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LARRY OLSEN

Bandleader Larry Olsen owns seven Hengel concertinas and has lived in the Lake Benton (Minnesota) area his entire life; now living only 2 miles from the farm where he grew up. At age 11 Larry started playing concertina. Before forming his own band in 1982, (THE LARRY OLSEN SHOW), Larry played guitar with THE MARV NISSEL BAND. In 1984, Larry's dad, Arnold, joined Larry's band as drummer and Larry's sister, Lisa, played piano. Larry later added a guitar and horn player when Lisa left for college. When Larry isn't busy with his band, his 2,000 acre farming operation located just east of Lake Benton occupies most of his time. Larry's wife, Brenda, also keeps busy owning Perfect Styles in Marshall along with Larry's sister Lisa, and helping in the fall with the farming.

Every Memorial Day weekend, Larry and Brenda sponsor and host a four day ANNUAL MUSIC FEST at their farm with the aid of about thirty volunteers. The 2014 21st ANNUAL MUSIC FEST will be held over the Memorial Day Weekend; May 21, 22, 23, 24.
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AL DRAGE

Guitarist Al Drage played his first job in the summer of 1952 in Green Valley, Wisconsin and worked with several different bands at that time. In 1955, Al moved to New Ulm (Minnesota) and began playing for Fezz Fritsche. They played 300 jobs a year !! He also worked for Elmer Sheid, Babe Wagner, Al Pierson and Guy Deleo. Al spent twenty years with Maynard & Darlene Rucks and the King 70 Country Band. Al joined the Larry Olsen Band in about 2011.
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LARRY OLSEN BAND
1981 State Highway 14
Lake Benton, Minnesota
56149-4204

Telephone: (507) 368-9627

E-mail Address: l.bolsenfarms@gmail.com
RICHARD
ROEPKE

Trumpeter Richard Roepke started playing trumpet in 1974 and throughout his high school years. In 1982, Rich started playing with the Marv Nissel band but retired until returning to the 12TH ANNUAL MUSIC FEST in 2006. Since returning, he has been playing full time with the Larry Olsen Band and he prefers playing harmony parts with his trumpet and vocals. Rich lives in Arlington, Minnesota.
DALE
TOLK

