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Oktoberfest Live Dance Bands

Get Ready to Polka at the Guadalupe County Fair & Rodeo the Second Weekend in October. View other Live Music.

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THURSDAY MUSIC

DER KLEIN STEINS
@ 7:30 PM-12 PM
DANCE PAVILION
Chamber Mixer open to the publiic

Der Klein Steins originating in 1989 specializes in playing music heard at Oktoberfests around the world. The band plays music from Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia which includes Bavarian, Tyrolean, Oberkrainer, and Egerlander music.

Through the years, the band has entertained polka and waltz lovers all-over South-Central Texas. We hope you enjoy listening to our music with German and English vocals as much as we enjoy performing for you. view website

PIVO POLKA
@ 8 PM-12 PM
THE GAZEBO


The Pivo & Polka Band name explains it all. We like Beer (Czech: Pivo) and Polka Music. Members of the band are from the San Antonio/New Braunfels area. In addition to being musicians, we are all full-time music educators. The group was formed in the Summer of 2019. We play Czech, German, and Slovenian polkas and waltzes, and we even throw in some country tunes to change it up a bit. We've played at Christmas Markets, Biergartens, and even Church Worship Services. We'll see you soon out on the dance floor. Eins, Zwei, Cha Cha Cha!. view the Pennsylvania Polka

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FRIDAY MUSIC

X-TREME
@ THE GAZEBO
4 - 9 PM

The Solo Entertainer
X-treme, “The Solo Entertainer”, is a one-man band providing top-notch cover and fan-favorite music from the 50s through today’s hits, and anything in-between. Powered by a state-of-the-art, mobile sound system, he entertains from a portfolio of 2oo+ songs, including top hit German Polkas, Waltzes, and Schlagers (Old German Pop) he brought back with him from the 18+ years he was stationed in Germany, serving in the United States Air Force. There is sure to be a song, or two, or three, that you’ll recognize…guaranteed! If you don’t, then…there’s an app you can download to interact with him live, and behind the scenes, in-between each song that enables you to drive song choice from his portfolio and even make dedications. He prides himself on a variety of songs from the Classic Rock and Pop era but mixes it up with German hits that hit at the heart of an Octoberfest…hence, he’s “X-treme”. Since adopting the keyboard as his instrument of choice back in 1988, and the musical innovations and advancements since, Allan has never charged a dime. But don’t let that fool you, he’ll gladly accept $ tips, beer, schnaps, etc.

SATURDAY MUSIC

X-TREME
@ THE GAZEBO
2-5 PM

The Solo Entertainer
X-treme, “The Solo Entertainer”, is a one-man band providing top-notch cover and fan-favorite music from the 50s through today’s hits, and anything in-between. Powered by a state-of-the-art, mobile sound system, he entertains from a portfolio of 2oo+ songs, including top hit German Polkas, Waltzes, and Schlagers (Old German Pop) he brought back with him from the 18+ years he was stationed in Germany, serving in the United States Air Force. There is sure to be a song, or two, or three, that you’ll recognize…guaranteed! If you don’t, then…there’s an app you can download to interact with him live, and behind the scenes, in-between each song that enables you to drive song choice from his portfolio and even make dedications. He prides himself on a variety of songs from the Classic Rock and Pop era but mixes it up with German hits that hit at the heart of an Octoberfest…hence, he’s “X-treme”. Since adopting the keyboard as his instrument of choice back in 1988, and the musical innovations and advancements since, Allan has never charged a dime. But don’t let that fool you, he’ll gladly accept $ tips, beer, schnaps, etc.

 

SATURDAY MUSIC

THE OOMPAHS
@ THE GAZEBO
6 - 9 PM

We began our story as Oma and the Oompahs, with Pearly Sowell at the head as Oma accompanied by the Oompahs, her son David Smith on the drums and friend Bobby Owens on the tuba.

For forty years, Oma and the Oompahs entertained live audiences across Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, and nationally and internationally via radio and television cable channels.

