LIVE: The Alex Meixner Band @ Shepard Park, 8/17/16
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.
The juggling portion of the show started with one musician putting down his instrument and showing off his juggling skills. But later in the song, no fewer than three of the bandmembers were involved, tossing balls around to each other while playing the song.
This band was perfect for Shepard Park in the peak of the summer vacation season where, as the concert progressed, the outer rim of the park’s amphitheater filled up with onlookers who who were captivated by the band’s antics and playfulness.
Mind you, the five musicians are all accomplished on their individual instruments, and aside from all of the entertaining fun and games, their musical talent and versatility was superb.
The Lake George Arts Project’s free weekly concert series continues at 8pm on Wednesday (August 24) as Mako (the EDM duo of Logan Light and Alex Seaver) teams up with the 17-piece Lake George Music Festival Orchestra.