"Back to Future Polka", released May 1, 2011, was produced and engineered by Joel Hamilton (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Dub Trio, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Matisyahu). The songs range from Dan's traditional family music to familiar polka hits, and include techno and dubstep remixes for the next generation. This six-song EP is an overture to the planned full-length album in 2013.
Please join us in preserving the incredible music and culture of Polka!
A polka apocalypse is unfolding. Apolkalypse.
Traditional village polka music is all but forgotten. This rich cultural heritage encapsulates many lineages of eastern European roots music. Each year, there are fewer polka bands, and fewer record labels releasing polka music. The Grammys have discontinued the Best Polka Album category.
Polka Dan's Beetbox Band is on a mission to revitalize polka for the next generation. "Polka Dan" Blajda is a fifth-generation polka musician. For hundreds of years, Dan's relatives, the Pudelkow family, were a village band in 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.
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Cape Cod, MA, USA
Dan Blajda 978-360-7889
released 01 May 2011
Produced and Engineered by Joel Hamilton. Synthesizer and Remixes by Joel Hamilton. Assistant Engineer: Francisco Botero. Mastered by Chad Clark.
Polka Dan (violin, vocals), Robin Johnson (piano), Clayton March (banjo, clarinet), Greg Johnson (bass), and David Silver (drums).
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