Guitarist/trumpeter Dale Tolk started playing the trumpet in the 5th grade. He learned a lot of old time songs playing with his Dad, Don, who plays accordion. Dale played with The Marv Nissel Band for a few years and then in 1987, Dale joined THE LARRY OLSEN BAND playing trumpet, guitar and vocals. Dale retired in 1995 but returned to THE LARRY OLSEN BAND in 2005. Dale lives with his wife, Donna, in Brookings, South Dakota.
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Please CLICK On The "Thumbnail" Images To The Right and Also On The "Thumbnail"  Images Below To Get  A Larger Picture !!
New Addition Between The Main Ballroom and The Second Stage Shown Below Was Added In 2010 And Accomidates An Additional 200 People !!
Larry Has Quite An
Extensive Collection Of
JOHN DEERE
Tractors !!!!
Here's Anothe Picture Of Larry's
Tractors Taken From A Different
Angle
Larry & Karissa Going For A Tractor Ride
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OFFICIAL WEBPAGE
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LARRY OLSEN
BAND
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By Ordering Your Personal Copies Of Their CD's Listed Below !!!
"THE TRIBUTE"
(Formerly Volumes 1 & 2)
Songs Included:
I Love My Music
Echos In The Hills Waltz
Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
Miner's Polka
Crying My Heart Out Over You
Red Head Polka
He's A Heartache
Over Three Hills Waltz
I Wouldn't Change You If I Could Dance Hall Polka
South
Don't Squeeze My Charmin
There's Pretty Girls In Chicago Waltz
I'll Be All Smiles Tonight Waltz
Bobbie's Polka
I've Already Loved You In My Mind
Larry's Laendler
Alley Cat
Broken Dreams and Promises Waltz
Dance The Happy Polka
Christmas Toy Polka
Isabella Waltz
Heartache Hangover #9
Gary's Polka
Yankee Waltz
Cold, Cold Heart
Sweet Violets & Brides Waltz Medley
I'm Having Daydreams
VOLUME 3
Songs Included:
Minnesota Polka
You're My Best Friend
You Can't Be True Dear
New California Polka
He'll Have To Go
Cuckoo Waltz
You & Me
Rainbow Valley Polka
Elsie's Hoolerie Waltz
How Far Is Heaven
Saddle Horse Polka
Das Kufstein Lied Waltz
VOLUME 4
Songs Included:
Music Master Polka
(Bavarian Style)
Warren's Waltz
Have You Ever Beeen Lonely
(Country)
Guido Polka
Spanish Eyes
(Modern)
Before I Met You Walyz
Dog House Polka
Auntie's Waltz
Born To Lose
(Country)
Maryfka Moja Polka
(Polish)
Waltz Across Texas
Release Me
(Country)
Louisiana Saturday Night
VOLUME 5
Songs Included:
Going Back To My Homeland Waltz
Lee's Polka
Tiny Bubbles
Tell Me Whose Girl Are You Waltz
Champagne Polka
Dutch Festival Waltz
Polka Joy Polka
From A Jack To A King
Be Mine Polka
Walking The Floor Over You
Dutchmen's Waltz
Jambalaya
VOLUME 6
Songs Included:
Please Believe Me Waltz
Polka #5
The Key's In The Mailbox
(Modern)
Lover's Waltz
Johan Da Snippen Schottische
Putzig Polka
Schneider Polka
Heartaches By The Number
(Modern)
Yankee's Waltz
Sweet Bippy Polka
Green, Green Grass of Home
(Modern)
Die Hausworst Polka
VOLUME 7
Songs Included:
LeRoy's Tune Polka
Lakeside Waltz
(Larry Olsen Band Theme Song)
Cottenfields
(Modern)
North, South, East, West Polka
Chicago Waltz
Achy Breaky Hedart
(Country)
As The World Keeps On Turning
(Modern)
Luka's Polka
Drink Your Troubles Away Waltz
Gary's Polka
Old Timer's Schottische
VOLUME 8
Songs Included:
Polka Celebration
Such A Day
Waltz Across Texas
El Rio Drive
Mariechen Waltz
You Are My Sunshine
Lacey's Polka
PaPa The Old Accordian Man
Amigo
Flutophone Polka
Overshoe Landler
Tony's Polka
God Bless America
VOLUME 9
Songs Included:
Wedding Ring Waltz
Naughty Girl Polka
Crystal Chandlier
Ping Pong Polka
Blossom Waltz
Peanuts Polka
Drinking Champagne
On Your Toes Polka
Two Roses Waltz
San Antonio Rose
Let's Chase Each Other Around
Blue Heaven
Before The Last Teardrop Falls
I Get So Lonely Waltz
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LARRY OLSEN BAND
For Your Next Special Event Or Celebration !!
LARRY OLSEN BAND
1981 State Highway 14
Lake Benton, Minnesota
56149-4204
Telephone: (507) 368-9627

E-mail Address: l.bolsenfarms@gmail.com
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OLSEN
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LARRY OLSEN BAND
1981 U.S. Highway 14
Lake Benton, Minnesota
56149
(507) 368-9627
E-mail Address: l.bolsenfarms@gmail.com
VOLUME 10
Songs Included:
Prosit
Aber Dich
Howard's Polka
Pick Me Up On Your Way Down
Gardenville Waltz
Leonard's Polka
Kleine Kinder
Granny's Waltz
Seaman
Patrona Baverae
Susie Polka
Sag Dankeschon
Help Me Make It Through The Night
Morning Glow Waltz
Lapland Polka
Accordian Waltz
Tulsa Time
VOLUME 11
Songs Included:
What Do We Do In Minnesota Polka
Hangover Waltz
Kiss An Angel Good Morning
Wings Of A Dove
Beer Barrel Polka
Darktown Strutter's Ball
Roman's Waltz
Martha Polka
Momma Don't Let Your Babies
Grow Up To Be Cowboys
Lillies In The Moonlight
Barnyard Polka
Silver Wings
Starlight Waltz
White Sport Coat; Pink Carnation
Helena Polka
Detroit City
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LARRY OLSEN
INDUCTED INTO THE
LEGENDS OF DAKOTA COUNTRY MUSIC HALL
OF FAME !!
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REMEMBER:

The
24TH
ANNUAL
MUSIC
FEST

Will Be Held
On The

2018
MEMORIAL
DAY
WEEKEND

Beginning
THURSDAY
MAY 24th 3:00PM
and
Continuing
Through
SUNDAY
MAY 27th

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In The
Upper
Midwest !!
Featuring....

