Melodic Convergence

With five stages featuring more than 20 acts, plus a bevy of street performers, Octoberfest is bound to be a feast for the music lover’s ears

Appleton’s Octoberfest music extravaganza begins Friday night, along with the License to Cruise classic car show, and kicks into high gear on Saturday morning when the 484th Army Band Ensemble and the Bobby Evans Band take the stage at 9 a.m., and it doesn’t wind down until the last bands wrap up at 5:30 p.m.

This year’s lineup includes many favorites from years past, including Vic Ferrari, the Doo-Wop Daddies, Copper Box, Boogie & the Yo-Yoz and Road Trip. It also features four new acts – Too White Crew, Christopher Gold, Daphni and Salsa Manzana.

“The new acts this year will satisfy a diverse array of palates” says Eric Stadler, Octoberfest’s Entertainment Chair. “The entertainment is the most judged element of Octoberfest. There is a cornucopia of genres. We do our best to appeal to as many of those as possible.”

Too White Crew is a six-piece tribute band featuring 80’s and 90’s hip hop, accompanied by the “Fly Girl” dancers. Although TWC bills itself as a party band, the group’s performance is packaged in a family-friendly way. TWC has toured the country since 2002 and has performed at national events for Google, Microsoft, and Anheuser-Busch.

Daphni, founded in 2010, is a Green Bay-based alternative rock band that features Miranda Freimuth on lead vocals. The group is quickly making a name for itself. Daphni was nominated for the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Alternative Band of the Year in 2013 and 2014 and Freimuth was nominated for WAMI’s 2014 Female Vocalist of the Year.

“Their show was high energy, musically tight, and really pleased the diverse crowd on the street. You do not have to worry about what this band brings to any festival or venue, because they will always deliver,” said WAMI President James McMahon.

Christopher Gold has been well-known for years in the Appleton area as a punk rock performer, but these days he’s also becoming something of a force in the bluegrass and folk world. Born in Kentucky but now based in Appleton, Gold is a talented singer-songwriter and musician. He recently released a bluegrass-infused album, Don’t Get Lonesome.

Salsa Manzana is a 14-piece band based in the Fox Cities – a blending of Lawrence students and alumni, music teachers and veteran local talent, all focused on a passion for salsa, mambo, cha-cha and Latin jazz. The group’s bio says its members “try to blend an authentic treatment of each style, while staying approachable and fun for our Wisconsin audience.” The name Salsa Manzana represents the group’s focus on salsa music and the Spanish word manzana, which means ‘apple.’

The Octoberfest Entertainment Committee takes its assignment very seriously.

“We have to consider what acts will draw the biggest crowds. We also keep an ear to the ground to find out what bands are creating a buzz on the street,” Stadler said. “While certainly a focal point for the Octoberfest celebration, the music at Octoberfest is secondary. The main mission of the event is to give the 100-plus non-profits a venue to tell the community who they are and raise funds to fulfill their missions in the year ahead. We’ve built strong relationships with many acts that understand and value the mission of the event.”

Stage Schedules
Friday 9/25/2015
Corner of College Avenue & State Street:
6 – 9:30 PM | Appleton Rock School
Corner of College Avenue & Morrison Street
Roaming Entertainment on College Avenue:
6 – 9:30 PM | Jukebox Barbershop Quartet
Corner of College Avenue & Walnut Street:
6 – 9:30 PM | Tarl Knight
Corner of College Avenue & Division Street:
7 – 8:30 PM
484th Army Ceremonial & Dixie Band
6 – 9:30 PM | Jacob Fannin
Houdini Plaza
(corner of College Avenue & Appleton Street):
6 – 9:30 PM | The Doo-Wop Daddies
Corner of College Avenue & Durkee Street:
6 – 9:30 PM | John Lambert

Saturday 9/26/2015
Corner of College Avenue & Drew Street:
9 AM – 2 PM | 484th Army Band Ensembles
West End of College Avenue:
9 – 10:45 AM | Bobby Evans Band
11 AM – 12:45 PM | Copper Box
1 – 2:15 PM | Consult the Briefcase
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Vic Ferrari & Special Guests
Corner of College Avenue & Division Street:
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Boogie & the Yo-Yoz
1 – 2 PM | The Mascot Theory
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM | Too White Crew
Corner of College Avenue & Superior Street:
11 AM – 12:30 PM | Salsa Manzana
1 – 3 PM | Grand Union
3:30 – 5:30 PM | Saving Savannah
Houdini Plaza
(corner of College Avenue & Appleton Street):
11 – 11:45 AM | Christopher Gold & New Old Things:
12 – 12:45 PM | Daphni
1 – 1:45 PM | Big N Tasty Blues
2 – 2:45 PM | Dead Horses
3 – 3:45 PM | Unity the Band
4 – 5:30 PM | Cool Waters Band
Corner of College Avenue & Durkee Street:
9 – 10:30 AM
The Newtonburg Oktoberfest Band
11 AM – 1 PM | The Doo-Wop Daddies
1:30 – 2:45 PM
484th Army Band – Zeroed In
3:15 – 5:30 PM | Road Trip

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