Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
More like a carnival than a sit-down concert, the accordion squeezing Alex Meixner and his five-piece band were all over the musical spectrum, punching holes in it all the way as they traversed one song after another for two sets of serious polka-tinged, rock, country, heavy metal, punk, roots-Americana and whatever else you can think of. With a heavy dose of hilarity and a circus-like approach, as well as interludes of yodeling, juggling, dancing and, no joke, flying (standing in place, of course), the band thoroughly entertained the crowd of several hundred people at Lake George’s Shepard Park.
The band conducted a yodeling contest, bringing three young volunteers from the audience up on the stage. In the words of Meixner, they each exhibited “a New York attitude,” representing the best of the state and yodeling at its juvenile finest (earplugs optional), as one of them took top honors (as determined by the audience), walking off with a CD and other band merchandise.