Oktoberfest is about a week away now and we are planning a great event filled with lots of new entertainment! We of course will have the German-American Brass Band of Southern California. The German-American Brass Band is Southern California’s premier German brass band. It is modeled after an authentic German blaskapelle (the type of brass band that you’d find in the villages and towns of Germany, Austria and throughout central Europe – and of course at the Oktoberfest!). The band performs traditional and contemporary festival and dance music. They will perform at Oktoberfest from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on our Main Stage.
The D’Oberlander Dancers, the people from the highlands, will perform on three different stages. They are a social dance organization from Southern California that strives to preserve and perpetuate the customs, traditions, language, costumes, music and dances of Bavaria.
One of the most exciting additions to our Oktoberfest entertainment is the students from Franklin Magnet School in lower Glendale. Franklin Magnet School is an extremely unique and special school that offers four different dual language programs (French, German, Italian, and Spanish). There is no other school like it on the entire west coast! Students from grades K thru six will be singing for us in German! How cute is that? You definitely don’t want to miss this!
We will once again have four stages providing a variety of entertainment as well as our best dressed dog contest, Mr. and Mrs. Oktoberfest contest, Li’l Miss and Master contest and our stein-holding contest. The main stage will host kids performing from the local businesses in the area. RDC, Helen’s Dance Studio, Masters Tae Kwon Do, Fun and Fit Gymnastics will be performing on the Main Oktoberfest Stage starting at noon sharp. On our Market Street stage we will once again have Eli Locke, Po’Dunk Poets and a new band called Horny Toad that fuses several different styles of music and brings an eclectic mix of different genres of music with a steady bass that blends together different influences the band members share.
Headlining the Market Street stage is a Montrose favorite, FM Radio which plays “Every Style from Every Dial!” The Wickham Stage will be featuring our German Kids from Franklin and local resident Chris Santillo’s band Flights Over Phoenix that is an alternative pop/rock band. Things will really heat up at 5:30 p.m. on this stage when we present Past Action Heroes who call themselves “The Most Outrageous ’80s Cover Band.” They dress up like ’80s heroes and play all of your absolute favorite ’80s songs. If you loved the ’80’s, you will not want to miss this band. The final band of the evening is a popular band that debuted at Oktoberfest last year called Bobby Stevens and the Gypsy Boys. They play an irresistible blend of traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and Latin rhythms. They are not to be missed.
On our Wells Fargo Stage in the kids area that will now be located out of the parking lot and onto Las Palmas Avenue, we will feature a variety of bands playing music our kids are listening to. A new addition to the stage is a band from CV Church. They are a bunch of young talented kids that will impress you like you won’t believe! They will be playing many of the top 40 hits that are on the radio now (and just as well as the originals) and will also be playing some German music. Now that is a must see! Please be sure to stop by and see them!
Finishing out the night will be an Oktoberfest regular, Northern Strangers. They are a four-piece psychedelic folk rock band that plays covers of The Doors, Talking Heads, David Bowie, The Beatles and Neil Young. The members’ varied musical backgrounds (ranging from classical to jazz to reggae to folk) provide a distinct flavor. They will also be adding in some folk music just for our Oktoberfest. For a list of our entire schedule please log onto montroseoktoberfest.com.
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