Steve Meisner's News Articles and Archives
Recent articles from print and news media plus an archive of news items at www.SteveMeisner.com

News Article Archives


examiner.com story about Steve Meisner
August 2, 2015
Busy Steve Meisner Keeps Polka Alive

Wisconsin State Journal Article with Steve Meisner
October 21, 2012
Wisconsin State Journal

Article with Steve Meisner
December 24, 2003
GazetteExtra.com Article

JSOnline Article with Steve Meisner
December 9, 2003
JSOnline.com Article

OnMilwaukee.Com Interview with Steve Meisner
October 27th, 2003
OnMilwaukee.com Article

Click here to see the article from the
Minnesota Ballroom Operators Association Newspaper 10-03


Letters from Steve to his fans
  2000-2001  Reflections and Hopes
 2001-2002  Courage and Optimism
 2002-2003  Blink of an Eye
 2003-2004 - Time Passes Quickly
 2004-2005  Change & Uncertainty
 2005-2006 It's Very Hard To Say Adios

 2006-2007 The Next Chapter


Meisner News Archives

The Largest Meisner Merchandise Sale of the Year is Here!
November 22 , 2017
The best time of the year to purchase your Meisner merchandise has arrived! Forget all of the gimmicks and hype, Steve runs one and only one sale every year, and it's always a doozie. Get true savings over regular prices all year long by stocking up on Meisner merchandise during the Black Friday through Christmas Eve sale. First of all, shipping is free throughout the sale, no matter what you purchase. Then, if you buy $50 or more of merchandise, you'll also get a new Be Wiser Dance Meisner T-shirt absolutely free! That's a $20 value! Let's break that down... if you purchase several CDs or a couple of CDs and a DVD, your total savings will be $35! After that, the more you buy, the more you save. But, even if you just need one CD to round out your collection or as a stocking stuffer, you still save on the shipping. Just be sure to do it during the annual Black Friday sale - it really is the best prices all year long! Check out the selection now.

Be Wiser Dance Meisner Classic T-Shirts Return
July 4 , 2017
A classic throwback to the 1980s has returned, this time in red, white and blue. Just in time to help celebrate independence day, it's the Be Wiser Dance Meisner T-Shirt. It's a high quality T with dark blue piping on a light blue shirt. A perfect way to show everyone that you're a Meisner fan - actually a very wise Meisner fan. So, why don't you be wiser and pick up one of these new T-Shirts from Steve at any of his many performances or place your order online and have it shipped to you in no time. With sizes from small to XXL, you're certain to find one that will fit you. Get it right now in the merchandise section.

Steve Included in new PBS Special - Polka!
March 1 , 2017
Camera crews have been shooting footage for nearly a year, and now the program is finally ready to air! Mollie B will host “Polka!” on Wisconsin Public Television. The show debuts on Monday, March 6, and includes an interview with, and music from, Steve along with many others. To find out more about the show, visit the Polka! website. Because this program is produced by Wisconsin Public Television and made available to other states, it’s impossible to list all of the scheduled showings or even predict which states will pick up the show. Check your local PBS schedule or visit the show website for the latest information. If you really want to see this spectacular documentary and can't find it over the air, you can make a pledge to Public Television during their upcoming fundraiser and receive the new Polka! show on DVD as a free gift. Get more details here or watch the trailer.

Steve Announces Bus Trip To Frankenmuth Summer Music Fest
February 18 , 2017
Steve and the band will return to the famous Frankenmuth Summer Music Fest this August 17-19 and, even better yet, you can ride along! Steve will host a bus trip from Milwaukee with multiple stops along the way. But, no matter how you get there, you can see the Steve Meisner Band, the Eddie Rodick Band and Squeezebox with Mollie B at this year's event. Plus, you'll see the Fabulous Hubcaps show. As part of the bus trip, you'll stay at the world famous Bavarian Inn next to Heritage Park and the festival grounds. It promises to be a fun trip and the best part is you can go along! A $100 per person deposit will hold your seat on the bus. We hope to see you there. Get details from the travel page. 

