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Sites / businesses / bands Ross and Valina like:
www.bravecombo.com Nuclear Polka, awesome swing, hot salsa, and everything in between!
www.alexmeixner.com Head bangin' rockin' rollin' with plenty of tradition left in the mix, Alex takes polka to a new level!
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.qpchouston.com Best printing company in Houston! Owner Aaron also has a band called Tuna Sin who plays periodically at Hickory Hollow near the Heights in Houston.
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 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 over 20 years. We still eat here whenever we aren't working or rehearsing; We've been performing regularly since Christmas of 2013.
www.kingsbiergarten.com Voted the Best German restaurant in the USA for 2013, and it's located just a little south of Houston in a city called Pearland. Great food, friendly staff, plenty of German bier on tap. ...and they have "Das Boot" (der Stiefel)! A truly laid back Texas style Alpine party atmosphere.
www.murphys-law-bryan.com (Murhpy's Law Pub and Brauhaus) is a traditional German restaurant through and through. All of the interior, the materials on the walls and ceiling, Every fixture, and decor is imported from Germany. It's located in Bryan, Texas. Ross and Valina call it "Heimatabend" when they play at the Brauhaus, because so many of the Germans who immigrated to the area come to the restaurant in their tracht. They sing and dance all night long. Truly Gemutlichkeit!
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.choctawfestival.org An Oktoberfest event near Oklahoma City, held at a city park, produced by the Old Germany Restaurant. German food and German beer, PROST! Das Ist Lustig is there every year from open to close.
http://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.galvestonoktoberfest.com A family event on Galveston Island at the First Lutheran Church. Free admission, and tons of fun! Yes, they have beer 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 is a new venue for Das Ist Lustig in 2015. We're so excited to meet everyone there.
St John's German Fest This tiny little church in Deanville puts on this big event every year in May. Das Ist Lustig is honored to have been with them since the beginning. This event grows each year. it's produced and attended by wonderful people.