Robi Polgar: Musician, Writer, Director, Unrepentant Soccer Junkie; Austin, TX

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Life During Lockdown (Goes On), Now with More (Live) Music

Hello. I hope you and the ones you love are faring well during these trying times — more trying than usual, anyway. This is no “new normal” as anyone paying attention will have noticed starting around, let’s say, November of 2016 (May of 1979?). This is the latest, possibly toughest test of our ability to rally to each other, support each other, respect and — yes, I dare utter it — love one another.

I am certain we have it in us to get through all of our current challenges, and come out the other side a better, more empathetic world. There is such a thing as society, and we are smack dab in the middle of needing (demanding) a functioning, loving one — more than ever.

Among the things we need are the storytellers and artists and musicians and their (our) ilk to patch the holes rendered by this time of forced apartness.

For my part, I’m writing new things — stories and songs, mostly — and if you sign up for my mailing list, you’ll get advance warning and sneak early peeks at what irons I have in my various fires. If nothing else, perhaps it will serve as a brief diversion in your routine.

Since the quarantine began, I’ve been live-streaming a weekly concert from the confines of my study. Please join me every Friday evening at 6pm CDT on Twitch (when I’m not out playing live somewhere in town) for an hour of originals, covers and the happiest chat room online.

If you have a request from my song menu, text or tweet me via the link in the menu, or email, and let's see just how much damage I can do to your favorite tune!

Stay safe, take care of each other, and I will see you on Friday.

Love, Robi

👉 Click here to watch and listen to my live-stream (Fridays, 6pm CDT)

Robi Polgar, live-streaming music from Austin, TX

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Hi, I’m Robi (What Is Art?)

I’m a musician, writer, director and unrepentant football (soccer!) junkie, living and creating in Austin, Texas.

I believe in the power of art as a force for good, and am compelled to share what I make with others. Sometimes my projects are tightly conceived and structured events; other times they’re unscripted, rocking and rolling live performances. Often they end up being a little of both!

Art knits communities together. In these challenging times, artists — through our stories, songs and imaginations — will light the way, in defiance of those who seek to divide us.

Good art draws you in and encourages you to open yourself to the new, the different, the unexpected. The best art leaves you exhilarated, buoyed by the feeling that anything is possible. Sometimes it’s a little dangerous, occasionally a bit of a slog, but most of all art should be fun — for artist and audience alike.

So write a song and sing it for your friends. Put on a play and perform it for strangers in dark halls or on the street. Cook dinner and invite your neighbors to the feast. Whatever it is, get together and share the experience.

Maybe one day soon I’ll see you at something I’ve made. Here is a smattering of some of the things I’ve been up to.


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Be among the first to know about new projects I’m cooking up, and maybe even try some samples before I serve them to the greater public! I promise not to inundate you with mountains of missives — usually I am capable of churning out a single, monthly (approx.) email...

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News — (Latest) Project(s)

At any given moment, I’m in the middle of a handful of projects — performing or recording songs new or old, hacking away at something literary or staging a bit of theatre. Often I’m juggling all of these at the same time.

Major projects seem to appear every couple of years. Below, you can read about my most recent artistic escapades, with links to deeper dives describing the where, why and how of a project, who I’ve collaborated with and how it all went down.

To get updates of new works in the making or recently released, please sign up on my (infrequent) mailing list and be first to know what I’ve been up to.

Slick's Adventures in Lightbulb Land, by Robi Polgar Death Is a Laff Riot, a Paul Stark football noir by Robi Polgar The Road to Wigan Pier Revisited 1/26/19

Slick’s Adventures in Lightbulb Land

Death Is a Laff Riot:
A Paul Stark
football noir

Return to Wigan Pier:
A Right Ol’ Knees-Up

Thug Nation:
Songs from the Resistance

A whip-smart, smartass advertising creative with an uncontrollable imagination embarks on a series of hilarious misadventures that strain his relationships with friends and lovers, ultimately forcing him to confront an existential question.

...about Lightbulb Land

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American goalkeeper Paul Stark joins a historically, hilariously inept Yorkshire football team and must solve his predecessor’s brutal murder to save the club
— and himself in this football noir, the first in a series of soccer murder-mystery novels.

...about the Laff Riots

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On the 15th anniversary of The Road to Wigan Pier: A (Socialist) Tea-Time Travelogue & Historical Musical Revue, a one-night-only knees-up was in order. Songs, scenes, the raffle, a tea lady — that film — dredged up from the dark, carbonous depths.

👉 VISIT Wigan Pier

Protest songs in the key of resist, plus a couple of love ballads, because you gotta take the crunchy with the...uh...crunchier. Give the thing a listen before that aging, racist vengeance-fueled carrot-topped twitter-grifter throws the lot of us in the slammer!

...and learn more about
the [ samizdat ] project

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