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HICKORY OKTOBERFEST 2015

 

Hickory’s Oktoberfest Celebrates 30 Years

Of Crafts, Food And Entertainment! Oct. 9, 10 & 11

 

Letter From The Chairman

It’s time to slip into your lederhosen, break out the beer and brats and get ready to polka! Hickory’s 30th annual Oktoberfest will take place in downtown Hickory on October 9th, 10th, and 11th. So strike up the oompah music, toast friendship, good times, and enjoy Hickory’s Oktoberfest! Recognized as the #10 Oktoberfest celebration in the country by www.funtober.com!!!

Oktoberfest will be celebrating 30 years in downtown Hickory! This year will be bigger and better than ever.  We have a fabulous entertainment line-up, with four stages of live music starting with the Foothills Oompah Band and Too Much Sylvia on Friday night, kicking off Saturday’s main stage line-up is Project X, followed by Mac Arnold & Plate Full of Blues, and closing with the Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band. The entertainment ends on Sunday with a performance of contemporary Christian music by Praise Teams from across the South.

Saturday morning work up an appetite by participating in the 11th Annual Oktoberfest Footrace, produced by Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists. This event continues to grow every year and we anticipate 250 runners will run the 5k this year! Proceeds from the Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists’ Oktoberfest Footrace will be split equally between the four Hospices in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties.

Oktoberfest will showcase over 75 fine-juried craft vendors selling handmade and unique items ranging from copper yard art to fine art such as photography, landscapes, sculpture and finely crafted silver jewelry. There will be wood working and pottery demonstrations under the Sails. Our non-profit area will feature free blood pressure checks and highlight local political candidates.
We have expanded our Kidsfest area to include inflatables, rides, and the return of the Crawdads!  Be sure to stop by the Kidsfest stage for performances by area dance groups, gymnastic teams, and martial arts groups. 

The Pepsi Food Court will get your mouth watering with all the wonderful aromas and promise of savory treats! Ethnic foods. Unique favorites. Homemade specialties.

Hickory’s Oktoberfest would not be possible without the support of our community sponsors and volunteers.  At this time I would like to thank our community sponsors: Republic Services, Sheetz, Carolina West Wireless, Party City, Bark Mobile, United Beverages of North Carolina, Pepsi, Charter Spectrum,  WHKY, Big Dawg 92.1, Focus Newspaper, L&N Productions, Hickory Music Factory, 91.7 WSGE, The City of Hickory, Timberwoods Restaurant, the Hickory Jaycees, and The Hickory Downtown Development Association. Oktoberfest sponsors donate their time and money to cover all festival expenses to provide a free event for our community. 

I would also like to recognize our festival volunteers: Tony Eltora, Casey Clark, Bill Bost, Leslie Srail,  Diava McCandless, Shirley Mullarky, Beth Huggins, Phil Scarboro, Steve Snyder, Sandi Wike, Barbara Sinclair and Connie Kincaid. 

For more information please visit our website at www.hickoryoktoberfest.com!

There is something for everyone! Don’t miss the festivities our community has to offer. Come join us at Oktoberfest!

~ Tracy Nestor, Event Director, Hickory’s Oktoberfest 2015

 

Oktoberfest 2015 Entertainment

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9TH

Main Stage

6:30 - 8:30 pm - Carolina Soul Band

9:00 - 10:45 pm - Too Much Sylvia

Pavilion Stage

6:00 - 8:00 pm - Foothills Oompah Band

8:30 - 10:00 pm - Selwyn Birchwood Band

Hickory Music Factory Stage

7:00 - 7:30 pm - Nacirema

8:00 - 8:30 pm - Carving the Architect

9:00 - 9:45 pm - Shiva's Destruction

Singer Songwriter Stage

6:15 pm - 7:15 pm - Tony Eltora

7:45 pm - 8:45 pm - Pearl and Stone

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10TH

Main Stage

2:00 - 4:00 pm - Project X

4:30 - 6:30 pm - Mac Arnold & Plate Full of Blues

7:00 - 8:30 pm - JJL Band

9:00 - 10:45 pm - Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band

Pavilion Stage

11:00 - 2:00 pm - Foothills Oompah Band

2:30 - 4:00 pm - The Message

4:30 - 6:00 pm - Pan Jive Steel Drum Band

6:30 - 8:00 pm - Tony Eltora Trio

8:30 - 10:00 pm - The Jarvis Jenkins Band

Hickory Music Factory Stage

10:30 am - 12:00 pm - P3 - Piedmont Percussion Ensemble

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm - Steel Groovin’ & Pandemic

