.. Oktoberfest steht vor der Tur

Arts Center to host event this weekend with German music, food

Plymouth Arts Center is proud to present its 11th annual Plymouth Oktoberfest, Friday, Sept. 19 from 2:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission for this community downtown event is free.

Plymouth Oktoberfest will be held rain or shine in the big top tent on the green behind the Plymouth Arts Center building.

Friday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. get ready to polka and waltz on our wooden dance floor to the sounds of Sheboygan County’s favorite polka band, Polka Potion, immediately followed by the ever-popular Copper Box Band from 6 to 9 p.m.

Food will be served beginning at 3 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday with a full festival menu including Spanferkel, famous Johnsonville brats, hamburgers, German potato salad, sauerkraut, baked beans, German chocolate cake, apple strudel, kettle corn and more. Take outs available on all food items. Biergarten will feature both domestic and German Beer.

This year marks the ninth appearance by Copper Box on the PAC Oktoberfest stage at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19. A slammin’ button accordionist and multiinstrumentalist, Danny Jerabek, and his other half, Michelle Jerabek, on sax, vocals, guitar, flute, washboard, vocals, etc., backed by a great rhythm section, Jason Van Ryzin (drums/percussion) and Drew Hicks (bass/vocals), Copper Box is a force to be noticed.

From Summerfest in Milwaukee to Musikfest in Bethlehem, Pa. to Cotati Accordion Festival in Cotati, Calif. to the International Accordion Festival in San Antonio, Texas and Soulard Oktoberfest in St. Louis, Mo., Copper Box keeps the crowd hopping and the tent rocking with their unique blend of “accordion fueled, roots rock.”

Danny Jerabek received his first threerow button accordion from his grandfather when he was 9 years of age and self-taught himself how to play a few Czech and German songs for his family. Later inspired by Don Cialkoszewski and the accordion legend, Steve “Esteban” Jordan, Danny took his accordion playing to another level. Danny tastefully puts the accordion into a diverse range of music from jazz to rock and everything in between, which is the defining sound of Copper Box. Many people have said, “I don’t care for the accordion (button box), but I like how he plays it.”

Performing over 140 shows a year for Mardi Gras, Oktoberfests, music festivals, performing art centers, and community concerts throughout the U.S., Copper Box has been racking up the miles and gaining momentum as a new emerging artist one show at a time. As one music journalist commented, “(Copper Box)...as refreshing as a cool spring breeze blowing new life into a stuffy room...worth checking out!”

Wisconsin Blues Society describes Copper Box as “…one of the favorites of the Fox Valley Blues Festival 2004. This hot Zydeco Swamp/Blues Rock outfit with a great baritone and tenor sax gal and a hot accordion man, cooks and swings with some of the best Zydeco-influenced groups I’ve seen anywhere in the country.”

Some of their awards and accomplishments include: Americana Artist of the Year (WAMI), People’s Choice Award (WAMI), Band of the Year (WPHF), Specialty Instrumentalist of the Year (WAMI)(Danny),

Side Person of the Year (WPHF).

On Saturday beginning at 10 a.m., visit the Arts Center’s Grand Hall for the G.F.W.C. Plymouth Woman’s Club Annual “Big Bake Sale.” Enjoy a tasty treat at the sale or take home. The bake sale will feature items such as homemade cookies, pies, cakes, breads, and other specialty desserts; coffee and milk will also be available.

From 11 to 11:45 a.m. the Junge Kameraden will be performing. Plymouth High School’s Junge Kameraden, directed by Jason Sebranek, is the only German-style high school instrumental group in America. The original group was formed in 1978 and its membership ranges from 40 to 45 musicians.

From 12 noon to 4 p.m. The Newtonburg Oktoberfest Band will perform their wide range of German selections sure to bring authentic Gemutlichkeit to the celebration. This fun and entertaining 12-piece group of brass players, woodwinds and vocalists comes together to produce some of the best and most recognizable sounds of the Bavarian Hofbrau Haus. They have been entertaining audiences with their unique blend of authentic brass band music since 2001.

The original Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, is the one of the largest celebrations in all of Europe. Millions of people from all over the globe attend it and there’s no end to the merriment.

The first Oktoberfest was actually part of a marriage celebration when, in October of 1810, Bavarian King Max Joseph gave a huge wedding reception for Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, with the Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. It culminated with a series of horse races and gave rise to the tradition of the October festival, and in the following year, became an annual affair commemorating this grand wedding forevermore.

The Oktoberfest we know today evolved over time and incorporated a number of different traditions. The Munich Oktoberfest is now celebrated in September, because the chilly Bavarian October winds blowing from the Alps, can surprise with an early cold and snow.

The proceeds of this 11th annual event will benefit the Plymouth Arts Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to its mission of … enlivening the spirit of the community and enriching the lives of all by presenting diverse experiences in the arts. The Arts Center also continues to serve as a community center and hall available for private parties and business meetings and seminars, etc.

Masters Gallery and Sargento are the major event sponsors with additional support from area businesses.

The PAC is still seeking sponsorships in any amount. To make a donation to the Plymouth Oktoberfest/ Plymouth Arts Center, or for more information, please call (920) 892-8409, email info@plymoutharts.org, or send your donation to P.O. Box 253, Plymouth 53073. All donations to the PAC will be acknowledged during the event, on our website, on our wall of appreciation, and in our annual reportavailable to the public.

Visit the PAC at 520 E. Mill St., or our website: www.plymoutharts.org.

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