Thirsty for suds and odd sounds with a propulsive polka beat? Check out post-Polka, a subsidiary of Santa Barbara’s helplessly eclectic band Headless Household. The band kicks up the polka in its 2nd annual “alt-Oktoberfest,” at Muddy Waters on Wednesday, October 27. In 2003, Headless Household released the conceptual polka album post-Polka. Some loved it. Others didn’t. Others are still snoozing in the jury box. After a couple of strictly-polka gigs, a resolve was made to create a spinoff band, hereby dubbed post-Polka.
At the moment, the members of post-Polka are: Julie “the polka queen” Christensen, bassist Jim Connolly, faux accordionist Dick Dunlap, drum man Tom Lackner, guitarman Joe Woodard, saxist/clarinetist Tom Buckner, violinist/vocalist Sally Barr, multi-instrumental wizard/nice guys Bill Flores and… (?) This is not your father’s polka, unless your father likes Jimmy Sturr, Brave Combo, Stravinsky, Zappa, John Zorn, Nino Rota, and modulating waltzes.
Recorded at the old Riviera Studios by Wayne Sabbak and at the Tompound by Tom Lackner, post-Polka was the sixth album by Headless Household and its 20th anniversary celebration project. It has gone on to be one of the band’s “hottest” sellers, especially in the digital realm. With luck and gumption, another post-Polka album is in the works… Go figure. Come polka.
- Where: Muddy Waters, 508 E. Haley St., Santa Barbara
- When: Wednesday, October 27, 8:30 p.m.
- Tickets: $5 (beer tariff not included)