Polka Radio Shows
Call in and request our music, or just listen to all the fun polka bands the shows have to offer!
Michael Craig's Polka Show from Rockdale, Texas 98.5 KRXT
Saturday Morning Dance Time with John Dujka from El Campo, Texas 1390AM KULP
The American Czech Hour with David Kolar from Hillsboro, Texas 1560AM KHBR Radio
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Sites / businesses / bands Ross and Valina like:
www.jeffryderdrumshop.com Jeff Ryder plays drums for Terry Cavanagh in his band. He also has two drum shops, stocked with some of the best equipment you can find. Meet with Jeff for all your drum needs. He knows the products like no one else, has ways of fabricating all sorts of custom items, and is a great business man. Drop by at their San Antonio location!
www.thesauerkrautfoodtruck.com One of our most favorite food trucks to visit, and sometimes work alongside. The food is always consistent. If you liked what you had last time you ate there, you'll like it this time too! They take very good care of the band at festivals as well, often feeding us so we can keep going on stage.
www.alexmeixner.com Head bangin' rockin' rollin' with plenty of traditional sounds in the mix, Alex takes polka, and pepperoni, to a new level!
www.bravecombo.com Nuclear Polka, awesome swing, hot salsa, and everything in between!
www.squeezeboxband.com Ever heard of Mollie B or Ted Lange? This dynamic duo has an amazing dance band. They're young, energetic, fun to watch, and amazing to listen to!
www.fireonthemountaincloggers.com The fastest cloggers in the west! Appalachian cloggin at its best. Check 'em out at a festival near you!
www.aufgehtsmusik.com The members of this band have been on the stage for over 25 years in Houston as members of other German bands; Alpenfest being the most prominent. They're also good friends, and have played a large role in inspiring us.
www.eurofestband.com Kevin, Robert, and Eric have a new band called Eurofest, and their music is truly a Eurofest. You're guaranteed a great afternoon if these guys are playing at a dance hall near you.
www.houstonsaengerbund.org "...to promote and preserve the German language, culture and music, the Houston Saengerbund partners with organizations, groups and schools who cultivate the furtherance of German culture right here in Houston as well as throughout Texas."
www.tunasin.com A fun Americana, folk, country, western swing band in the Houston area.
www.adventuresinbirdsinc.com Best bird store in Houston! Owner Jean knows just about all there is to know about pet birds - they are her life. Aviary is clean, food is fresh, toys are abundant, and birds are well kept. Valina bought a small parrot here in 1996. That bird is still a healthy happy pet who entertains us with silly antics, funny noises and lots of affection.
www.littledutchgirl.com The Little Dutch Girl in Old Town Spring has Dutch imports for sale - nice and close to Houston - great home-made fudge too!
www.popstardallas.com Delicious all natural popsicles made with love in Dallas. They also collect old VW's and repurpose them. They allowed us to use their booth for our "Road Trip" CD cover pictures! Look for them at a Farmer's Market or festival near you!
www.thundercloud.com Favorite place to eat subs on the road - usually Austin or New Braunfels.
www.henksblackforestbakery.com Favorite place for lunch in the Dallas area.
www.chick-fil-a.com Favorite place to eat chicken soup, salad on the road, or for meetings. Chicken salad sandwich is pretty good too!
www.jamesconeyisland.com Is there any other hot-dog?
Poffertjeskraam Bussum Favorite treat in the whole wide world! These little Dutch wads of dough smothered in butter and powder sugar are worth going all the way to the Netherlands to eat!
Some of the places Das Ist Lustig returns regularly:
www.rudilechners.com YUMMY!! Taste their German Heritage! We've been happy customers of Rudi's for nearly 30 years. We still eat here sometimes when we aren't working or rehearsing; We've been performing regularly at Rudi's since Christmas of 2013.
www.germanfest.net Muenster Germanfest to be exact. It happens every year on the last weekend in April. The Valina Polka variety show developed and still takes place here, and Das Ist Lustig joined the list of Tanzhalle performers in 2013.
www.addisontexas.net Addison's Oktoberfest is one of the largest all German parties in the USA. Featuring Texas based German entertainers, and sometimes a band from Germany to return on a semi-annual basis. Plenty of games and contests at the Bowl Stage where Valina has been their emcee since 2006.
www.deutscheshaus.org New Orleans has some deep German roots of its own too! There are festivals and activities year round. We used to play for their Volksfest in May, now we play for their Oktoberfest as often as we can. It's truly a party when NOLA hangs out at Oktoberfest, just a super happy and care free atmosphere.
www.galvestonoktoberfest.com A family event on Galveston Island at the First Lutheran Church. Free admission, and tons of fun! Yes, they have Bier and delicious food for sale.
www.tomballgermanfest.org There are two festivals each year, the Tomball German Heritage Festival on the last weekend in March, and the Tomball German Christmas Market. Free admission and tons of fun!
Tulsa Germanfest and Linde Oktoberfest in Tulsa were new venues for Das Ist Lustig in 2015 and 2017. The Germanfest is held in the GAST clubhouse, which looks and feels just like a Bierhalle in Germany, has excellent food cooked by its members, and import German Bier on tap. The Linde Oktoberfest is a huge 4 day party every year. Both events are great to visit!