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In Topic: Neat stick *in* HH trick!

04 December 2017 - 06:05 AM

I also notice he is using an LP Claw in reverse, to suspend the pandeiro.

In Topic: Open Stage / Open Jam Etiquette Help

01 December 2017 - 05:34 AM

I understand 3 song rule for open mic.  But how does that work for an open jam ?   A bass player can only sit in on 3 songs, then has to be replaced by a different bass player ?   Or do you mean he can play on as many songs as people will have him, but he can only lead three songs ?

In Topic: Set up for a polka gig

26 November 2017 - 03:29 PM

I love Brave Combo and have heard them live several times. But it is a completely different style of polkas than I grew up playing. Here is a typical example of Polish polkas played live.




Good stuff.  The "Push" style of Polish-American polka music, quite distinct from the 'Eastern" or big-band style. But I suppose a non-aficionado would have to hear both, back to back, to register the difference.


Gotta say my favorites were The Dynatones, from Buffalo, back when the late Scrubby Seweryniak led the group.  They had Larry Trojack on drums who was amazing; as was Nigel Kurdziel, who really took the art of electric bass to a new level. 

In Topic: Set up for a polka gig

26 November 2017 - 10:03 AM

Here's a pic for posterity. Told you the stage was small!


Sharp-looking crew, love the hats !   I bet the tuba/euphonium combo added a nice 1-2 punch. 


In my regular band, we have an upright bass fiddle.   But on occasions, my accordion-playing friend will call me up for a pick-up gig, and he usually has a tuba player in tow ... an opportunity I relish, as I am a big fan of low brass.   Here we had a kid playing the over-the-shoulder marching bass horn.


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In Topic: Set up for a polka gig

26 November 2017 - 08:54 AM




Brave Combo is a polka/rock/worldbeat band based in Denton, Texas. Founded in 1979 by guitarist/keyboardist/accordionist Carl Finch, they have been a prominent fixture in the Texas music scene for more than thirty-five years. Their music, both originals and covers, incorporates a number of dance styles, mostly polka, but also some Latin American and Caribbean styles like norteƱo, salsa, rumba, cha-cha-cha, choro, samba, two-step, cumbia, charanga, merengue, ska, etc.


Great band.  They have won two Grammy's for Best Polka Album (a category which, unfortunately, The Recording Academy has since discontinued).   Beating Jimmy Sturr out of a polka Grammy was no small feat, yet alone doing it twice.   I first met Carl and Bubba when Brave Combo played a club in Albany NY.  We kept in touch.  When they returned to Albany, this time playing a big outdoor concert in Washington Park, they invited me up on the stage to play the spoons with them.