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm - Circadium

3:30 - 5:30 pm - Hickory Parks & Rec Music Showcase

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm - Brock Pate

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm - Pandora's Vox

8:00 - 8:30 pm - Clockwork Heart

9:00 - 10:30 pm - Moon Unit

Singer Songwriter Stage

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm - Thomas Aaron Garlow

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm - Kendra Blethen 

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm - Casey Clark

4:45 pm - 5:45 pm - J. Patrick Warren  

6:15 pm - 7:15 pm - Don Nivens

7:45 pm - 8:45 pm - David Childers

Kidfest Stage

12:00 pm - Foothills Gymnastics

1:00 pm - Clater Kaye Theaterworks

2:00 pm - Sims Country Cloggers

3:00 pm - Suzuki School of Music

4:00 pm - Hits 4 Fit Zumba

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11TH

Main Stage

1:30 - 5:00 pm - Praise Teams from across the South:

The Dynamic Sounds of Devotion • Kimberly Mitchell & Restored

Catawba County Mass Choir • SV • Chosen

Pavilion Stage

12:30 - 2:00 pm - Hickory Jazz Orchestra

2:30 - 5:00 pm - Foothills Oompah Band

Singer Songwriter Stage

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm - Doug Thompson

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm - Krystal Heffinger

 

Oktoberfest Entertainment - Main Stage

Friday, October 9

7:00 - 8:30 pm Carolina Soul Band Carolina Soul Band performs the sweet soul sounds of such legendary groups as The Drifters, The Coasters, The Four Tops, The O'Jays, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and many, many more.

The Carolina Soul Band takes you on an exciting journey through the musical history of Motown, Beach, and Soul Music! You'll be clapping, dancing, and singing along with all your favorite songs of the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.

9:00 - 10:45 pm Too Much Sylvia TOO MUCH SYLVIA has the desire and ability to please and play something that everyone will enjoy. Their fun, contagious personalities will touch all. Whether it’s a low key dinner setting, an energetic party, a festival with all ages attending, the band easily adapts.  By not working from a “set list”, 2MS has the ability to “feel the mood,” pace the song selection and provoke audience interaction to reach a peak at the right moment. 

 

 

Saturday, October 11

2:00 - 4:00 pm - Project X The sounds of Project X Band are as eclectic as its band members. Carey Upton originals set us apart, but our rendition of covers from Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Journey, The Rolling Stones, Pat Benatar, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Grace Potter, Boston, Matchbox 20, Mother's Finest, Pretenders, ZZ Top, Fleetwood Mac, Sublime, Collective Soul, The Eagles among many more.

 

 

4:30 - 6:30 pm - Mac Arnnold & Plate Full of Blues

Mac Arnold’s first band included James Brown on piano. Mac moved to Chicago and Muddy Waters hired him on the spot. He toured and recorded with the Muddy Waters Band and recorded LPs with Otis Spann and John Lee Hooker. Mac moved to Los Angeles and produced Soul Train with his friend Don Cornelius.

He even played bass on the Sanford & Son television show when he wasn't playing bass for Otis Redding and B.B. King. He retired from show business to be an organic farmer. Mac is back with his own band and a "plate full" of CDs, building a new foundation in blues, soul and funk.

 

7:00 - 8:30 pm - JJL BandThe JJL band is a high energy power trio from the Hickory area. The band is made up of three longtime friends, Jamie Trollinger, June Annas, and Larry Gragg.

Formed over five years ago, The JJL Band have combined their musical abilities to cover classic rock, smoking blues, and their own original material.

 

 

9:00 - 10:45 pm - Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band The band, which formed in the college town of Boone, North Carolina, in 2002, has shared stages with the likes of Parliament Funkadelic, Galactic, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Maceo Parker and Bootsy Collins.

They’re in high demand on the festival circuit, putting in appearances at Wakarusa, Bear Creek, Jam Cruise, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, Aura Fest, Floyd Fest, DeLuna Festival, Jazz Aspen, Center of the Universe Festival, Purple Hatters Ball, Camp Barefoot and Trinumeral, among others. 

True musical road warriors, their live show is an absolute must see! A musical experience rather than simply a band, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band is all facets of funk wrapped into one deliciously deviant package.

