- Oktoberfest -
Art & Music
- Presented by Maiden Alley Cinema -
Every year we make sure and book some truly unique musical acts that will enhance your Maiden Alley Oktoberfest experience. Our 2016 headliner is Patrick Sweany who has rocked the Music @ MAC (live music series at Maiden Alley Cinema) stage on several occasions. He brings a unique take on the live performance as he’ll swing through blues, folk, soul, bluegrass, maybe some classic 50s rock or a punk speedball at any given performance.
In addition we are very excited to welcome Rod Hamdallah to the Maiden Alley Oktoberfest stage!!! Hailing from Atlanta, GA, this Garage Rocker has been tearing up the southeast’s vibrant music scene since before he was old enough to order his first drink. You may also recognize him as the guitar player from Legendary Shack Shakers and before that JD Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers.
It’s never a party without local favorites, the Solid Rock’it Boosters, who have been with us since the very beginning. In 2011 they played the whole festival, bringing the great Rockabilly hits we adore and are a staple of the event every year. You know you love kicking up your dirndl to their brand of music and you never know what additional cast of characters will be joining them on stage.
A regional favorite from Southern Illinois, The Swamp Tigers, will also be part of the day bringing their unique brand of high energy Honky-Tonk, Rockabilly and Rock N’ Roll. It is impossible to stay still when listening to these gents.
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 addition to the day’s events, there is also a Maiden Alley Oktoberfest After Party to be held at Paducah Beer Werks featuring live music and great beer.
On Market House Square there will be 30+ 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 to enjoy a walk down Market House Square to see the creativity in our region.
The Oktoberfest Doe's Second Stage and the Oktoberfest AFTER PARTY will feature music from Old Salt Union. Old Salt Union is known for playing music by their own set of rules. While the men who make up the group are not complete rebels, they are certainly focuses on exposing people to a purer, more exciting, and more original form of music. Drawing influence from Bill Monroe, Sam Bush and Del McCoury, to jazz great Bill Evans and Composer Danny Elfman, it's obvious the group has a unique and broad genetic make-up. What makes Old Salt Union special is their ability to further explore the jazz and blues roots of bluegrass in a mature and refreshing manner. With in-depth musical compositions, a catchy hook and a high energy metaphorical punch to the gut, they are truly front runners in the new generation of string music.
Also joining the second stage lineup and performing that Maiden Alley Oktoberfest AFTER PARTY we have Fate McAfee. From Paris, TN, originally, Fate began playing out in Western Kentucky almost 3 years ago. He recorded his first full-length album at Loud & Clear Studios in Paducah last year and is looking to release it this Fall. He usually plays alone, but enjoys collaborating with many area musiciancs.
Also being featured at the Maiden Alley Oktoberfest AFTER PARTY (Paducah Beer Werks) will be Rod Hamdallah spinning some vintage vinyl for a great dance party to wrap up an awesome weekend!!!!
Local musical heroes Bawn in the Mash will be taking the stage at the Maiden Alley Oktoberfest AFTER Party. Living in the heart of the Mississippi River System, Bawn in the Mash's sound is founded in the ancient tones of Western Kentucky. Bawn in the Mash have performed hundreds of shows across the country, beginning in 2005 with cruises aboard the Delta Queen Steamboat and other passenger vessels up and down the Ohio, Tennessee, and Mississippi Rivers. The group's live performance is quite versatile and can range from high energy late night sets at eclectic music festivals, to early morning acoustic bluegrass and roots showcases throughout the southeast. At full capacity, Bawn in the Mash features live percussion, electric and acoustic instruments, xylophones, samples, and more. However, the most important legacy this band leaves behind are in the songs they have published, and the Paducah music & art community for which they helped bring attention and energy. In addition to receiving the title of 'Dukes of Paducah', members of Bawn in the Mash are also certified Kentucky Colonels, representing the commonwealth worldwide.