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"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.
The BEETBOX BAND from Cape Cod play high-energy roots music, including bluegrass, Americana, klezmer, and polka. Their rowdy live shows get the crowd dancing and singing along. Bandleader "Polka" Dan Blajda is a 5th-generation fiddler from a family of musicians in Poland's beet-farming region. Clayton March plays clarinet, banjo, and sax. He is a music teacher by day, and plays every week all over Cape Cod, often with bassist and songwriter Greg Johnson (formerly of bluegrass band Raw Honey). Robin Johnson plays piano, and is a writer by day. David Silver plays the drums, using an unusual stand up cocktail kit.
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.
The Beetbox Band is on a mission to preserve all kinds of roots music and 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 root music crowd 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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The BEETBOX BAND
Cape Cod, MA, USA
Dan Blajda 978-360-7889
released May 1, 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).
Dan Blajda 978-360-7889
POLKA DAN'S BEETBOX BAND, Cape Cod, MA, USA