 

Sunday, October 11

Contemporary Christian Music. Sponsored by In His Service Productions, LLC.

1:00 - 5:00 pm - Praise Teams From Across the South includes:

 


The Dynamic Sounds of Devotion
Under the leadership of Dr. R.L. Mungro, and Evang. Peggy Geter have found out through team work and excellence, they've created a winning Team. The group deliver's a nostalgic sound of high energy, bridging the gap between contemporary and traditional gospel as well. Devotion has performed before Debbie Allen, Dan Ackroyd, as well as performed with Yolanda Adams, Hezekiah Walker, the Cantons, no need to say more.

Devotion has become the most watched group in the Carolina's as well as beginning to surface more and more in the national arena after a spellbound performance on Bobby Jones Gospel. The group is strongly committed to their religious beliefs to inspire, to educate and to empower all walks of life to the way of Christ.


 
Kimberly Mitchell & Restored Kimberly Mitchell has received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Winston-Salem State University.  Her concentration being that of vocal performance and minor in piano.  Kimberly is currently pursuing her Master’s in Education at Jones International University.

 Kimberly has been teaching piano and voice training for the past eight years. In May 2014 Kimberly and Restored was established and charged to Restore the Lost, Restore the tired souls, Restore God’s people unto him and above all Praise and Honor our Lord. With this purpose in mind, a sound like never before has come forth with songs like “Restored” and “The Outpouring”.  Even more is coming forth from this great woman of God as she writes the vision and makes it plain.

Catawba County Mass Choir Catawba County Mass Choir reorganized May 2015, spreading the gospel through our songs and praise to God. Our motto is there is no big I or little you. God is in control. Not about us but about him. We realize that so much is going on these days. So we tell the devil this means war. Why? Because we know the blood still works. 

 

 

SV is a duo group in the Carolina's. Latisha Reid & Stacey Smith are a power pack team with explosive vocals. This duo is no stranger to the big stage. They’re becoming one of the most watchfed groups in the Carolina's. Their motto is "to be strong and of good courage.” 

 

 

 

 

Chosen has been traveling all over the eastern United States to sing and minister to people from all walks of life. This group has been blessed to be a featured guest on the Bobby Jones Show, on the BET Network, and the Word Network. Our primary goal is to sing the gospel to those in need. We want our listeners to know that we live what we sing about. We will sing the Gospel from a biblical perspective and let you know that God loves you unconditionally, and so do we.

 

 

Pavilion Stage

 

 

Friday, October 9

6:00 - 8:00 pm Foothills Oompah Band The Foot Hills Oompah Band creates the mood of A Bavarian autumnal festival to Hickory. The first festival began when Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese on Oct 12, 1810.

Our performance is modeled after a traditional German autumnal Festival. The Pavilion stage feels like home to our group. www.foothillsoompahband.com 

 

 

 

 

 

8:30 - 10:00 pm -Selwyn Birchwood Band Selwyn Birchwood, Florida’s rising young blues fireball, is a guitar and lap-steel-playing bundle of pure energy.

He delivers his original songs with a revival tent preacher’s fervor and a natural storyteller’s charisma made all the more impactful by his raw, unvarnished vocals.

Birchwood plays high-octane blues – at once deeply rooted, funky and up-to-the-minute – with true passion and honest emotion. With his band feeding off his drive and exuberance, the striking 6’3” 29-year-old with his trademark Afro roams the stage, often barefoot, ripping out memorable guitar licks with ease. www.intrepidartists.com/artists/selwyn_birchwood

Saturday, October 10

12:00 - 2:00 pm Foothills Oompah Band

2:30 - 4:00 pm - The Message The Message was formed in January 2013 by Kevin Plant and Marty White.  Kevin Plant, guitarist, implements smooth jazz leads, and colorful, creative licks, while Marty White, drummer, provides a steady and tasteful backbone of beats.

They both have experience in, and a love for jazz and soul, as well as an appreciation for jam bands. A few months later, in the Spring of 2013, Brantley Ramseur joined the band and immediately began injecting his intricate and funky bass lines. They quickly gained respect from the community as being a crisp and tight jazz, "with a twist of jam" band. With a desire to infuse some warm saxophone into their sound, they added in Brian Hirsch.