"It's Steve's Biggest Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale Ever!
November 24 , 2016
Some of the best shopping deals of the year happen between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Steve has offered some great deals over the years, but this is the biggest and best yet. Make any purchase of $25 or more and receive a Meisner DVD absolutely free. You read that correctly! Spend as little as $25 and get a $20 Meisner DVD at no additional charge. The sale applies to everything available in the merchandise section. Your $25 or greater order will automatically have a surprise Meisner DVD added to it. That means you don’t even have to select a DVD with your order – in fact if you do, it will be part of your order which means you can purchase a DVD and still get another one for free! It’s the best Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale Steve has ever offered, and it’s going on right now through Christmas. Just don’t wait too long because Christmas will soon be right around the corner. Stock up on Meisner merchandise and get a free DVD, now through Christmas.

April 29 , 2016
The International Polka Association has announced that Thank You Music Lovers, Steve’s latest CD release, has been named as the very first award winner in a brand new category the association has created. The International Style Album of the Year award was added to IPA’s other categories in hopes of broadening their awards by including other polka music styles beyond the Polish style. Nominations included releases from a variety of Slovenian, Czech and German bands. You can see the complete list of nominees HERE. Being the very first time this award category has been presented makes the award that much more special. It is also one of only a handful of Slovenian-style recordings to ever be honored by the IPA. The awards presentation will be held at the IPA awards banquet and festival in Buffalo, New York later this year. Thank You Music Lovers was recorded live in the summer of 2014 and released in early 2015. If you don’t already have this award-winning release, be sure to add it to your collection right now!

March 1 , 2016
Only a handful of truly great Slovenian-style polka festivals remain in the United States. Continuing to top that list of truly great polka events is Slovenefest, held at the SNPJ Recreation Center in Enon Valley, Pennsylvania. More than a dozen top bands headline the event each year, including names like Don Wojtilia, Klancnik & Friends, Frank Stanger, Eddie Rodick, Jack Tady, Karl Lukitsch & Autobahn, Ron Lickovic and many more. This year, the Steve Meisner Band has been added to the lineup. Steve and the band will perform both Saturday and Sunday of Slovenefest, but that’s not all! Steve has just announced he will be hosting a bus trip to this great event. Wisconsin and Northern Illinois fans will have a chance to attend the 35th annual Slovenefest, July 8-10, 2016. The package includes deluxe motor coach transportation, two nights lodging at newly remolded Holiday Inn Boardman, admission to all three days of Slovenefest, plus a whole lot more! The Holiday Inn Boardman is the area’s only full service chain hotel and has just completed a stunning guest room renovation. They feature 158 modern rooms plus a restaurant and lounge, large indoor pool and in-room amenities. The complete package is only $365 per person based on double occupancy. Steve is accepting bookings right now. If you’ve never attended this spectacular summer polka festival, here is your chance! Join Steve and the band for a great weekend of music and fun, July 8-10, 2016.Get more information or book right now or contact Steve directly with any questions.

December 1 , 2015
If you thought you missed out on Steve’s annual holiday sale, you’re actually still in luck! Just in time to follow everyone else’s sale, everything at SteveMeisner.com comes with free shipping from now through Christmas. Pick up Steve’s latest, Thank You Music Lovers, released earlier this year. It will make a great stocking stuffer for someone on your list. No matter what you select, no matter how much you order, it all comes with free shipping anywhere in the United States, starting today through Christmas. The more your order, the more you save! Check out the more than 25 CDs, and DVDs right now and place your order right now!

August 10 , 2015
A new feature article has been published online updating everyone with the latest news and information about Steve. How has the polka industry and the music industry as a whole changed over the years? How is Steve's career different today than in years past? Check out the feature right now on the national website, examinar.com

WORD Leaks about meisner love child
April 1 , 2015
A brand new tabloid-style music publication has apparently blown the lid off of Steve's long-time, well-kept secret. Following in the musical footsteps the likes of Justin Bieber, Jay-Z and MickPolka World Magazine Cover Jagger - all famous musicians accused of having love-children of their own - the inaugural edition of a brand new tabloid-style newspaper, Polka World, has blown the lid off of a previously deeply well-hidden Meisner secret. Will Peng Li inherit the keys to the  Meisner Mansion? Might she one day share the stage with her famous, accordion-playing father? Were the words "Let's Do It" ever uttered? It's difficult to know just how deep this still developing story can go. Perhaps only Tom Brusky, creator of Joe LaBotz, the Polka Pontoon radio show and now the brand new Polka World tabloid publication - not to mention one of Steve's musicians, often playing drums behind Steve on stage - knows. Regardless, it's very likely we won't hear any more about the story for another 365 days. Calls to Steve were not immediately returned prior to this article being published, early Wednesday morning, April 1, 2015. He must have been out celebrating April Fools Day. Happy April Fools!

