Introducing the S-Bahn Band
I would like to start this edition of Westcoast German News by mentioning my favourite German band: S-Bahn. Singer & accordionist Richard Tyce founded the S-Bahn Band in Vancouver in the early 90’s. With a diverse and eclectic repertoire, the S-Bahn specializes in Oktoberfests both in Canada and the US. Highlights include the “Fall Crawls” during which the S-Bahn tours the Oktoberfest circuit. The S-Bahn plays Thursday, September 17th, 2015 at the Mount Angel Oktoberfest at 9:30 pm in the beer garden/Biergarten. This venue is the newest “Festhalle” and it includes a hardwood dance floor. Since this year is the 50th Anniversary of the Mt. Angel Oktoberfest, they will feature a special brew made for the occasion by one of Oregon’s craft beer brewers, Ninkasi. On Saturday they will be playing during the annual “Keg Tapping Ceremony” that you won’t want to miss. Their last performance will be Sunday at 4:30 pm.
http://www.oktoberfest.org/ Kirkland is a three day authentic München-style Oktoberfest. It requires a ticket and you must be 21+ with valid ID. Live German music Starting on Friday, September 25th, the S-Bahn will play in the Festhalle at 5:30 pm to 7 pm, as well as at 9:15 pm to 11 pm. There will be live German music, traditional foods, games, contests and more included with your admission ticket. And apparently, Drinking, dancing and swaying arm in arm under the Big Top Tent. And they mean BIG. 140 feet of long tables, sizzling Oom Pah Pah and imported German beers.
http://www.oktoberfestkirkland.com/ The next Oktoberfest is in Leavenworth, Washington. The Leavenworth Oktoberfest is always the first three Friday & Saturday’s in October. Free transportation in Leavenworth, live music, German food, arts and crafts, and activities for the whole family (oh yeah and did we say “beer”?). The S-Bahn start at 6 pm at the “Spass Platz” until 7:45 pm on Friday, October 2nd. For more info, visit:
http://www.leavenworthoktoberfest.com/index.html A Victoria tradition, S-Bahn will be hosting 2 days of Oktoberfest with shows by the Victoria Edelweiss dancers. You’ll experience traditional Oktoberfest and musical styles while dancing and drinking to the music of S-Bahn. S-Bahn shows on both Friday Oct 23 and Saturday Oct 24. For more info and tickets call Mona Jane at 250.380.9158.
www.victoriaedelweiss.ca Other events include the Wurstfest (Texas) November 6 to 8th, 2015 in New Braunfels & the Bradner BC Beerfest on November 28th, 2015. Prosit!