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Polka Dan's Beetbox Band

Polka Dan's Beetbox Band from Cape Cod, MA play high-energy traditional roots music, ranging from Eastern European dance music, Americana, and polka-fied hits.

The Beetbox Band is on a mission to revitalize polka for the next generation. "Polka Dan" Blajda is a fifth-generation musician. For hundreds of years, Dan's relatives, the Pudelkow family, were a village band in Southern Poland's beet-farming region. (The family name translates to "box", as in a box to carry beets, hence beetbox.) But, the family band has retired their instruments and band costumes to a local museum, and the music is no longer played.

Cape Cod's eclectic artist community has shown excited support of the Beetbox Band, and a new polka army is emerging. Shows have drawn increasing crowds, and a surprising number of younger attendees who come to dress up and dance.

The band has worked with producers Joel Hamilton (Tom Waits, The Black keys) and Jon Evans (Tori Amos), and have several self-released albums.