April 1 , 2015
Music lovers from all over seem to be in love with the latest release from Steve Meisner and His Band. Thank You Music Lovers came out a few months ago and it’s already clear that listeners are loving it! Here are just a few of the comments Steve has received from music lovers:
The latest Meisner "Magic" CD is now stuck in my vehicle’s CD player. This doesn't happen very often...  :) I'm saying it is one of the best CD’s to be released in a long, long while, thus, it is "stuck" in my player. Not all CDs earn that honor in any vehicle driven by me. - Chuck Stastny, PolkaConnection.com
Brilliant, Maestro! Just uploaded your new CD to my music mother ship, and also to my iPod under my personal playlist “Mozart of Polka”… Thanks for the great music, this is a truly great recording! Muchas Gracias, Amigo! - The Burrows of Hollywood, Inc.
Abergut is a great tune and somebody with brains wrote it, especially the lyrics. So, now what are you going to do with another big hit CD in your pocket? It sure is getting a lot of air play. - Bob Roth
What a fantastic CD. I like the way you mention the names of songs. Love Edelweiss. My Dad was not a "singer," but he would sing that one. I don't think I’ve ever heard Denny Anderson yodel...WOW!!! - Bob and Mary Masteller
I just want to compliment you. All of your recordings are dynamite but this one here….I just can’t get enough of it! I must have listened to it five times in a row. It’s the most well-produced-sounding recording I’ve ever heard – Your music is outstanding!! - Bruce Korosa, WJOL radio
All I can say is “WOW”!!! Nice, nice, nice work. I love that live Meisner feeling reminiscent of the "Meisner Mini Concert." - Jeff Walker, Rhapsody Records
Marci and I totally enjoyed the new CD. Your selection of songs is outstanding especially “I’m in Love with You,” one of our favorites. I was also very impressed with the updated arrangements of these songs. If you remember, a few years ago I mentioned that you should do an album and call it “The best of Steve Meisner,” because your voice has progressed so much from when you did some of these original recordings. Well, this CD does just that. Your vocals are impeccable on this edition of Meisner Magic!! Thank you for “Thank You Music Lovers!” - Eric & Marci Wohleben

If you don't have your copy of the new Thank You Music Lovers release, you can pick one up right now from the merchandise section. Get your copy today and see why everone is in love with Thank You Music Lovers!  

March 8 , 2015
Thank You Music Lovers, the latest CD release from Steve Meisner and his band, is already proving to be a big seller. If you don't have yours yet you can order right now and have it shipped to you in no time! You can also see Steve and the guys performing songs from the new Thank You Music Lovers CD as they appear on the Mollie B Polka Party television show on RFD network. Take a look and a listen to a recent show clip as they perform I Get So Lonely.


January 31 , 2015
You’ve heard Steve say it on stage many times and now, Thank You Music Lovers, is the title of a new CD set to debut at the Illinois Polka Fest the first weekend of February. Get set for 21 classic Meisner polkas and waltzes, all recorded live last summer at the Medina Ballroom in Media, Minnesota. OneThank You Music Lovers CD Cover listen and you’ll agree it’s almost like having a front seat at a table in front of the stage – or like having the band perform live for you in your living room. You’ll also hear Steve Meisner and his band in one of their best live performances ever. You can sense the enthusiasm and hear the guys interacting both with the audience and with each other on stage. Many of the songs included on Thank You Music Lovers are already long-time Meisner favorites. Titles include songs made popular by Steve and also by his dad, Verne Meisner, including Polka 76, Sugar Bush, Memories of Vienna and of course El Rio Drive. Some of Steve’s classics like, The Sailor Song, Wildflower Waltz and Meisner Magic are also included. But there’s even more with Denny Anderson yodeling on Edelweiss, Don Hunjadi’s Howg Wobber and other great tunes like Abergut and You Don’t Wanna. With 21 total songs providing nearly 70 minutes of music, Thank You Music Lovers is not only a great recording, it’s a great deal! You can order the new CD right now from the merchandise page or pick one up from Steve on stage.

