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Galveston Island Oktoberfest
News Release
Friday, October 16, 2015


GALVESTON ISLAND, TEXAS - Grammy- Nominee Alex Meixner and The Alex Meixner Band - recognized nation-wide as "the hardest working band in Polka today" - will headline this year's expanded and diverse entertainment schedule during Galveston's premier fall event - the 34th Annual Island Oktoberfest. Set to take place in historic downtown Galveston, the festival kicks-off Friday evening, October 23rd from 5-11 pm and continues Saturday, October 24th from 11 am - 11 pm. This fun, family weekend will feature continuous live entertainment on two big stages, authentic German food and libations - including three themed Bier Gartens featuring a variety of both German and domestic brews and a variety of German-style wines from nearby Haak Vineyards; holiday shopping for fine arts, crafts and gifts in The Lyceum; Cake Wheel, an exciting auction, new car raffle, fun children's activities and games and much more. Island Oktoberfest, hosted by First Lutheran Church and co-sponsored by Del Papa Distributing Company, will be held on the grounds of and streets adjacent to First Lutheran Church, 24th and Winnie. Admission is free. German costumes encouraged. Please - no pets on festival grounds.

Exciting and new this year on both days (Friday evening and Saturday) is The Alex Meixner Band from Palm City, FL. Meixner, a 2007 Grammy-Award nominee, is highly-regarded for his traditional Austrian-German repertoire, as well as contemporary fusions with folk and pop music. Meixner is well known not only at Oktoberfests throughout the U.S., but in concert halls, rock clubs and for entertaining ethnic organizations - coast to coast.


New this year on the Music Stage throughout the day on Saturday will be Randy Adams and Auf Geht’s. Get ready to enjoy lots of happy music and serious fun with their specialty: "Their music of the Alps"– Bavaria, Tirol, Rheinland, Germany, “and Brazoria County Texas."

Das Ist Lustig headlines the Family Stage again this year and is a local German band from Houston. Das Ist Lustig means “that’s fun”, and the band performs for audiences of all ages, and is a fan favorite at the Island Oktoberfest as they offer a variety that no other band does. Valina Polka of Das Ist Lustig is thrilled to again serve as MC for the Family stage.

Featuring local professionals, “Mid Life Crisis” will play to a loyal local following and a growing new fan base.  For fifteen years now, this band of local doctors, attorneys and professionals has been entertaining on Galveston’s Strand and at Galas and Charitable events. tremendous hit and crowd favorite since 2011, the band returns this year to Oktoberfest, and they will be featured on Friday night from 7:00 pm until 11:00 pm.  Midlife Crisis specializes in music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, adding new hits in current favorites.

For Galveston, Texas based musician, Kevin Anthony has played the big cities from Houston to New York and back again to his Island home. He’s been performing his unique sound which he calls “Gulf Coast” all throughout Texas, Louisiana with his band called G-Town as well as trips to the mid-west to Wisconsin & Minnesota where he performs with his country/Cajun band, The Twin City Playboys.  Anthony’s smooth voice comes through brilliantly – it’s soulful, warm and lovely.  Back by popular demand, Anthony is a gifted singer and an incredibly talented lyricist.  See him on the Family Stage multiple times during the weekend.

No instrument is more identified with German and Czech music than the Tuba. The TubaMeisters, a Tuba/Euphonium quartet, go far beyond the oompah tradition, by presenting a rich and varied entertainment. All the old standards are here, with other music you’ll enjoy. There’s also Austrian, Czech, Slovenian, Spanish, and Mexican, and even a few Country-Western and Rock tunes, as well, with vocals in five languages.

Back again by popular demand, the crowd pleasing part of their act is their strolling performances, interacting with the crowd up close and personal.  TubaMeisters will perform on the Family Stage on Friday and can be found strolling through the crowds periodically having fun with the guests.

FANFARE! The Lutheran Music Academy Children’s Choir
Fanfare! returns this year bigger and better than ever.  In this its fifth year, the Lutheran Music Academy has grown to over 60 students learning music and art in an after school program designed to introduce the participants to fine music theory and performance. The Academy teaches Voice, Piano and Keyboard, Violin, Guitar, Music Theory and Art.  June Pulliam is the Executive Director, and the school is staffed by very talented professionals committed to music and education throughout the Galveston County area.  See Fanfare! on Saturday afternoon.

Returning this year to the Family stage is the Deer Park Folk Dance Troupe.  This respected group of young men and women study German at Deer Park High School and are in their 9th year of existence.  Their enjoyment of the German culture, the fellowship they have found with each other, and their dedication to practice has made them successful in Regional and State German competitions. They proudly perform at the Tomball German Heritage Festival in the Spring and community events in Deer Park. The Island Oktoberfest is excited to have this great group of young people performing again on Saturday.

The Rathkamp German Folk Dancers (Die Rathkamp Deutsche Volkstanzgruppe) is a family-oriented group established in 1959 by Monroe and Betty Rathkamp.  The group strives to preserve and perpetuate German and Germanic folk dances, customs, and culture, and to cultivate a public appreciation of these by dancing in authentic costume accompanied by authentic music. The repertoire includes dances from all over Germany, Austria and Switzerland: beautiful and graceful Ländlers with their many figures; Schuhplattlers (foot slapping dances) from Bavaria and Austria; guild (occupational) dances such as Mühlradl (Millwheel), which represents the grinding of grain, and Die Hammerschmiedgesell’n (blacksmith journeymen); wedding dances; and many other folk dances.  The dancers are from the Houston Area and are returning for their second year to Oktoberfest.  See them on Saturday at the Family Stage.

The New Braunfels Gemischter Chor Harmonie is an ethnic Choir who enjoy singing and having fun and fellowship (Gemütlichkeit) while preserving the German language and traditions. Some are fluent in German, while others are using the choir to help them learn the language. Most of all they share a love of singing in German.

They hail from New Braunfels and surrounding German enclaves.  Though 75 years strong, the group has just recently become stepping out from the New Braunfels area, and Oktoberfest is happy to see them return again to our entertainment lineup- keeping the German traditions alive.  See them on Saturday on the Family Stage.


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