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2018 Maiden Alley Oktoberfest MUSIC LINEUP!!!!

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 2018 music lineup is being crafted in the coming months and will include local/regional and national musicians who have rocked the Music @ MAC (live music series at Maiden Alley Cinema) stage on several occasions with some new acts sprinkled in.  Here is what we have thus far!!!

One of our featured headliners this year will be the AMAZING Ben Sollee!!!  Kentucky-born cellist and composer Ben Sollee likes to keep moving.  He kicked off 2014 with the release of his score for the documentary film Maidentrip.  In March, he performed at Carnegie Hall as part of a tribute to Paul Simon.  Throughout April and May, he was out supporting song-writer William Fitzsimmons.  This September, he toured for two weeks in Europe and returned to the United States to perform with the Charlotte Ballet.  If you've seen him perform, you know it's not to be missed.  For listeners just discovering Ben's music, you'll find that there's a lot more to it than just songs.

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!

All the way from Toronto, Canada and for the second year in a row, we are stoked to have catl on the Oktoberfest stage featuring real-life couple Jamie Fleming and Sarah  Kirkpatrick as the "gruesome twosome".  Offering up stripped down, juke-joint blues that will make you drink n' sweat til you can't drink n' sweat no more!

The day is always kicked off with the Paducah Jazz Ensemble Polka Band!!!  You can't very well have a proper Oktoberfest without some polka to get things started.  In 2017 they will play twice throughout the day opening up the festivities on the Main Stage and then offering up some authentic polka on Market House Square in the afternoon.

No strangers to the Maiden Alley Oktoberfest stage, we were excited to welcome back The Hooten Hallers by way of Columbia, MO.  The trio are known for hard-traveling and wild, energetic live shows, crisscrossing their way through North America and Europe with their seemingly endless tour schedule.  They continue their decade-long search for their roots, drawing from the surrounding agricultural lifestyles, the river communities, the college kids and the tweakers that roam Columbia, Missouri, all in the looming foothills of the Ozark Mountains.  

Shaped and inspired by the American South, The Savage Radley is the brainchild of Shaina Goodman, a Kentucky-raised songwriter and Delta farmer's daughter whose music stomps, twangs and bangs with all the power of her homeland.  We're not throwback country," she says of her band, a group of pickers and pounders who add electricity, elasticity and grit to her songs.  "We're not looking to be in the mainstream, either.  We just want to fill our own corner of this American southern landscape."

Forming in a rural farming community outside Metropolis, IL, Leonard the Band has sought out originality since day one.  The did not set out to sound like anything or anyone in particular.  They came together and forged a sound uniquely their own.  The music is a blending pot of influences, from the likes of Wilco, The Beatles, Neil Young and Fugazi (just to name a few).  The music is sure to be a new experience for every listener.  The band consists of singer/guitarist-Brian Rader, bassist-Adam Rader, drummer-Taylor Rader, backup volcalist/guitarist-Luke Taylor and keyboardist-Zack Winding.  Art is their outlet and they wish to share it with fans and new listeners. Their influences blend through their music, but do not define it.

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.

Peachy Mae is a collection of sweet and creepy sounds out of Murray, KY.  Members include Matt Roen-Guitar, Kora Carlson-Guitar/Vox/Keys, Tim Peyton-Bass and Kyler Nix-Drums/Guitar, Vox.

Captain Freddy and the River Cats enters its 9th season with Tony Brown on trombone, Danny Garret on tuba, Jimmy Sells on bass and Fred Laude on banjo and vocals, this group has aimed its performances at several Western Kentucky music, jazz and art festivals as well as some of the more well known Paducah supper clubs and night spots.  You may also catch them on the Mississippi Queen Riverboat!  These well rounded musicians bring a vast background of Symphony, Big Band, Dixieland, Blues, Progressive Jazz, Gospel and good old Rock and Roll stylings to their performances.  

Emanating from the low hills of western Kentucky are the unmistakable songs of Indiana native, Melanie Davis.  A thespian at heart, her ability to craft tunes that that are simultaneously poignant and liberating is steeped in an appreciation for the nuances of human relationships.  Whether it's contemplating the potential of her immediate community or considering her own vices and tendencies, she never shies away from the glaring truths therein.  Her stage experiences translates into a captivating live performance that leaves the listener hanging with each line.  She can deliver complex phrases that speak to neuroses we all understand, all within a fresh wave of jazz-inspired folk arrangements that seem to emphasize the range of emotions she describes.  

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. 

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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.