January 5 , 2015
Steve and the guys have been added to the roster of bands appearing at this year's Illinois Polkafest, February 6-8, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency in Schamburg, Illinois. Along with announcing the addition of the Steve Meisner Band, festival promoter, Bob Doszak, also announced this would be his last year heading the annual event that is about to hit it's 27th year. Will this be the final Illinois Polkafest? It may unless Bob's children decide to continue the legacy. Don't miss what may be the final event and don't miss some of the best Slovenian-style bands in the country, including the Steve Meisner Band. Get more information including hotel booking details by making a visit to the Illinois Polkafest Facebook page.    

December 2 , 2014
Everyone loves a deal. It's even better when it's free. If you missed it last year, you're in luck because the big, once-a-year sale from Steve Meisner has returned once again. Make any purchase of over $25 and get free shipping on your order from now through Christmas. That is real savings! Give someone the gift of Meisner music this holiday season - even if that someone is you! What could be better? Start shopping right now in our MERCHANDISE SECTION

  El Rio Drive Named AS AN All-Time Greatest Hit!
November 15 , 2014
Of the many songs Steve’s father, Verne Meisner, created over his lifetime, El Rio Drive is arguably the most popular. Created in 1977 and named for the street in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, where Verne lived at the time, El Rio Drive became an immediate hit at local performances in and around Milwaukee. That happened even before being recorded one year later for the El Rio Drive album release. Although the song’s popularity continued to spread far and wide, few knew that it was Verne Meisner who had created the catchy song. Today, El Rio Drive continues to be performed live as well as recorded by many artists in all styles of music from Dutchmen and Czech to Polish, Slovenian and of course Tex-Mex. When the curtin goes up at this year’s National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame awards show on Saturday, November 29, El Rio Drive will be inducted as one of this year’s All-Time Greatest Hits. Steve very much regrets not being able to attend the awards show and watch as long-time musician friends Eddie Klacnik presents the award and Hank Thunander performs the song. Still, it brings Steve great pride that his dad’s creation, El Rio Drive, will be certified as an All-Time Greatest Hit. 

August 8, 2014
It was a great time for Steve and the guys as they traveled to Medina, Minnesota, to take part in the latest taping for the Mollie B Polka Party television show on the RFD cable network. Steve, along with Rick Hartmann, Denny Anderson and Don Hunjadi performed at the Medina Entertainment Center in front of an estimated crowd of 750 in attendance. The band recorded a total of seven seperate show segments that will begin airing in Fall and likely run into next year. A total of 21 songs were completed including many Verne Meisner classics like Polka 76, Autumn Leaves, Sugar Bush, Memories of Vienna, Doreen Waltz, and even El Rio Drive. Also in the lineup were tunes featuring three and four part vocal harmonies from all of the guys, plus the yodeling of Denny Anderson, Don Hunjadi featured on flute, and even Don's popular original, Howg Wobbler polka. Of course several of Steve's original tunes were also part of the lineup with the Sailor Song, Wildflower Waltz, and Meisner Magic topping the list. Be sure to watch for Steve's new segments coming soon to the Mollie B Polka Party Show.

August 1, 2014
After returning from a great trip to Ohio and Pennsylvania in late July, the Steve Meisner Band will continue down the road with performances in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois. The new Meisner Jammin Van first heads to the St. Croix Casino in Turtle Lake, Wisconsin, for a Sunday afternoon performance on August 3rd. Steve returns to the Milwaukee area the next day performing at the Budweiser Pavilion inside Wisconsin State Fair with performances on Monday and Wednesday. Thursday takes the gang back to the Northwest - this time to the Medina Entertainment Center to record a bunch of new songs for the Mollie B Polka Party on RFD Television. Tickets will be available at the door to put you on television with Steve and Mollie B. The following weekend it will be a bus rather than the Meisner van taking the band, along with some Meisner fans, to the Frankenmuth Music Fest on August 15 and 16 before stopping in at the Croatian Cultural Club in Joliet on the way home Sunday evening. All told Steve and the band will have traveled nearly 3,000 miles over the last three weeks bringing Meisner music to your area. If you’re going to be somewhere along the route, be sure and make plans to stop by!