Recently retired at 92, Oma passed on the baton to her son, David. The Oompahs have grown into a consortium of professional musicians playing together as The Oompahs.

David Smith, leader, singer and percussionist
Eddie Brown, sousaphone
Jonathon Campbell, tuba
Shirley Johnson, accordion and singer
Maria Mullins, keyboard, xylophone and singer

Our music is inspired by the beauty of traditional German and eastern European cultures. We provide a unique blend of talent and excitement in our waltzes, polkas and schotisches with a sprinkling of ballads that will have you swaying in your seats, banging on the tables, singing la-la-la (good German) and dancing!

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SUNDAY MUSIC

SHINER HOBO BAND
@ THE GAZEBO
1:30 PM to 4 PM

The original Hobo Band was organized by a group of local, talented musicians after World War 1. During the war years, most dance and family bands were almost totally disbanded due to the men entering the service. After the war ended, the young GI's and veterans returned home anxious to get back to old time music. A local group decided to form their own band and provide entertainment at picnics, wedding dances and civic affairs. They decided to dress in mismatched clothes with patches sewed on them. They were a happy go lucky bunch, who enjoyed their Czech and German music. The Spoetzl Brewery became their sponsor and it cost the brewery a keg of beer for each performance.

The Shiner Hobo Band gained fame in 1936 under the direction of Emmett Busch, with a toilet plunger as his baton. The Hobos marched and played in Shiner and surrounding towns, displaying a Hobo banner. They entertained crowds everywhere they went. Mr. Spoetzl would accompany the band during local parades and went from saloons to bars treating everyone to Shiner Beer.

This tradition continued into the 1950's, when Curt Messer directed the Hobos in the same tradition of music, hospitality and refreshments. Due to the failing health of Mr. Messer, the band slowly disbanded.

In April 1986, Speedy Beal and Jules Silvers, new part owners of the Spoetzl Brewery, decided to meet with Joe Panus and Glenn Leist and try to reorganize the Hobo Band to entertain in the Texas Sesquicentennial celebrations. Joe and Glenn contacted several musicians and held a short organizational meeting at the American Legion Hall in Shiner. Approximately twelve to fifteen musicians were present and they voted to have Joe Panus as the director, who would wield the famous toilet plunger. There were two short practice sessions at the Kasper Pavilion. A comment was made that practice was not needed because almost all members were seasoned musicians with a few exceptions. One being Glenn Leist, who decided to pretend to play a replica of a huge base fiddle and tell jokes and agitate the director. The group was noted for not listening to instructions given by Director Joe. They played first at the Trinity Lutheran Home in Shiner and were an instant hit. They were immediately booked for the Shiner Catholic Church picnics on Memorial and Labor Day holidays and the "Come and Take It" festival in Gonzales.

Eventually, the Hobos had 30 active members, with approximately twenty-five making each function. Members came from Shiner, Kokernot Hill, Port Lavaca, Victoria, Yoakum, Wied, Houston, Cuero, Schulenberg and Weimar, to name a few. Their theme song is "The Shiner Song." Spoetzl Brewery continued to provide refreshments.

fter a few short years, Joe and Glenn decided to purchase an old school bus to use for transporting the musicians to out of town functions. The bus was painted white. Sign painter, George Kalisck from Moulton, painted instruments and 'Shiner Hobo Band' all over the bus. Speakers were mounted on the top of the bus and Hobo tapes were played as the band drove to their engagements. The band played continuously until the untimely death of the beloved director, Joe Panus, on June 30, 1996. The band continues to entertain without a director. Various members serve as Master of jokes, and pick the next tune to be played. One of the classic features of the Hobo's is playing each polka and waltz from memory, with some tunes played from beginning to end as it was originally written. A new bus was purchased in 1999.

The Shiner Hobo Band is a non-profit organization operating with elected officers and is sponsored by the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas.

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Shiner Hobo Band - Sunday Band at the Guadalupe County Fair 2nd weekend in October 2022

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