- Oktoberfest -
Art & Music
- Presented by Maiden Alley Cinema -
Every year we make sure and book some truly unique musical acts that will enhance your Maiden Alley Oktoberfest experience. Our 2017 lineup will include local/regional and national musicians who have rocked the Music @ MAC (live music series at Maiden Alley Cinema) stage on several occasions. With us from the very first Maiden Alley Oktoberfest in 2011, the Solid Rock'it Boosters always create an awesome and "dance friendly" environment. You know you love kicking up dirndl to their brand of music! And they always have an amazing array of musical guests sitting in on a couple sets!
All the way from Toronto, Canada we are stoked to have catl on the Oktoberfest stage featuring real-life couple Jamie Fleming and Sarah Kirkpatrick as the "gruesome twosome". Offering up stripped down, juke-joint blues that will make you drink n' sweat til you can't drink n' sweat no more!
We are pleased to welcome back Curio for another year, a hell-raisin' and soul-shakin' rock n' roll band from Chicago, IL. Their music is steeped in southern gothic lore by way of the Midwest. Heavily influenced by the growl of Chicago blues, the low-down and dirty swamp rock of Louisiana and the twang of Tennessee country, Curio conjures a sound that has as many influences as there are miles on I-55 from The Windy City to The Big Easy. Chris Pluska and his band of wayward gamblers have been playing to crowds at juke joints, dives and clubs since 2009. Curio's live show has teh fervent energy of a backwoods revival and the no-holds-barred attitude of a bar brawl. Their records are love letters to the bastards, brawlers, vagabonds and believers who've shaped American folklore for better or for worse. Curio's tales have been described as 'Midwest murder ballads' that depict the timeless narrative of wrong-doing and temptation.
The day is always kicked off with the Paducah Jazz Ensemble Polka Band!!! You can't very well have a proper Oktoberfest without some polka to get things started. In 2017 they will play twice throughout the day opening up the festivities on the Main Stage and then offering up some authentic polka on Market House Square in the afternoon.
Also, in the lineup for the day we have Big Atomic from Louisville, KY. The band blurs the lines between funk, rock, rhythm and blues and dance. From pulsing dance songs to improvised extended jams, smooth r&b to funky rock and roll, Big Atomic has proved to be a very versatile group. The band is Shannon Vetter (saxophone/guitar,vocals), Morgan McCall (drums), Matt Robinson (percussion/vocals), Andrew Stephens (bass guitar) and Micah Greene (guitar/vocals). The band formed in 2013 and has been working hard ever since.
On Broadway there will be 30+ art vendors ranging from screen-printing to jewelry to local florists making traditional flower crowns.
The art vendor area will be FREE and open to the public so you don't have to have an Oktoberfest to enjoy a walk down Broadway to see the creativity in our region.