While the travels may not be as wide and broad, the events schedule will continue into September with a variety of opportunities to catch some Meisner music. The Labor Day weekend brings Steve back to the Oak Creek VFW Lions Festival on Sunday, August 31. On Labor Day, September 1, it’s back to the Schwabenhof for their annual Oktoberfest. After many years of performing Sunday afternoon at Gemuetlichkeit Days, Steve moves this year to Saturday night in the Black Forest at the Jefferson Fairgrounds for another G-Days performance. One week later it’s back to Northwestern Wisconsin for two days at the Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest. This event continues as one of the largest of its kind hosting Steve and the band on both Friday and Saturday. Unfortunately, this will start to put a close on the outdoor events as you know what will be right around the corner. Actually, let’s not even think about that, just come and enjoy the warm weather, great music and fun at some of these Steve Meisner Band performances.

June 3, 2014
When the 19 year run ended, the last time the Steve Meisner Band performed at the Frankenmuth Summer Music Fest was in 2009. Many Meisner fans can recall great memories spanning nearly two decades at the festival. Now, for the first time in five years, Steve is headed back to Frankenmuth for the 2014 Music Fest, performing on August 15th and 16th. Even better, if you’re from Southeastern, Wisconsin, Steve is hosting a bus trip to the event so you can be there too! Meisner Fans from other parts of the country will no doubt also be headed to Frankenmuth for this long-running event. It will be great to see friends and fans both old and new. Fans interested in traveling with Steve can get complete details and even book the trip on-line from Steve’s website. The bus will depart from Hales Corners, Wisconsin for Friday and Saturday at the Music Fest together with two nights at the Bavarian Inn. On Sunday we’ll visit the Croatian Cultural Club in Joliet, Illinois for one more evening of Meisner music before returning home. Get all of the details right now by clicking the links below.


May 28, 2014
It’s already been three years since Steve Meisner, Rick Hartmann, Denny Anderson and Don Hunjadi appeared on the very first taping of the Mollie B Polka Party show. Those episodes still air but on August 7th, Steve along with the same guys will tape their second Mollie B show. this time at the Medina Entertainment Center in Minnesota. If you’d like to be on television with Steve and Mollie B, tickets are available right now. Even if we don’t see you in Medina, you’ll soon see us on the Mollie B Polka Party with a great selection of new songs.

May 1, 2014
On April 27th Steve lead an all-star, seven-piece, super band - one of four bands at the Polka Parade radio show annual dance in Milwaukee. The extra-large band was sponsored in part by Meisner fan Ken Rosin. At the same time the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) was holding their 34th annual awards show in Appleton. Just as Steve and the super band were performing he was also being announced as the WAMI Polka Artist of the Year at the award ceremony. Regrettably, Steve was not able to accept the award in person. The last WAMI win for Steve was in 2010 with previous WAMI's in 2001, 1996 and 1989. The WAMI awards have a rich tradition in Wisconsin helping to highlight the great variety of talent that the state has to offer - including polka music. Even though Steve was not able to accept the award in person he greatly appreciates being selected from the roster of seven finalists.

April 15, 2014
It has been an exciting time both for Steve Meisner and for his 2013 CD release, Meisner Time. Two separate, nation-wide, organizations have voted Meisner Time the best Slovenian Style polka release in 2013. The first organization to release their award winners was the Polka America Corporation (PAC), where Meisner Time finished on top as the Best Slovenian CD in the 2014 PAC Awards. The PAC awards start with nominations and voting by industry experts followed by final ballots from voting members and the general public. Only days later it was the 24/7 PolkaHeaven’s Best of 2013 that likewise announced that Meisner Time had been voted number one across all of the Slovenian Style releases in 2013. Sweet Jennie Lee took top votes for the best Cleveland-Style, Contemporary, Polka Variety Song of 2013. The 24/7 IJs nominated the finalists before more than 32,000 votes were cast by listeners world-wide during their week-long voting for the 24/7 PolkaHeaven awards. With a national audience voting, Meisner Time was placed on top by both, separate and independent, organizations. Steve wants to thank everyone who took time to vote in all of the recent awards, and added "It is a privilege to be included and counted among so many wonderful recordings and talented people.”. If you don’t have your copy of the award winning Meisner Time, you’ll certainly want to have it in your music collection. It’s available in both CD and MP3 download from the merchandise page as well as many local and Internet sources. Better yet, pick up a copy at one of Steve's next performances! See for yourself why polka fans everywhere say Meisner Time is number one.

