(up-to-the-minute and almost recent news)
Atlanta! Raleigh! Jessup (Baltimore)!
Coming up, Brave Combo will be haunting the stages at Smith's Olde Bar, in Atlanta (Wed Mar 12), The Pour House Music Hall, in Raleigh (Thu Mar 13) and the soon to close, Blob's Park Bavarian Beer Garden, in Jessup, MD, between Baltimore and Washington, DC (Fri Mar 14).
We are both thrilled and sad about this show at Blob’s. It stops existing forever on March 31, two weeks after we play. It’s one of the most super groovy rooms ever, anywhere; a popular stop for all of the East Coast polka bands, for sure, but all kinds of music have been presented at Blob’s over the decades. It’s just one of those totally feel-good unique spots.
The Cat is Back!
Here, Kitty Kitty! The extremely popular Atomic Cat shirt has returned! This time in black ink on a yellow heavy cotton t-shirt. Order Yours
New Machine's Pump
The latest edition of Carl's monthly newsletter, Machine's Pump is now up. What's on his mind this month? Announcements of musical collaborations, a Brave Combo book/sculpture made out of one of Carl's accordions, plus links to a few found videos of people dancing to and bands covering Brave Combo's music. Read It Now!
Brave Combo Accordion Book Sculpture
The University of North Texas Libraries have specially commissioned a "Brave Combo Accordion Book" for their Special Collections. Artists Peter and Donna Thomas collaborated with Brave Combo's Carl Finch to create this one-of-a-kind book out of one of Carl's own accordions. Embedded in the red Roma's bellows are many photos of Brave Combo and the story of the Denton-based band.
If you are going to be near the UNT campus in Denton between now and May 9th, you can pop by and see it in person. The sculpture will be on display as part of the collection's spring exhibit in the Sarah T. Hughes reading room on the 4th floor of the Willis Library. It will also continue to be available to be viewed online as part of the libraries' digital collection. https://exhibits.library.unt.edu/spring-exhibit/brave-combo-accordion-book
In Case You Missed This
We hate to dredge up 2013 and remind everyone about Christmas, but, in all the festivities, you may have overlooked this Brave Combo feature in a recent Los Angeles Times story about notable underground holiday albums from the past. Ho, Ho, Ho once again everyone!
Guess who made his annual appearance at Brave Combo's Holiday Dance Party at FitzGerald's in Berwyn, IL! Thumpity thump thump, look at Frosty GO! Thanks to Mike Hoffman for recording this for us.
The diary of Tim Walsh!!!
30 years ago Tim Walsh, then reedman for Brave Combo, keep a very detailed diary of the bands early days. You can now take a trip back in time and experience the beginnings of Brave Combo through Tim's eyes. Check out Tim's Diary.
The latest Machine's Pump newsletter is now online.
Check the archive for issues you may have missed. The newest installment will be here any day!!!
|3/12 Smith's Olde Bar - Atlanta, GA|
|3/13 The Pour House - Raleight, NC|
|3/14 Blob's Park - Jessup, MD|
|4/1 Polka Concert & Dance - Texarkana, TX|
|4/3 Old Bedford School - Bedford, TX|
|4/6 Deep Ellum Arts Festival - Dallas, TX|
|4/12 66WESTfest - Weatherford, OK|
|4/27 Denton Arts & Jazz Festival - Denton, TX|
|5/9 Whistlestop Plaza - Irving, TX|
|5/10 Wataugafest - Watauga, TX|
|5/24 & 25 National Polka Festival - Ennis, TX|
|6/6 & 7 Sugar Creek Slavic Festival - Sugar Creek, MO|
|7/4 Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH|
There's a lot of Brave Combo on YouTube. It's the next best thing to a live streaming concert, which is the next best thing to live.
Here are a few of the latest additions to the ever growing YouTube list of Brave Combo videos:
Monster Flute Choir
A performance with the Monster Flute Choir at TWU
Do Something Different
a snippet from the Brave Combo story
Charlottesville Pavilion -
Charlottesville, VA - August 13, 2010
Brave Combo 1
Brave Combo 2
Brave Combo 3
Gruene Hall -
New Braunfels, TX - August 20, 2010
The Satellite Polka
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