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“You’ve never heard what he does anywhere else – it’s traditional oompah polka music, but it’s oompah on steroids. It’s oompah like you’ve never heard it before. People drive for miles, all the way from upstate New York, to see him and his band perform. - Jennifer Lampert from the Pilsener Haus in Hoboken, NJ”
“Musikfest is known for its variety of music, but polka is its heart. After all, the word Musikfest and the German names of the platzes were inspired by the Oktoberfests of the world. There may be some who think it is only for senior citizens. Well, this happy form of music is still going strong both at Musikfest and across the country. Last month, ArtsQuest announced its polka-filled Oktoberfest was the most successful festival of SteelStacks' first year. Alex Meixner is one of the leaders of a new wave of polka bands, which are bringing the music to a new generation. "We know the traditional repertoire, but we are evolving the music and playing other styles. Polka musicians used to play big band music, because it was popular then," says Meixner in a phone interview. He adds jazz, pop, folk, and world music to his show, as well as a variety of polkas. In one song, the group switches amongMetallica's"Enter Sandman," polka, and Brahms Lullaby, all in three and a half minutes. ”
“Alex Meixner's outreach program for German and music students is a great proponent for German culture and music. His presence, both on and off-stage, commands the interest and attention of his audience and his air of genuine concern for youth is apparent and allows him to quickly develop a great rapport with them. His visit to our school was greatly appreciated by both students and staff.”
“People can’t help but dance when they are under the influence of Alex’s music and the energy he exports!”
"Meixner temporarily transformed the ballroom into a German Fest house, filling the room with traditional polka infused with his own charismatic flair."
“I have not seen that many people rush a stage in 20 years. It was an honor to have Alex perform at our event. Polkas are Alive and well thanks to Alex.”
“By the end of the song, your heart is beating fast, and your blood is pumping to capacity.”
“The combinations are intoxicating --- look elsewhere if you want a dry, academic primer on world polkas”
“One of the rising stars in the United States in Polka Music”
“Alex excited the sold out crowd with a variety of tunes both on the Piano Accordion and the Button Box Accordion. His electric style of performing had the audience buzzing with excitement!”
“A festival favorite for its swinging, zinging versions of tunes around the world- waltzes, gypsy numbers, funny Rocktoberfest hybrids and 57 Varieties of Polka”
“The musical mastery of Alex Meixner is a gift he gives to the listener. Seeing him perform revealed the passion and in-depth spirit he has for his music.”
“Alex has a way of challenging young people to think about the how's and why's of music. His energetic and enthusiastic approach inspires students to reach for higher goals.”
“...arguably the most dynamic, electrifying musical performer working today.”
“Mr. Meixner's residency here at Sugar Valley Rural Charter School was one of the most positive educational experiences, musically, that I have ever witnessed.”
"Alex does not just play the accordion, he puts his complete heart and soul in to the task, and he manages to do things with the accordion that you would think would not be humanly possible, but he does it, and the result is incredible."
"While staying true to the polka roots, the arrangements that Alex presents of these songs give the music a more contemporary feel that allows the music to be appreciated by a wider audience."
“Backed this year by three highly talented accomplices, the Alex Meixner Band set a new standard for fun, zaniness, musicality and perspiration.”