10th Annual Plymouth Oktoberfest headlined by Copper Box
Friday, September 20, 2013, 2pm to 10pm and Saturday, September 21, 2013, 10am to 8pm
10th Annual Plymouth Oktoberfest
PLYMOUTH, WI - Please join us for our 10th Annual Plymouth Oktoberfest
In celebration of autumn and in the grand spirit of Munich, Germany’s famous festival, the Plymouth Arts Center is proud to present its 10th annual Plymouth Oktoberfest, Friday, September 20 from 2:30pm to 10:00pm and Saturday, September 21, from 10am to 8:00pm. Admission for this community event is free thanks to our business and community sponsors. We still are seeking sponsorships in any amount. To make a donation to the Plymouth Oktoberfest/Plymouth Arts Center, or for more information, please call (920) 892-8409, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us downtown at 520 E. Mill St. Check out our website: www.plymoutharts.org. Event will be held rain or shine in the big top tent on the green behind the Plymouth Arts Center building.
On Friday afternoon from 2:30 to 5:30pm get ready to polka and waltz on our wooden dance floor to the sounds of Sheboygan County’s favorite polka band, Polka Potion, immediately followed by the ever-popular Copper Box Band from 6 to 9:00pm. We’ll begin serving food at 3pm with a full festival menu including Spanferkel, famous Johnsonville brats, hamburgers, German potato salad, sauerkraut, delicious desserts, including German Chocolate Cake and Strudel, Kettle Corn and more. Take outs are available on all food items.
This year marks the eighth appearance by Copper Box on the PAC Oktoberfest stage and their 10th Anniversary of performing nationwide. With a slammin’ button accordionist and multi-instrumentalist, Danny Jerabek, and his other half, Michelle Jerabek, on baritone and tenor sax, vocals, guitar, washboard, etc., backed by a great rhythm section, Jason Van Ryzin (drums/percussion) and Kevin Junemann (bass/ukelele,) Copper Box is a force to be noticed! Copper Box, a fun and entertaining band that dances in the crossroads of Zydeco, blues, jazz, and Tex-Mex, and rock, will be appearing at 6:00pm on Friday, September 21st. Join us as we listen to them play many of their original tunes as well as some fun covers…and if you feel like dancing, we have room for that too!
Danny Jerabek, received his first 3-row button accordion from his grandfather when he was 9 years of age and self-taught himself how to play a few Czech and German songs for his family. Later inspired by Don Cialkoszewski and the accordion legend, Steve "Esteban" Jordan, Danny took his accordion playing to another level. Danny tastefully puts the accordion into a diverse range of music from jazz to rock and everything in between, which is the defining sound of Copper Box. Many people have said, “I don’t care for the accordion (button box), but I like how he plays it.”
Throughout the 10 years of Copper Box, the band has counted 1199 shows in 16 states, 3 vans, 2 trailers, 7 full time musicians, 6 CDs, 1 DVD, and countless miles of the road. “We’ve been through some good times with the band, and like most bands experiencing the music business and “life on the road”, there are some not-so-good times. However, we try to stay optimistic about the situation we are in. We consider ourselves very fortunate to be playing music for a living, because we love it. One of the hardest things to do as a working band, is to keep the team together---and it definitely is a team effort! The dedication of a group is really important, because playing over 140 shows a year requires discipline, a sense of humor, and sacrifice...not to mention the family life, or should I say lack of family life sometimes. It’s a balancing act!” -Michelle Jerabek. They have shared the main stage at festivals across the nation with artists like, The Doobie Brothers, America, Little River Band, Buckwheat Zydeco, Little Feat, Little Big Town, Little Texas, Peter Frampton, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Lou Gramm, Brave Combo, Marcia Ball, C.J. Chenier, and W.C. Clark, The Guess Who, Terrance Simien, The Radiators, BR549….
Performing over 140 shows a year for Mardi Gras, Oktoberfests, music festivals, performing art centers, and community concerts throughout the US, Copper Box has been racking up the miles and gaining momentum as a new emerging artist one show at a time. As one music journalist commented, "(Copper Box)...as refreshing as a cool spring breeze blowing new life into a stuffy room...worth checking out!" Wisconsin Blues Society describes Copper Box as “…one of the favorites of the Fox Valley Blues Festival 2004. This hot Zydeco Swamp/Blues Rock outfit with a great baritone and tenor sax gal and a hot accordion man. This group cooks and swings with some of the best Zydeco-influenced groups I’ve seen anywhere in the country.”
On Saturday from 11am to 11:45 the Junge Kameraden will be performing. Plymouth High School's Junge Kameraden, directed by Jason Sebranek, is the only German-style high school instrumental group in America. The original group was formed in 1978 and its membership ranges from 40 to 45 musicians. At Noon, the Goodtime Dutchmen and Brian & the Mississippi Valley Dutchmen will be alternating throughout the day until 7:30pm.
One Sunday afternoon as the family took their afternoon nap, Brian took his dad's concertina out of the closet and practiced. When his dad woke up from his nap, Brian played "At the Spring Waltz." From that time on the concertina was never locked in the closet and practicing became a 6 to 8 hour daily routine for him. Sometimes he would go and practice in their barn just to give his family a break. Although Brian can read trumpet music, concertina music remained foreign to him. Music has naturally come easy to Brian which has enabled him to play from the heart and allow him to compose beautiful songs, one being Kayli's Lullaby. Several of his compositions have been recorded and played by many bands in the Midwest. Brian started his own band in 1985. It started as a six-piece band. As the years passed by, many larger bands decreased to 3-4 piece bands. However, almost 30 years later, Brian is one of the few band leaders who still maintains a six-piece band. In Brian's words, the credit would go to loyal side musicians who still love to be part of a big band. The Mississippi Valley Dutchmen have secured one of the finest names in old time music, playing the traditional "Dutchmen Style" music!
The original Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany is the one of the largest celebrations in all of Europe. Millions of people from all over the globe attend it and there's no end to the merriment. The first Oktoberfest was actually part of a marriage celebration when, in October of 1810, Bavarian King Max Joseph gave a huge wedding reception for Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, with the Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. It culminated with a series of horse races and gave rise to the tradition of the October festival, and in the following year, became an annual affair commemorating this grand wedding forevermore. The Oktoberfest we know today, evolved over time and incorporated a number of different traditions. The Munich Oktoberfest is now celebrated in September, because the chilly Bavarian October winds blowing from the Alps, can surprise with an early cold and snow.
The proceeds of this 10th annual event will benefit the Plymouth Arts Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to its mission of… enlivening the spirit of the community and enriching the lives of all by presenting diverse experiences in the arts. The Arts Center also continues to serve as a community center and hall available for private parties and business meetings and seminars, etc.