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STEVE AND THE BAND JOIN MOLLIE B AND JIMMY STURR FOR ANOTHER CRUISE
March 18, 2022
For the third time in five years, Steve Meisner, Don Hunjadi, Chris Doszak and Jerry Krahn will again set sail in the Caribbean for a fantastic polka cruise! The band is excited to have been invited back again and is looking forward to bringing some Meisner fans along as well as finding some new ones during this incredible vacation at sea. You can join hundreds of music lovers aboard the Regal Princess from Princess Cruise Line. This time around we set sail on Sunday, January 22 from Fort Lauderdale, returning on January 29. Pre-cruise stays are also available. Also joining Mollie B & Squeezebox, The Jimmy Sturr Orchestra, and the Steve Meisner Band are Jon Dietz and the Twin Lakes Trio, Mark Halata & Texavia, Jim Busta and others. Check the TRAVEL PAGE for additional information including a flyer with complete information and see the PROMO VIDEO. Or talk with Steve and pick up a flyer from the band stand at the next Meiser performance. It's time to get back out there and travel on the Polka Magic cruise - including some Meisner Magic! GET MORE INFO.


New Year's Eve Gala Returns
November 29, 2021
It has become an annual event for many. Ring in the New Year a few hours early at the Pulaski Inn. No, it's not actually in Pulaski, it's just outside of the City of Milwaukee in Cudahy, Wisconsin. Doors open at noon with the Steve Meisner Band starting at 1:00 PM. Hot and cold Hors d'oeuvres will follow before rolling out the Champaign and party favors for the big count down - again some hours shy of the real midnight. A full dinner including desert is then served to close out this very fun afternoon event. If you have the ambition you'll have plenty of time to get to your next New Years Eve celebration. If not, you'll be home in plenty of time for the real midnight to strike. Just go to end of this paragraph to download a reservation form. Or give party host Carolee Miller a call at 262-710-4254 and she will answer any questions you may have or help you get signed up. We hope all of the past participants will return again to help us ring in the New Year. And if you've never attended, this really should be the year that you do. Come and join the fun on December 31st. GET MORE INFO AND A REGISTRATION FORM


Meisner Sax Player, Don Hunjadi, Receives Award From IPA
September 3, 2021
The presentation of the Leon Koziki Award from the International Polka Association (IPA) to Meisner band sax player, Don Hunjadi was presented during the IPA convention in Mars, PA, on September 3rd. The award recognizes "deserving side men or women of notable polka bands." Don and Steve first performed on stage together when they were in their teens before Don moved onto different music styles and careers. Don returned as the regular Meisner band sax player starting in 2010 and has been on stage with Steve during the majority of performances over the last 11 years. Don and Steve have also worked together in the studio on nearly all of Steve's recordings throughout four decades, including: Songs of Love, Meisner Magic, Jammin' Polkas, Forever Christmas, Meisner Time, Thank You Music Lovers, and many others including several of Verne Meisner's recordings. Don's work in the recording studio has resulted in him playing on nearly 1,500 songs, with a large variety of bands and musicians, where he's heard on saxophones (tenor, alto, baritone and soprano) clarinet, flute, bass (bass guitar and bass fiddle) trumpet and piano. "Iíve had the pleasure to work with so many talented musicians throughout my career and Don Hunjadi is at the top of this list," said Steve. "Not only for his musical abilities, but for his attention to musical and engineering details in the studio, as well as his experience in radio. When it comes to passions, he is never afraid of a challenge," says Steve. Congratulations to Don Hunjadi on receiving this very well deserved recognition. You can read more about Don and the Leon Koziki Award from the IPA by clicking here.


MAKE PLANS FOR NEW YEARS EVE AFTERNOON
November 23, 2020
For many, the end of 2020 can't come quick enough! It's been a very rough year - especially if you want to listen and dance to live music. Just to make sure this year actually comes to an end and an exit, you're invited to send 2020 packing and welcome in 2021. You can even do it a few hours ahead of midnight! The annual Pulaski Inn New Years Eve Day Gala will happen as usual on Thursday, December 31, 2020. Steve and the band will entertain starting at 1:00 PM. All of the usual pieces are included: Hors d'oeuvres, dinner, party favors, champagne and of course music from the Steve Meisner Band. Call Carolee Miller at 262-710-4254 for more information or to reserve your spot. Or just see the flyer and mail your reservation and check. Don't miss the very last dance, actually one of the only dances, of 2020. Join us to give 2020 a proper send-off!