4:30 - 6:00 pm Pan Jive Steel Drum Band Pan Jive has been in existence since 1998. Known originally as a community program, the group has evolved into a professional, working ensemble based out of Hickory, NC. Pan Jive is a high-energy steel drum band, offering the sounds of the Caribbean islands as well as many popular and original compositions.

The group has performed all over NC and surrounding states and recently released their premiere CD, "Party In Our Pans!"www.panjive.org

6:30 - 8:00 pm - Tony Eltora Trio Raised in Richmond VA, Tony Eltora grew up playing and performing at the age of twelve. Drawing from his vast love of all styles of music, Tony Eltora’s sound is a mix of blues and soul.

Tony moved to Hickory, NC, in 1998 where he continued to teach private guitar instruction and performing in many local and regional bands. He has shared the stage with many national and regional musicians including, Tim Reynolds, Sam Bush, Keller Williams, George Porter Jr., Oteil Burbridge, and Acoustic Syndicate, to name a few.

Because of his love of teaching kids, Tony helped found the Hickory Music Factory in 2012, a nonprofit organization in Hickory, NC, with the mission to build futures through music by teaching, performance and community outreach. For more information visit: www.reverbnation.com/tonyeltora

 

8:30 - 10:00 pm - The Jarvis Jenkins Band Fans of southern blues and rock will appreciate the Jarvis Jenkins Band.

Heavily influenced by the Allman Brothers and other southern rock, the band mixes classic jams with their own originals to present a southern blues, jam heavy concert experience. 

 

Sunday, October 11

12:30 - 2:00 pm Hickory Jazz Orchestra The Hickory Jazz Orchestra (HJO) is a full size 18-piece group that performs swing and big band classics from the era of Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Duke Ellington as well as the sounds of modern big bands. www.hickoryjazzorchestra.com

 

 

 

 

2:30 - 5:00 pm Foothills Oompah Band www.foothillsoompahband.com 

Teen Stage

Friday, October 10

7:00 - 7:30 pm - Nacirema Nacirema is an Indie/Alt/Folk Band from Hickory.

Band members include Zane Reed on Guitar and Vocals, and Zack Edwards on percussion. 

 

 

 

8:00 - 8:30 pm - Carving the Architect Carving the Architect is a progressive death metal band hailing from Morganton, NC.

They formed in October of 2014 and have played various shows in Charlotte, Granite Falls, and High Point ever since. Their goal is to create unique music that can be recognized and appreciated for its creativity.

 

 

9:00 - 9:45 pm - Shiva’s Destruction A straight Heavy Metal 4-piece hailing from Granite Falls, NC. Shiva's Destruction enjoys writing heavy, in your face riffs with the occasional touch of melodic sounds.

They have a dedicated love for their local scene, as they are actively trying to broaden it by hosting shows, and getting along with all fellow bands throughout the state.

With the 2014 release of their debut EP, “Treachery,” and more recent release of their newest single, “'Salinity,” they've been growing as musicians, people, and band members since their first night on the scene in January, 2014. They are influenced by bands like Pantera, Slipknot, Clutch, and Kublai Khan.

Saturday, October 10

10:30 - 12:00 noon P3 Percussion Ensemble The Piedmont Percussion Program was founded by and is under the direction of Rick Cline.  P3 is a nationally recognized community percussion program with over 60 kids ages 5 to18 from the surrounding area. 

Participants get the chance to learn and perform on a wide variety of percussion instruments from timpani, snare, mallets, drum set, African drums and so much more. Rehearsals are one hour on Sundays for 13wks at the SALT block.  For more information please visit www.px-3.org or text 828-320-2959. 

 

12:30 - 2:00 pm Steel Groovin’ & Pandemic Steel Steel Groovin and Pandemic Community Steel drums bands exist to provide playing and performance opportunities on steel drums and are a part of the Piedmont Percussion Program. 

The adult group Steel Groovin, and the teen group Pandemic, both play traditional Caribbean tunes as well as modern arrangements of pop tunes under the direction of Rick Cline.  www.px-3.org

 

2:30 - 3:00 pm -Circadium The band Circadium is made up of frontman and guitarist Bennett Kinder, lead guitarist Zach Giordano, bassist Jack Kinder, and drummer Jacob Kuhn.

Hailing from Hickory and Winston Salem, NC, their musical influences include John Frusciante, Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eric Clapton, Circa Survive, and Jimi Hendrix.

 

3:30 - 5:30 pm - Hickory Parks & Rec Music Showcase Music showcase presented by Hickory Parks & Recreation. Each participant will have 15 minutes to perform on the HMF Stage.

