- Oktoberfest -

Art & Music

- Presented by Maiden Alley Cinema -

2020 Maiden Alley Oktoberfest MUSIC LINEUP COMING SOON!!!!      

Every year we make sure and book some truly unique musical acts and invite local and regional artists that will enhance your Maiden Alley Oktoberfest experience.  The 2019 music lineup is below to give you an idea of what is to come in 2020!!!  We strive to strike a balance between local/regional talent along with nationally touring musicians who have rocked the Music @ MAC (live music series at Maiden Alley Cinema) stage on several occasions. 

Liz Brasher makes her own kind of southern music - one that's caught halfway between the garage, the church, the bar and the bedroom.  She's a sould singer.  A guitar-playing rocker.  A one-woman girl group.  A gospel revivalist who sings the praises of secular bands lik the Box Tops.  It's a diverse sound rooted in the influence of Brasher's two homes:  her adopted hometown of Memphis, where she recorded her debut LP, Painted Image, for Fat Possum Records:  and her childhood stomping grounds in rural North Carolina where she was raised in a musical, multi-ethnic household.  "I'm half Domincan, half Italian and also Southern," says the songwriter who grew up singing Baptist hymns in an all-Spanish church.  "It's a different type of southerner, and that's why the music I make sounds like a different type of the south.  By nature, I'm mixed.  That's been my whole life -- having the reconcile two different cultures, or the religious and secular world, or the different genres what have all influenced me.  From the time I was born, I realized I was going to be a big mix."

With us from the very first Maiden Alley Oktoberfest in 2011, the Solid Rock'it Boosters always offer up awesome and "dance friendly" sets.  You know you love kicking up your dirndl to their brand of music! And they always have an amazing array of musical guests sitting in on a couple sets!

The Minks are Nashville's "psychedelic-bloos" band, heavy on the rock and roll.  We're talking low-down, all the way, purse-lipped, eyes-shut, head-whirling kind of rock and roll.  The band's palpable sound has roots in every music fan't top ten - from Lou to Patti to Creedence to Hank. Mixed with raw, jangly instrumentation and soulful saccharine vocals, it's as much a throwback as it is an answer to the often overlooked underbelly of Nashville's rock and roll scene.  Front woman Nikki Barber hightailed it to Music City a few years back in hopes of pursuing her musical birthright.  With just a guitar and a dream, she created The Minks because she had to.  It was this "create or combust" determination, and a little help from her friends, that made her vision a reality.  With a few hundred miles, a couple of EPs, some new faces and a slew of local buzz under their belts, the band sets out to release their first full-length record (Light and Sweet) this Fall through Cafe Rooster Records and tour for forever.  

The Wheelhouse Rousters draw not only their moniker and musical style from the river and its industry, but also their ebb and flow of energy. Focusing on roustabout music of the Ohio River Valley collected by Mary Wheeler, the Rousters share the sounds of the American inland waterways.  Having performed with various artists upon notable boats, like the Delta Queen, Queen of the Mississippi, America, River Barge Explorer, Belle of Louisville, and the Spirit of Peoria, the members of the Wheelhouse Rousters have also opened for such acts as Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three, Shooter Jennings, The Legendary Shack Shakers, Billy Strings, and Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper.

Black Eyed Susans is the culmination of three distinct songwriters from Murray, KY: Melanie Davis, Kayla Little, and Stephanie Ray. Similar to their wildflower namesake, the unique trio provides charm and a sense of familiarity to any backdrop. The group navigates through folk, jazz standards, 60s doo-wop, pop, classic rock, and a capella with grace and three-part harmony. All multi-instrumentalists, the Susans trade instruments throughout their performances, switching between acoustic and electric guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, and percussion. The individual songs each woman brings to the group span a wide spectrum of subjects and styles. From 19th and 20th century poetry, to age-old USMC sayings, to religion, to love, to heartache, and everything in between - the Black Eyed Susans’ music is simultaneously recognizable and incomparable. 

Mary James, youngest of six children, was born in Geneva, Alabama, though her family lived in Florida, a couple miles below the Alabama line. Her mom (author, Jean James) and dad (WWII veteran, William James) lived a very nomadic lifestyle. On one occasion they packed up the family (Mary was four at the time) and moved from Florida to North Minnesota, near the Canadian border, to rough it in the wilds.  Performing as Mean Mary and the Contrarys her shows never dissapoint.  

Made up of drums-Stephen Keith, guitar-Jacob Mccallon, guitar-David Cox and bass-Travis Russel, Art Thieves  began in 2015 as  a post-rock/heavy metal outfit from Paducah, Kentucky.  They idea behind the instrumental aspect of the project is that Art Thieves finds the lack of vocals allows for a more emotional connection to a crowd through pure music.

Fate McAfee began writing original music at the age of 20, recorded his first full length studio album at 22 and has played small festivals and coffee shops and dive bars everywhere from the Appalachian Mountains to the Mississippe River, from the streets of New Orleans to theaters in Kentucky. He is from West Tennessee originally and typically plays solo, but collaborated with several talented musicians for his debut album "Little Bill and the Late Fees," recorded in Paducah, Kentucky, where he currently resides.

Leight July started performing at the end of October 2016, just a few months after she began to experiment with the suitcase drum her father assembled.  She has always claimed music as an emotional outlet, and is more than grateful to now claim it as a career.  Leight's first performance took place at the Silent Brigade Distillery in downtown Paducah and has eventually migrated throughout Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee and Iowa. Leight's performance has been influenced by a plethora of genres and generations of music.  Covering a variety of songs, she incorporates her own folk/blues presentation while playing guitar, a suitcase drum, tambourine, the occassional harmonic and singing.  

Latter Day Bard will change what you think you know of "folk/rock."  Complete with epic storytelling, gritty guitar parts and an overall classy wickedness, it's easy to hear and see why front man Joshua Devin Metzger calls it "gothic-folk."

Songwriter, Drew Veazey, has had a variety of folk and rock influences seep in during his years playing in Lexington and Nashville.  His roots rock style takes cues from artists like John Prine, Van Morrison and Bob Dylan.  But the strongest imprint on his work, his home in western Kentucky, is relfected in his thoughtful lyrics and soulful harmonica.  

Entering its 10th season with Andy Shelton on trombone, Danny Garret on tuba, Jay Laude on drums, Jimmy Sells on bass and Fred Laude on banjo and vocals, Captain Freddy and the River Cats has aimed its performances at several Western Kentucky events and festivals as well as some Paducah clubs and night spots.  They have also had several engagements with the Mississippi Queen Riverboat.  Well rounded musicians, these guys bring a vast background of Big Band, Dixieland, Blues, Progressive Jazz, Gospel and good ol' Rock and Roll stylings to their performances.



On Broadway we added a plumped up art vendor area with 15+ 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 ticket to enjoy a walk down Broadway to see the creativity in our region.