20 Questions Interview With Steve
August 12, 2020
Even if the live performances have been curtailed lately, press and media coverage of Steve has most certainly not. See how Steve answered 20 questions for a regular feature from this Wisconsin newspaper. While they certainly cover Steve and his music, you're also likely to find out some interesting facets of Steve's live you never heard before. It's a very interesting article you'll want to check out right now by CLICKING HERE. You'll also see more recent press coverage from Steve on the News Page. Take a look!


Autumn Leaves Now Available on Compact Disk
July 11, 2020
The year was 1974 and Steve was only 13 years old when he made his very first recording - appearing alongside his father, Verne, on Autumn Leaves. His voice had not even changed yet, allowing him to hit all of those high notes as he harmonized along with his dad singing, "Autumn Leaves Must Fall." Long sold out, many of you have often asked if the recording was available on compact disc, and now it is! The new Autumn Leaves CD includes Steve playing button accordion on a total of four selections, including one that was not included on the original recording. Order it now from Steve's website or pick it up from Steve during one of his upcoming performances.   


Steve and the Band Returning to the Stage
June 4, 2020
It certainly has been a difficult, trying, and for many, frustrating three or four months. This is the longest amount of time since first taking the stage as a teenager that Steve has been away from the bandstand. Thankfully, the forced break ends on June 28th as Steve and the band come to the Hustisford Community Hall for their first performance in over three months! It's the perfect location for all of us to get used to being back together again. The Hustisford Community Hall is large enough to easily accommodate even the largest crowd that might arrive. So if you still want to keep your distance, that's okay! There will be more room available than we could need. It's a great location to help usher in our return to normal. A reasonable drive from many locations, we are hoping to see everyone and begin to put everything behind us and have some fun this summer. Steve also returns to the streets of downtown Wisconsin Dells for more summer concerts on Monday and Tuesday nights, several times this summer. Plus, just booked, join both the Steve Meisner and Jimmy Monsen bands on the fourth of July at Alioto's in Wauwatosa for a great afternoon outside! Unfortunately, many future performances will still not happen for this year, including: Polishfest, the 4th of July parade in Whitewater, SNPJ's Slovenefest, Pulaski Polka Days, and the Wisconsin State Fair. All of these and more have fallen victim to the pandemic reaction. This makes the performances that will take place all that more important and treasured. Things are still evolving and changing almost daily so be sure to check back right here to find out the very latest and updated information - including newly-added dates!.


Polkas, and Steve, in the News
January 30, 2020
When news reporters are assigned a story related to the polka scene, one of their first calls is often to Steve Meisner. Steve found himself in the news several times over the past months and provided honest, insightful, and candid comments for reporters to use in their stories. The first call came from Paul Srubas, a reporter for the Green Bay Press Gazette, after he learned about some struggles with the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame. First assuming the problems must be related to the death of polka music, Steve was quick to provide a different viewpoint - one that the reporter used to dig deeper into the story. Steve was quoted multiple times along with Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame officers and other polka luminaries. After running in the Green Bay Press Gazette READ THE STORY HERE the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel later picked up the story and re-ran it online. Next up was both a print and radio report from Wisconsin Public Radio after an elementary school student near Madison, Wisconsin, asked, "How did the polka become a dance and a tradition?" Reporter Brad Kolberg's next step was to give Steve a call, saying, "When you're in Wisconsin and have questions about polka, Steve Meisner is a good guy to ask." Find out what Steve had to say in this 5 MINUTE RADIO SEGMENT. You can also READ THE STORY HERE, along with some additional photos and video clips. After 40 years in the polka industry, many agree, Steve is a good guy to ask! For older news releases involving Steve, check the NEWS PAGE HERE.


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