6:00 - 6:30 pm - Brock Pate Brock Pate is a 15 year-old singer/songwriter from Conover, NC. With a musical background in classical violin, Pate picked up a guitar at 13, and through the guidance of the Hickory Music Factory, began performing regularly at Hickory's open mic night at Copperbean Coffee.

These days, he can also be found performing at various venues throughout the city. Playing songs of diverse genres in a stripped down, acoustic setting.

 

 

7:00 - 7:30 pm - Pandora’s Vox Pandora’s Vox is a five person Pop-Grunge band from Hickory, NC. Their lineup includes Devon Lasley on vocals and guitar, Camryn Wilson on vocals, Ian Frye on guitar, Ty Lewis on bass, and Katherine Reese on drums and vocals.

Some of their major influences are: Three Days Grace, Metalica, The Eagles, Fall Out Boy, and Katy Perry. They play a mix of originals and covers and formed at this past years HMF Rock Camp.

 

8:00 - 8:30 pm - Clockwork Heart Clockwork Heart is a five piece band from Hickory that features many different sounds and an attention grabbing live show that will not disappoint.

All five members of the band are students from the local Hickory Music Factory. Clockwork Heart’s live show contains a variety of genres such as hard rock, punk rock, heavy metal, and influences from ‘80s glam rock as well as ‘90s grunge and even the pop/rock music of now. 

 

 

9:00 - 10:30 pm - Moon Unit A trio made up of Charlie Garnett, Brantley Ramseur, and Kurt Stracener who plays a variety of genres such as, Jazz, Funk, Fusion and Rock.

Influences come from Snarky Puppy, Umphrey's Mcgee, The Weather Report, and many others.

Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLRfOanK7Bk

 

 

Singer Songwriter Stage

Friday, October 9

6:15 - 7:15 pm - Tony Eltora Tony Eltora has shared the stage with many national and regional musicians including, Tim Reynolds, Sam Bush, Keller Williams, George Porter Jr., Oteil Burbridge, and Acoustic Syndicate, to name a few.

For more information visit: www.reverbnation.com/tonyeltora

 

 

 

7:45 - 8:45 pm - Pearl and Stone Pearl & Stone is a duet that consists of Lindsay Gurley and Cory Goble, a couple from Hickory, NC.

Their music is a mix of folk, Americana, blues, and country. Lindsay and Cory met through music and have recently decided to take their musical taste, and combine the two.

 

 

Saturday, October 10

12:15 - 1:15 pm - Thomas Aaron Garlow

With decades of experience performing solo, in groups, and working as backup and lead for many other performers, Thomas has fine-tuned his performance skills.

He has also done session work in Nashville, DC and New York. He plays several instruments, but has a special love for the acoustic guitar. He sings and plays an extensive repertoire of songs, both original and by other artists. Thomas is also well known for his storytelling. www.thomasaarongarlow.com

 

1:45 - 2:45 pm - Kendra Blethen 

Kendra Blethen, Singer-Songwriter, began writing poetry at the age of eight. When she turned twenty, she bought her first guitar and wanted to express her deepest emotions through the creation of music and began to turn those poems into songs.

She is a lover and listener of all kinds of music, but has a special affinity and respect for folk music and the story it tells, and the feelings it evokes. Just recently, Kendra had a live radio interview and was featured in the Independent Artist Spotlight on 91.7 WSGE out of Gaston College.  For more information: www.facebook.com/kendrablethen, www.reverbnation.com/kendrablethen 

 

 

3:15 - 4:15 pm - Casey Clark “Honesty always attracts a crowd,” and it has proven to be a potent tool for Casey Clark as he crafts songs that describe what “just happened to you” 5 minutes ago.

A firm believer in the power of a well-crafted song, his music strips it down to the basics. Warm acoustic guitars, foot stomping rhythm, and a crystal clear voice, make for an Alternative Country sound that will pull you right in!

 

 

4:45 - 5:45 pm - J. Patrick Warren J. Patrick's style of music is Alternative Country. Alternative means something different and country means something simple. Nothing fancy, nothing overdone. "My songs & music come from the heart with passion and soul.

Honest stories of life, death, faith, and love weaved with introspective, sometimes goofy thoughts. Songs that I hope will evoke a laugh, a tear, or maybe a smile."-J.Patrick.