April 1, 2014
The thermometer may say otherwise but it really is spring! No matter the temperature, there is a string of hot music events waiting just around the corner and the Steve Meisner Band will be there! It all starts with the Old Time Music Fest at the Silver Dome Ballroom in Neilsville with four great bands including Steve on April 26th. On April 27th Steve will lead a 7-piece, All-star Super Band for the WJYI, Polka Parade annual fund raiser dance taking place at Serb Hall in Milwaukee. Music starts at 12:30 with the International Main Street Polka Band followed by Cleveland’s Eric Noltkamper as he reunites with the Sidemen band. Hank Thunander will perform with a full Cleveland-style band before Steve closes out the day with the All-Star Super Band. Seeing a full 7-piece band with two accordions, sax, banjo/guitar, string bass, drums and piano, is very rare these days and you won't want to miss it. Then on May 18th Steve will once again return to the Olympia Village in Oconomowoc for day three of the Wisconsin Polka Fest. These are some truly great polka events that will launch us into the summer season – including Steve’s first trip in two years to Ohio and Pittsburgh this July. So, Spring into stevemeisner.com to check the schedule, call your friends, and make plans to see steve and the guys performing weekly near you.


March 15, 2014
Imagine a place to dance and listen to the Steve Meisner Band without paying a cover charge. Imagine a place with valet parking. How about complimentary coffee and soft drinks in designated locations, plus happy hour drink specials in the bar? Then add in a total of six resturant options from quick and casual to fine dining. Now throw in an afternoon of great music from Steve Meisner. Could such a place actually exist? You bet it does. The third Thursday of every month is the time and the Fire Pit Side Bar inside the Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee is the place. What really could be better? No charge to get in, drink specials, and plenty of ways to make a day of it. Who knows, you could even win big on the casino floor or in the bingo hall. If it’s been a while, or if you’ve never stopped by, you’ve got to get to the Potawatomi Casino’s Fire Pit Side Bar on April 17 to see Steve from 2-6. Other dates include May 15, June 19 and July 17. No matter the date, it’s always the third Thursday of the month for Steve Meisner at the Potawatomi Casino.

February 17, 2014
Just about everyone will agree... this has been a winter to remember! There's never been a better argument to travel to Florida or Arizona or anyplace warm and snow-free, rather than face yet another day of sub zero temps and more snow. Spring will have to get here sooner or later and we are all ready! Apologies go out to anyone inconvenienced by the many cancellations over the past several months. It's always a good idea to check in here at www.SteveMeisner.com to make sure that either snow or sub-zero temperatures hasn't forced a last minute cancellation of the performance. We'll provide you with the latest info. In the meantime, stop out and catch Steve and the guys for a hot performance sometime soon. We'll take your mind off of the weather with some of your favorite tunes. Hope to see you soon!   

November 24, 2013
The holiday season is once again upon us and about to kick off in full-force with “Black Friday” along with “Cyber Monday” on-line. It’s pretty hard to escape. Meisner merchandise is not left behind by Black Friday or Cyber Monday as everything in the on-line store comes with free shipping on every order over $25! This means real savings for you – as in up to 20% off of regular total prices. The Meisner Holiday Sale free shipping offer runs from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve and is good on every single item in the Meisner store. But that’s not all, make your purchase anytime on Black Friday, November 29 through Cyber Monday, December 2, spend $25 or more, and not only will you get free shipping on your order, you’ll also get a Meisner Time T-Shirt free with your order! That’s a $10 value making your total savings something you just don’t want to miss. What could be easier than starting your Christmas shopping with some Meisner music for your family and friends? Free shipping on any order over $25 from Thanksgiving through Christmas and a free, $10 value, Meisner Time T-Shirt on any order over $25 purchased between Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2013. What a great way to kick off the holiday shopping season - Meisner style! 