The
LARRY
OLSEN

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TOP NOTCHMEN
BAND

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Dale Tolk
Richard Roepke
Al Drage
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JUNE  EVENTS

June 2nd
Hankinson, North Dakota
11:00AM - 1:00PM &
3:00PM - 5:00PM

June 3rd
Hankinson, North Dakota
1:00PM - 3:00PM &
7:00PM - 9:00PM

JULY EVENTS

July 1st
Ashley, North Dakota
12:00 - 3:00PM

July 2nd
Polka Service
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
Bird Island, Minnesota
10:00AM
and then
Island Ballroom
Bird Island, Minnesota
12:00 - 1:00PM &
3:00PM - 6:00PM

July 9th
Gary & Joyce DeClerk 35th Anniversary &
Joyce's 70th Birthday
Royal River Casino
Flandreau, South Dakota
1:00PM - 5:00PM

July 13th
Yellow Medicine County Fair
Canby, Minnesota
5:00PM

July 16th
Bavarian Blast
New Ulm, Minnesoya
11:00AM - 12:30PM
3:30PM - 5:00PM

July 29th
Lincoln County Fair
Tyler, Minnesota
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July 30th
Chuck Oellien 80th Birthday
American Legion Hall
Gary, South Dakota
1:00PM - 5:00PM

AUGUST EVENTS

August 3rd
Pipestone County Fair
Pipestone, Minnesota
5:00PM - 7:00PM

August 18th
125th Celebration
Woodstock, Minnesota
7:00PM - 11:00PM

August 19th
125th Celebration
Echo, Minnesota
4:00PM - 7:00PM

August 26th
Prairie Village
Madison, South Dakota
7:30PM

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

September 8th
Palmer Gulch KOA
Hill City, South Dakota
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September 9th
Palmer Gulch KOA
Hill City, South Dakota
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September 24th
POLKA FEST
Pla-Mor Ballroom
Glencoe, Minnesota
12NOON - 8:00PM

September 30
V.F.W.
Madison, Minnesoy
Pipestone County Fat
2:00PM - 6:00PM

OCTOBER EVENTS

October 20th
OKTOBER FEST
Cathedral of St. Joseph
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
7:30PM - 8:00PM
9:00PM - 9:30PM

October 28th
V.F.W.
Madison, Minnesota
2:00PM - 6:00PM

October 29th
Caboose Bar
Tracy, Minnesota
1:00PM - 5:00PM

24TH ANNUAL
MUSIC FEST
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Thursday, Friday,
Saturday, Sunday
May 24, 25, 26 & 27
2018
Please Scroll Down To See A Complete
Listing Of Our Band's CD's That Are
Available For Your Listening Enjoyment !!
LARRY OLSEN
INDUCTED INTO THE
LEGENDS OF DAKOTA COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME !!
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I was born in the Tyler, MN hospital on May 8th, 1964 which also was Mothers Day that year.  My parents are Arnold & Lorraine Olsen who have both passed away.

My Dad, Arnold, had musical background with drums, accordian and concertina.  My parents took us along to dances and I took a liking to it at a young age. 

At age 8 I Took a few lessons from my brother in law Marv Nissel but didn't really like it.  Then one day I came home from school and wanted to try it again. 

At that time I was 11.  So I did and here I am today, still playing.  I played my first job in Pipestone for a wine judging contest at 13.  I still can remember my Mom taking me and I got paid $5.00 for one hour. 

At age 15 I started playing Bass Guitar and played that for several years with the Marv Nissel Band and also played some concertina.  I was on 3 of there recordings. I was always thinking of having my own Band and put it together in 1981. 

We have played for weddings,anniversary's, Polka Fests, fairs , Caribbean and Alaska cruises and even a prom.  I have played in 18 states and received many awards.  I am a member of the MN Music Hall of Fame & the MN Ballroom Association.  I have made 12 recordings with my band.

Over the years I have made many friends and met many musicians. 

I, and my wife, Brenda host the Music Fest at our farm at Lake Benton, MN on Memorial Day Weekend for the past 23 years.

When I'm not busy with my band I farm.  I also enjoy riding my motorcycle, camping with family and friends and collecting antique tractors.

For Bookings Please Contact
LARRY OLSEN BAND
1981 State Highway 14
Lake Benton, Minnesota
56149-4204

Telephone: (507) 368-9627

E-mail Address: l.bolsenfarms@gmail.com

24th ANNUAL MUSIC FEST
Larry Olsen Farm
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
May 24-25-26-27, 2018
More Information Will Become Available Soon
The
LARRY OLSEN BAND
Is Pleased To Announce The Release Of Their
NEW RECORDING
VOLUME #12
Let The Cowboy Dance
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