J. Patrick resides in Hickory, NC and hosts the Songwriters Night at McGuires Pub on the 1st and 3rd Thursday’s of the month.

 

6:15 - 7:15 pm - Don Nivens Don Nivens is a singer/songwriter from the upstate of SC. He recently released an LP of all original songs called, “The Dog, The Cat, & The Mirror.”

He has been playing music for 39 years and writing for most of those years. Last year his song, Septembers Gone was added to 60,000 Juke boxes across the nation. He is currently receiving airplay on over 6000 radio stations, both fm and internet, in the US and Europe.

His songs reflect a lot of life’s experiences, but often also reflect a lighter side with humor. His music is available for purchase on all of the digital media outlets as well as his website at www.Donnivens.com.

7:45 - 8:45 pm - David Childers Throughout his 20-year career as a singer, songwriter and bandleader, Childers has written about the tension between secular and religious impulses.

His albums have always included songs of wild hedonism and uplifting faith but, as his new album, “Serpents of Reformation,” evolved, he found himself drawn to themes of salvation and repentance.

“I wrote a few new gospel-type songs and the music took on a life of its own. The songs all look at the forgiveness that’s at the heart of Christian philosophy.” www.herfitzpr.com/hpr.com/David_Childers_Home_Page.html

 

Sunday, October 11

1:15 - 2:15 pm - Doug Thompson A singer/songwriter, influenced by Bob Dylan, John Prine, Jerry Jeff Walker and many others, Thompson's upper midwestern roots, along with time spent in Austin, Tx., in the late 70s are quite evident in his story telling style of songwriting.

A wide ranging cast of characters inhabit these songs, from the famous (Anastasia Romanov, Spade Cooley, God Himself) to drunks, punks, angels of mercy and temptresses, bartenders, and bank robbers; and all of these characters are given life in Thompson's music.

 

2:45 - 3:45 pm - Krystal Heffinger Krystal Heffinger has been singing ever since she was a little girl dancing on her bed to Shania Twain songs. She began playing guitar and writing songs in high school as well as playing local gigs in Hickory, NC.

Krystal, age 23, is a recent alumni from Appalachian State University where she studied Music Therapy. There she was a founding member of Appalachian State Universities top A Cappella group, Enharmonix, and has also been a member in the ASU’s auditioned University Singers.

Krystal hopes to eventually move to Nashville, TN, and pursue singing and songwriting.

Kidsfest Stage

Saturday, October 10

12:00 noon Foothills Gymnastics

1:00 pm Clater Kaye Theaterworks

2:00 pm Sims Country Cloggers

3:00 pm Suzuki School of Music

Bob Wilusz, strolling
accordionist, will be roaming the festival each day,
playing German music for your enjoyment.
www.strollingaccordion.com

 

 

 

 

Enjoy Great Live Music On The Main Stage At

Oktoberfest In Downtown Hickory, Oct. 9, 10 & 11

Hickory - The excitement is building for Downtown Hickory’s Oktoberfest! Saluting the 30th anniversary of festival, Downtown celebrates Hickory’s German heritage while hosting a weekend of jam-packed fun!

Headliners for the Main Stage Music are: Always a favorite, Friday, October 9 night brings Too Much Sylvia to the stage at 9:00pm. Too Much Sylvia has the desire and ability to please and play something that everyone will enjoy. Their fun, contagious personalities will touch all. Whether it’s a low key dinner setting, an energetic party, a festival with all ages attending, the band easily adapts. By not working from a “set list”, 2MS has the ability to “feel the mood”, pace the song selection and provoke audience interaction to reach a peak at the right moment.

Photo: Too Much Sylvia

Then on Saturday, October 10, get ready for Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band beginning at 8:00 pm! If you’ve never heard this group, now is your chance! They are sure to be a crowd pleaser.

The band, which formed in the college town of Boone, North Carolina, in 2002, has shared stages with the likes of Parliament Funkadelic, Galactic, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Maceo Parker and Bootsy Collins. They’re in high demand on the festival circuit, putting in appearances at Wakarusa, Bear Creek, Jam Cruise, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, Aura Fest, Floyd Fest, DeLuna Festival, Jazz Aspen, Center of the Universe Festival, Purple Hatters Ball, Camp Barefoot and Trinumeral, among others.

True musical road warriors, their live show is an absolute must see! A musical experience rather than simply a band, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band is all facets of funk wrapped into one deliciously deviant package.

