The Mollie B Show was absolutely delightful. Although I was not really into polka music when I went to see Mollie B and the Squeezebox Band perform at Bentsen Grove Resort last week, I just became a fan! And the packed house of Winter Texans attests to the popularity of Mollie B, the band and polka music.
During the intermission at last Wednesday’s show, Sharon Olund, of North Ranch, Minn. said, “We’re big fans, we really like her,” said Sharon, who spends her winters at Bentsen Grove.
Literally everyone I spoke to at the show was just thrilled with the performance and the chance to see Mollie B in person. A lot of the band’s notoriety comes from the band’s highly popular show, the Mollie B Polka Party that’s aired on RFD-TV.
“We watch RFD-TV a lot and we see her on RFD,” said Shirley Kltsa, from Mora, Minn. Shirley added, “She’s so energetic. Wow!” as she tried to describe the performance at Bentsen Grove, adding that she loves polka and grew up dancing the polka.
It seems she was in good company, as Gwen Johnsen, of Mora, Minn. shared, “We are just thrilled to be able to come watch Mollie B in person. I’ve seen her on RFD a lot of times, and I’m from Wisconsin originally – from polka land—when Myron Floren and all those guys were around. Both George and I used to dance a lot... and so we polka’d a lot. It’s fun to hear.”
When I asked Myrtle Lombard, a Winter Texan from Foreston, Minn. (near St. Cloud) if it was worth coming out to see the Mollie B Show, she replied, “You betcha! We watch her every Saturday night on RFD. I wouldn’t miss this for the world! I enjoy this so much tonight.”
Mollie B’s fan club includes a whole lot more people than just Winter Texans. The Mollie B Polka Party was broadcast on RFD-TV to over 60 million households, including at least one very special person, as Mollie explained.
“Last March, I got a call from Warner Brothers. The call went something like this: ‘Hi, Mollie. We have a new movie coming out. Our director is a fan of yours; he watches the Mollie B Polka Party every Saturday night... So, Clint would like you to be in his new movie.’”
“Sure enough folks, Clint Eastwood watches the Mollie B Polka Party!” Mollie exclaimed.
The movie, called “The Mule” directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, hit the theaters Dec. 14, 2018.
Next, Ted Lange, Mollie’s husband and highly accomplished accordionist, announced the band’s next song would be the song they wrote for the movie: “A Day to Say Thank You.” And he dedicated the song to “all the veterans out there.”
While Mollie B’s talent and credentials are remarkable, Ted is a very talented musician in his own right. (They have received too many awards to mention in this article.) Together, along with band members Joe Poper (guitar, banjo, clarinet, vocals) and Dana Lindblad (drums, percussion), they bring a lively, highly entertaining show to the stage, to the delight of their audiences. This is what entertainment is supposed to be – when you walk away, after staying until that very last song, not daring to miss a moment of the experience, and you say, “Wow! That was fantastic! What a great show!”
For the uninitialed who may ask, “So what’s so great about Mollie B and the Squeezebox Band?” my answer is simply this: Go to one of their shows and you’ll find out. They’ll knock your socks off. The Squeezebox Band, featuring Mollie B and Ted Lange performs many different genres of music. Yes, they do great polka, but their shows include other styles of music, often featuring Mollie B’s exquisite voice and polished performances on the trumpet, saxophone and keyboard. Her performance of songs like “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” and The Sound of Music’s “Maria” entranced the audience as her beautiful voice resonated throughout the hall. Their shows are truly artistic performances that are highly entertaining as almost every song adds a different dimension to the experience. Mollie plays more than a dozen different instruments, adding depth to the foundation of Ted’s amazing accordion skills and the other band members sharing the spotlight.
For more information about the band, Mollie B and Ted, visit their website at https://www.squeezeboxband.com/the-band. And don’t miss their show. They’ll be back in the Valley next year with just two shows planned as part of their Texas tour, one on Jan. 28 at Tip O Texas in Pharr, and the other on Jan. 29 at Bentsen Grove Resort in Palmview (Mission).