September 21, 2013
Steve Meisner is once again on the ballot to be inducted as a life-time achievement winner, this time into the Wisconsin Polka Music Hall of Fame. Last year the Cleveland Polka Hall of Fame placed Steve into this coveted category of lifetime achievement honors - the highest award presented by most organizations. Now, for 2013, Steve has been added to the ballot for Lifetime Achievement honors with the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame. Back in Cleveland, Steve's Meisner Time CD is up for Recording of the Year. Both the Wisconsin and Cleveland Halls of Fame rely on votes from the membership to determine the award winners. Any Meisner fans who are members of either the Wisconsin or Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fames are encouraged to return their election ballots prior to the deadline. Of course a vote for Steve in any of the categories is also greatly appreciated. Both Halls of Fame will hold their awards shows later this year. 

July 27, 2013
West Allis, Wisconsin will be the place to see Steve several times during the first days of August. It starts with the rain date for Veterans Park near 70th and National where Steve and the band make their second attempt to perform for the free, summer concert series. The first attempt was rained out so don't forget to come out for the rescheduled free concert with Steve, hopefully under a clear sky this time, on August 1st. Four days later the band travels just up the street from the West Allis Veterans Park to the West Allis State Fair Park where the band once again performs at the Budweiser Pavilion. This year's dates are Monday and Tuesday, August 5th and 6th starting at 11:00 AM and running until 2:30 PM. It's a great time to visit the Wisconsin State Fair and if you do, be sure to stop by and catch a set or two with the Steve Meisner Band! 

July 2, 2013
The Steve Meisner family will celebrate the wedding of Steve and Barb's middle child, Lindsey, as she marries Nik Martin at a private celebration on Saturday, July 20th. The party will keep going on Sunday as everyone heads to Rick’s Eastside Pub in Whitewater for an afternoon of great music with the Klancnik & Friends band together with the Steve Meisner Band. The music will get underway starting at 1:00 PM and run throughout the afternoon alternating with both Klancnik & Friends and the Steve Meisner Bands all afternoon long. There is no coverage charge to attend! Don’t miss this chance for a great afternoon of fun at Rick’s Eastside Pub with two of the hottest bands in Slovenian style polka music. It will be a great way to wrap up the second Meisner wedding in two years. 

March 11, 2013
The Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) awards have been presented to the best Wisconsin musicians in a variety of categories for over 30 years. The WAMI is a volunteer organization whose purpose is to educate and recognize the achievements and accomplishments of individuals in the Wisconsin music industry. The group also utilizes its funds to provide a Youth Music Showcase and provide scholarships to students and emerging artists. Steve has been nominated in several categories over many previous years and has won in the polka category several times. The WAMI committee recently released the nominees for 2013 and once again Steve Meisner has been nominated in the polka category. The awards show will be held at Turner Hall in Milwaukee on April 14th. Information about the WAMI as well as tickets for the awards show are available directly from their website. Steve is both pleased and proud to once again be nominated for a WAMI at their 33rd awards show.

February 10, 2013
The wait is over! At long last the new and long-awaited Meisner Time CD has arrived to the Meisner Mansion nearly two years to the day after it was started. The original recording session took place on January 24 and 25, 2011 and the shipment of CDs arrived on January 25, 2013. To help celebrate, Steve and the band hosted a CD release party on Saturday, February 9th at Rick’s Eastside Pub in Whitewater, Wisconsin. Fans were able to hear the actual recording band perform all of the songs on the CD, plus many other favorites as well as pick up a copy of the brand new Meisner Time CD together with their free Meisner Time T-Shirt, given away only at the CD release party. It was a packed house taking advantage of hearing a rare five and sometimes six-piece band live on stage. If you missed it, Meisner Time CDs along with some pre-view samples are now available on-line from the Merchandise page. Hear portions of six songs from the new CD then order yours right now! Click on the image to the right to see the new Meisner Time CD cover, or click here to see the back side of the CD package, including song titles and CD information.  COVER   BACK

