavic folk music and Jazz, plus folk, pop and classical styles from Latin America, Africa and parts of Europe.
When is isn't performing with groups at festivals and other venues of note across the country, Meixner brings music to students with educational clinics and gives private lessons.
For more information, visit alexmeixner.com/
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