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The WDVX Blue Plate Special – 10/7 – Alex Meixner / Jake Dwyer
October 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Alex Meixner is one of the most dynamic accordionists on the scene today. Meixner has performed around the world, notably at American festivals like The National Folk Festival and Central Park SummerStage, as well as at uncountable community celebrations and accordion-centric events. His virtuosic yet delightfully quirky style has made him a sought-after collaborator (he worked alongside Jack Black in the 2017 Sundance pick The Polka King), spokesperson (Hormel and Ford have used his music and performance to promote their products) and educator. As a recording artist, he has worked with renowned avant garde accordionist/ composer Guy Klucevsek, popular Irish entertainer Seamus Kennedy, Texas indie rockers The Krayolas. His recording “Polka FreakOut” with Brave Combo’s Bubba Hernandez won him a GRAMMY nomination.
Alex’s shows mix all of these musical styles into the exuberant Central European party music that’s family tradition, letting die-hard polka fans to enjoy and embrace the evolutions and letting the hipsters discover all there is to love in the underappreciated, innately fun genre. Whether playing for concert or dance audiences, Alex and his band strive to entertain, connecting joyfully with audiences of all ages.
Jake Dwyer is an Appalachian blues singer/songwriter from Jonesborough,TN. Jake sings heartfelt and soulful songs rooted in vintage blues rock tones, while intertwining a psychedelic groove. His trio, Jake Dwyer Band released their debut album “Late” in 2022, followed by their new EP “Driving Thoughts” in 2023.