January 23, 2013
Steve, Don Hunjadi and Tom Brusky were recently captured on stage by photographer, Dick Blau, as they performed for the Heatwave Polka Fest at the Amerahn Ballroom in Kewauskum. When the band arrived early Saturday evening, it was something of a Heatwave for January in Wisconsin with temperatures nearing 50 degrees. By the time the performance had ended only a few hours later, it was anything but tropical as a blizzard of sorts had moved in dropping temperatures into the single digits and blasting wind gusts over 40 miles per hour! At least the music inside was still hot, hot, hot with Steve and the band. See some great photos right here and don't forget about all of the other recent photo adds available from the PHOTOS page.

November 26, 2012
It was a big weekend for Steve as he became both the youngest inductee and the first father-son inductee into the Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame. Steve and the band performed at the Thanksgiving polka festival during all three days of the event as well as appearing in the 25th anniversary awards show on Saturday. Photos and video from the weekend's events have already started to appear on Facebook and You Tube. Check out some of the photos and video from the 2012 Cleveland, Thanksgiving weekend events.

October 21, 2012
Steve was recently featured in an article appearing in one of the largest newspapers in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin State Journal, published in Madison, ran a feature on Steve as part of their Sunday, October 21, 2012 edition. On Wisconsin is a feature of the newspaper that looks at interesting topics related to life in Wisconsin. The feature included both information and photos of Steve, covering his now 35 plus year career. See the feature along with previous news coverage of Steve on the NEWS PAGE.

October 15, 2012
Steve Meisner will join his father on Saturday, November 24, 2012 when he is inducted into the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame at the annual awards ceremony. Being inducted along with Steve are Father Frank Perkovich of Chisholm, Minnesota and Eddie Vallus of Youngstown, Ohio. All other awards are not announced until the awards ceremony while lifetime achievements are named by the Hall of Fame trustees and pre-announced. The 25th annual National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame Awards Show takes place at 2:00 p.m., Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2012, at Euclid Auditorium, 711 East 222nd Street, in Euclid, Ohio. This year's program features an all-star salute for the Hall of Fame’s silver anniversary, featuring Steve Meisner, Canada’s Polka King Walter Ostanek, and Nashville’s button-box sweetheart Lynn Marie Hrovat Rink. The Steve Meisner Band will also be performing throughout the weekend at the event as well as taking a bus trip of fans along with them. Steve is extremely honored to receive the news and be inducted as a lifetime achievement award winner. Watch for more information in the November newsletter (sign up on the right if you don't currently receive the newsletter) and here at SteveMeisner.com.

October 4, 2012
The first Steve Meisner web site was created over 15 years ago. Wow, that's a long time! Since then a whole lot of stuff has been put up around here. We've had all sorts of information, photos, videos, band schedules, trip information, accomplishments, performances, more photos, music, and even some information about my familly, friends, and hobbys. With all of that content, we've really created quite an inventory of items - including some that are now pretty out-dated. As you can see, we already have a new look that will hopefully help everyone find what they need, but it's really only temporary. I won't bore you with everything taking place behind the scenes, but we have started to clean house here at Steve Meisner.com and will continue to make changes and clean up over the next few months. Then, sometime in 2013 we'll roll out a completely redesigned website that both current and new Steve Meisner fans will not only enjoy but be able use as a great resource for everything Meisner. Until then, please bear with us as we continue our house cleaning.

Meisner Time T-Shirt

August 10, 2012
In preparation for the highly anticipated Meisner Time recording, brand new Meisner Time T-shirts now available. The new T-shirts were introduced at the 2012 Wisconsin State Fair with many Meisner fans already getting theirs! Meisner fans can order their Meisner Time T-shirt right now from the Merchandise section. While you are there, be sure to check out all of the Meisner recordings available on CD and DVD. Fans can use any major credit card to safely order on-line - right from this website! We'll ship anywhere in the world, and typically have your order on the way to you within a few days! Take some time right now to check out all of the merchandise and make certain that you aren't missing anything from your CD collection - including some of the early Meisner music - all available now on compact disc.


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