Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall Keeps Rockabilly Alive In Milwaukee

OK; I’m not ashamed to admit it. In addition to my love for rockabilly music, I have a huge soft spot in my heart for polkas too! And it’s not just because I’m an old man or something. I’ve been listening to polka music voluntarily since my mid 20s. It’s just good, plain old fun music. And besides that, there’s always a lot of beer around whenever the polka music is heating up!

The outside of Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Kochanski's (Copyright 2008 Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall )

So, how can I resist Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin? Although Kochanski’s is a new establishment, it’s basically just an extension of a long-time business called Art Altenburg’s Concertina Bar under new management by Andy Kochanski. As Art’s, the bar regularly featured polka music. Now that the place belongs to Kochanski, it’s the perfect confluence of a couple of my musical loves. After significant remodelling and updating, Kachanski’s has kept the polka tradition going, but in addition has added regular rockabilly shows to the schedule.

Kochanski’s has been honored in a new photo essay book by photographer Phillip Kassner called Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall. Writer Christina Zawadiwsky has a written a nice review of the book and I’m trying to get my mitts on a copy so that I can do my own review in the Book Reviews section of this site.

I don’t get over to Milwaukee quite as often as I used to, so I haven’t made it out to Kochanski’s yet, but one of these days I’m bound to check out a rockabilly show there. And if I happen to catch a polka band at the same time (the club has two stages), well all the better. And I can’t deny that there will probably be some good German and Polish beer involved in the evening as well!

Have you been to Kochanski’s yet? If so, leave a comment and let us know what it’s like.

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Buster Fayte is an author and musician who enjoys sharing his love for rockabilly music with readers throughout the world.
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5 Responses to Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall Keeps Rockabilly Alive In Milwaukee

  1. Christina Zawadiwsky says:

    I was just at Kochanski’s Concertina Hall in late December (for the first time), trying to catch up with the Bicycling Santas (they bicycle around Milwaukee and then go to a few selected spots for parties), and I missed them by just a few moments! Andy Kochanski is the friendliest guy you’ll ever meet, and he made me feel very welcome there. The hall is vast, with a stage at the front and another at the back. I didn’t see rockabilly that day but am certain to come back another time! The place is very friendly, you feel as if you can easily turn to the person next to you (who’s a stranger, but it doesn’t feel like it there) and strike up a conversation about anything! I certainly wish this place was closer to my home! Milwaukee’s best-kept secret!

    • Buster Fayte says:

      I’m looking forward to heading over to Milwaukee to check out a rockabilly show. Hopefully they’ll have polka rockin’ on the other stage so I can get a 2fer! It sure sounds like a cool place. It’s a little too far away for me to just pop in any old time (I’m in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin on the other side of Madison), but not too far for me to grab the wife and head out on the occasional road trip! Maybe we’ll see you there Christina!

  2. Christina Zawadiwsky says:

    Hi Buster, Here’s the link to Kochanski’s calendar and site:

    http://www.beer-hall.com/calendar.htm

    Also there’s a Contact Us button so you can write to Andy and ask him for the best time!
    Christina

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