Photo: Yo Mama'sBig Fat Booty Band

Hickory's Oktoberfest is an outdoor festival held annually on the second weekend in October. It features four stages of non-stop live entertainment ranging from traditional polka to rock & roll, two beer gardens, amusement rides and carnival games, a juried arts and crafts show, and hundreds of food and commercial vendors.

For more information and for the complete music line up, please visit http://hickoryoktoberfest.com. For their safety and the safety of others pets are not allowed at the festival.

The 30th Annual Hickory Oktoberfest is hosted by the Hickory Downtown Development Association.
Sponsors include STAGE SPONSORS: Beck's, Pepsi, Party City, Republic Services, Sheetz, Carolina West Wireless’ Bark Mobile, Main Stage: L & N Productions, Pavilion Stage: The Acoustic Stage, Hickory Music Factory Stage, Hickory Music Factory, MEDIA SPONSORS: Focus, ,WHKY, Charter Spectrum, Big Dawg and WSGE 91.7.

Pavilion Stage Features Selwyn Birchwood And

The Jarvis Jenkins Band, October 9 & 10

Hickory - For the past 30 years, Downtown Hickory’s Oktoberfest continues to bring fantastic music to the Pavilion Stage! In addition to traditional German Polka music, Friday night headliners are sure to be a hit!

At 8:30pm on Friday, October 9, Selwyn Birchwood takes the stage. Florida’s rising young blues fireball, is a guitar and lap-steel-playing bundle of pure energy. He delivers his original songs with a revival tent preacher’s fervor and a natural storyteller’s charisma made all the more impactful by his raw, unvarnished vocals. Birchwood plays high-octane blues – at once deeply rooted, funky and up-to-the-minute – with true passion and honest emotion. With his band feeding off his drive and exuberance, the striking 6’3” 29-year-old with his trademark Afro roams the stage (often barefoot), ripping out memorable guitar licks with ease. www.intrepidartists.com/artists/selwyn_birchwood

Then Saturday night, October 10, The Jarvis Jenkins Band rocks the stage beginning at 8:30 pm. Fans of southern blues and rock will appreciate the Jarvis Jenkins Band. Heavily influenced by the Allman Brothers and other southern rock, the band mixes classic jams with their own originals to present a southern blues, jam heavy concert experience.

Hickory's Oktoberfest is an outdoor festival held annually on the second weekend in October. It features four stages of non-stop live entertainment ranging from traditional polka to rock & roll, two beer gardens, amusement rides and carnival games, a juried arts and crafts show, and hundreds of food and commercial vendors.

For more information and for the complete music line up, please visit http://hickoryoktoberfest.com. For their safety and the safety of others pets are not allowed at the festival.

Donate Food For The Castle Of Cans At Oktoberfest, Oct. 10

Hickory - Have you ever wished you could live in a castle? Well there are a lot of folks in Catawba County who are counting on the castle that will be built at Oktoberfest in Hickory on October 10th. That castle will be a “Castle of Cans.”

For the 17th year, the Susan L. Coleman Castle of Cans will be built at the festival. The food drive is the community service component of Oktoberfest, showing our community’s support for the many who are struggling to feed their families. The Castle of Cans has helped over the years to fill the shelves of area food pantries and soup kitchens.

There are 28,114 individuals living at or below the poverty level in Catawba County. This represents 18.5% of the population. 28.9% of the child population is living below the poverty level. That means that 1 in 6 people are struggling with hunger and 1 in 4 children are going hungry.

All canned food will be distributed to eight area agencies, The Corner Table of Newton, Eastern Catawba County Cooperative Christian Ministries, Exodus Homes, The Family Care Center, Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministries, The Hickory Soup Kitchen, The Salvation Army, and Second Harvest Food Bank.

Celebrating its 30th year, Oktoberfest will be held October 9, 10, and 11, 2015 in Downtown Hickory, NC. For more information on Oktoberfest 2015, please visit the website www.hickoryoktoberfest.com.

 

Greenway Offers Free Oktoberfest Shuttle

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm.

Park and Ride anywhere along the route or Flag the bus driver. The pick up and drop off point in Hickory will be in front of City Hall, located on Center St. between Main Avenue SE and 1st Avenue NE. The vehicle will pick up and drop off every 15 minutes. Ride and parking available at Moretz Stadium at LRU.

Call Greenway Public Transportation at 828-465-7634 for information.



 

 

 

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