Big Fellows

With big accordions:

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For the record, that’s John Stevens, cocky with that big accordion, right.  Who wouldn’t be?  John Stevens’ Doubleshot is one of the bands we’ll be listening to tonight on In Heaven There Is No Beer.  We’ll be taking a whirlwind tour through the polka bands of NEPA (that’s North East Pennsylvania for the non-initiates) and upstate New York.

We’ll also be introducing a new segment tonight on our program—How to Dress for Success—not so much for polka band personnel, but for our sadly arrayed presidential candidates.

In Heaven There Is No Beer is heard exclusively on WIOX, community radio 91.3 FM, Roxbury, NY—and that’s upstate.  We come to you every Thursday evening at 8:00 PM and the show streams live at  wioxradio.org.  Our broadcasts are also available on the iPhone and internet apps such as Tunein Radio.  And locally, on Margaretville Cable Channel 20 where the reception is crystal clear.

Your host,

Joe Markulin

Another historically sweeping accordion show

From Spanish Ladies (1624) to Lady of Spain (1947), from the sailor-ridden English Channel to the boy wonder of Fresno—Dick  Contino.

Here’s the man, young, handsome, and happy—and probably playing Lady of Spain—early in his career:

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Here’s Dick after he went to Vegas and met Liberace, from whom he obviously picked up some fashion cues:

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Love the Beatle boots and that shirt.

Tonight’s show is a tribute to the Spanish people and language and the songs they inspired.

Join us for In Heaven There Is No Beer, heard exclusively on WIOX, community radio 91.3 FM, Roxbury, NY.  We come to you every Thursday evening at 8:00 PM and the show streams live at  wioxradio.org.  Our broadcasts are also available on the iPhone and internet apps such as Tunein Radio.  And locally, on Margaretville Cable Channel 20 where the reception is crystal clear.

Your host,

Joselito Markulin

We respond to our critics

To the enemies of the accordion, to the friends of the accordion who deem us not accordion enough, to our political opponents and to our personal enemies, who are legion:

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Pueriel?   Why not?

Join us tonight for the usual sweeping selection of Italian, French, and Latin American music.  Remember, it’s thoughtfully curated!  And we’ll also be presenting our moving tribute to the late, great Merle Haggard—on the accordion.

In Heaven There Is No Beer is heard exclusively on WIOX, community radio 91.3 FM, Roxbury, NY.  We come to you every Thursday evening at 8:00 PM and the show streams live at  wioxradio.org.  Our broadcasts are also available on the iPhone and internet apps such as Tunein Radio.  And locally, on Margaretville Cable Channel 20 where the reception is crystal clear.

Your host,

Joe Markulin

I love Paris…

In the springtime, and in fact, every moment of the year.  There’s always a dance hall, and you’re never far from the sound of a heavenly accordion.  Well, that was then.

Balajo (opened 1935) was just one of the many Bals Musette (accordion juke joints) on the rue de Lappe.  It’s still there, but most nights they entertain the tourists of the international lumpen bourgeoise with rock and roll, salsa, and the occasional tango.   Only on Monday afternoons, only from 3 to 5, do they take a trip back in time and pull out the accordions.

In that context, thank God for radio!   And In Heaven There Is No Beer, keeping the 30s, 40s, 50s and, in fact, the better part of the nineteenth century alive.

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In Heaven There Is No Beer is heard exclusively on WIOX, community radio 91.3 FM, Roxbury, NY.  We come to you every Thursday evening at 8:00 PM and the show streams live at  wioxradio.org.  Our broadcasts are also available on the iPhone and internet apps such as Tunein Radio.  And locally, on Margaretville Cable Channel 20 where the reception is crystal clear.

Your host,

Joe Markulin