Hickory's Oktoberfest Guide 2017



Main Stage
7:00 - 8:45 pm - King Biscuit Trio
9:15 - 10:45pm - Nantucket

Pavilion Stage

6:00 - 9:00 pm - Foothills Oompah Band
9:30 - 11:00 pm - John Nemeth

Hickory Music Factory Stage

8:00 - 8:30 pm - Chris McGinnis
9:00 - 9:30 pm - Against All Odds
10:00 - 10:30 pm - HEFT

Singer Songwriter Stage

6:15 - 7:15 pm - Michael Miller
7:45 - 8:45 pm - Carly Rogers & Allie Colleen

Main Stage

5:30 - 6:45 pm - Doesn’t Madder
7:15 - 8:45 pm - Red Dirt Revelators
9:15 - 10:45 pm - On The Border -
The Ultimate Eagles Tribute Band!

Pavilion Stage

12:00 - 3:00 pm - Foothills Oompah Band
3:30 - 5:00 pm - Joseph Hasty & Centerpiece Jazz
5:30 - 7:00 pm - Pan Jive Band
7:30 - 9:00 pm - The Message
9:30 - 11:00 pm - McKinney Gap

Hickory Music Factory Stage

10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Rick Cline & P3
12:30 - 2:00 pm - Rick Cline, Steel Groovin’ & Pandemic
2:30 - 3:00 pm - Camryn Wilson
3:30 - 5:30 pm - Hickory Parks & Rec Music Showcase
6:00 - 6:30 pm - Gabrielle Sophia
7:00 -8:30 pm - “Best Of” HMF CD Release Party
9:00 - 9:30 pm - Vermillion
10:00 - 10:30 pm - The Salesman

Singer Songwriter Stage

12:15 - 1:15 pm - Thomas Aaron Garlow
1:45 - 2:45 pm - Tony Eltora 
3:15 - 4:15 pm - Doug Thompson
4:45 - 5:45 pm - Nathan Storey  
6:15 - 7:15 pm - Matt Walsh
7:45 - 8:45 pm - David Childers

Kidfest Stage

12:00 pm - Foothills Gymnastics
1:00 pm - Suzuki School of Music
2:00 pm - Sims Country Cloggers
3:00 pm - Clayter Kaye Theaterworks


Main Stage

1:00 - 1:30 pm - Reggie Rocc
2:00 - 5:00 pm - Devotion and Friends

Pavilion Stage

12:30 - 2:00 pm - Hickory Jazz Orchestra
2:30 - 5:00 pm - Foothills Oompah Band

Roving: Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Bob Wilusz, strolling accordionist, will be playing German music for your enjoyment.
Friday • 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Saturday • 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Saturday • 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Sunday 1 :00 - 4:00 pm


Friday, October 13

The King Biscuit Trio

They make music. Loud rock and roll, and country, and R&B, and comedy, and whatever you and your friends wanna hear. We take everything we love about music, throw it into a big pile and do our best to set it on fire!


Still retaining the reputation as one of the most entertaining bands of all time, the band members today consist of Tommy Redd, Larry Uzzell, Mike Uzzell, Eddie Blair, Jason Patterson and Ronnie Waters. They are busy creating new material and performing close to home for the ever-loyal and enthusiastic Nantucket fans at various venues (mostly) throughout the southeastern United States. These guys aren't about stop!

Saturday, October 14

Doesn’t Madder Band

The Carolina’s Hottest Party Band, whose set list covers every popular type of music, we cover songs from Bands such as 3 Doors Down to Johnny Cash and everything in between.

Red Dirt Revelators

The Red Dirt Revelators are a dirty blues roots band, and not in the manner of lyrics or distortion. The dirt is in the grooves, Red Dirt grooves, with lyrics that reveal a story, a truth, and sometimes even an emotional Revelation. The Red Dirt Revelators are powered by the irresistible "Big Deluxe" dirt engine of Jason Gardner on drums, and Clay Ford on bass. The band gets their supercharger cut from the incredible guitar work of Jamie Trollinger and the voice of Willie Shane Johnston; when he gets to revelatin' on harp and that nasty voice lights up he couldn't hold back the gasoline, even if he wanted to.

On The Border - Ultimate
Eagles Tribute Band

On the Border - The Ultimate Eagles Tribute from Charlotte, NC, continues to be one of the most exciting and authentic Tribute bands in the country! Anointed "The Greatest EAGLES Tribute in the World" by AXSTV & Host Katie Daryl, they have been satisfying audiences all around the country at Festivals, Music Venues, Corporate and Private events. They provide a family-friendly show that guarantees EVERYONE has a GREAT time!

The talented lineup of musicians which makes up On the Border, hale from Boston, MA down to Charlotte, NC. Featuring Tracy Maples on Vocals and Guitar, Tim Giovanniello on Vocals and Guitar, Bill Morgan on Vocals and Guitar, Andy Young on Vocals and Drums, Scott Sobota on Vocals and Bass, Bob Orazi on Vocals, Keys and Guitar. Some of the most sought after musicians on the East Coast with years of experience in other projects from formerly signed National Acts to heralded Regional Groups. What sets this EAGLES Tribute apart from ANY other, is they were each hand selected to play the respected member.

Not only to recreate the music of that Eagles member, but just as importantly, emulate their sound as well. On the Border does just that, and Exceptionally well. Prepare to be amazed!

Sunday, October 15

1-2pm • Reggie Rocc Reginald “Reggie Rocc”

Jones was born and raised in Spartanburg, SC. His love for music inspired him to enter into the world of gospel music in 2013. Later, this love and passion also led him to create his ministry called “Rocc Bottom”. Rocc Bottom is a inspirational clothing and music based brand that aims to inspire people of all colors.

Along with his wife, Wendy who also holds the title of booking manager, Reggie travels spreading the gospel through is inspirational music.

2-5pm • Devotion
and Friends

Headlining the day’s music will be Devotion. Devotion has become the most watched group in the Carolinas as well as beginning to surface more and more in the national arena after a spellbound performance on Bobby Jones Gospel.

The group is strongly committed to their religious belief to inspire, to educate, and to empower all walks of life to the way of Christ.


Friday, October 13

6-9pm • Foothills
Oompah Band

The Foothills Oompah Band brings the mood of A Bavarian autumnal festival to Hickory. The first Oktoberfest festival began when Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese on Oct. 12, 1810.

The band goes deep into the festival spirit in their playing. Their performance is modeled after a traditional German autumnal Festival. Having played the festival for many years, the Pavilion Stage feels like home to the Foothills Oompah Band. www.foothillsoompahband.com

John Nemeth

Don’t try to snatch him back and hold him, he’s a man on the move. John Németh has already established himself among the very top ranks of blues musicians and modern soul singers. Németh fearlessly crushes all barriers of style and genre with original songs that defies all the usual pigeonholes.

Drawing from his strong influences in blues and R&B, playing with the folks like Elvin Bishop and Junior Watson, as well as contemporary sounds in hip hop and rock & roll, John creates music that is personal as well as universal, and owes its origin to no one but John Németh. John’s songs are groove and melody-driven, laced with thoughtful lyrics and nuanced humor. He creates his songs from melodies and phrases he draws from the sounds of life, from early-morning Memphis songbirds to the din of the city.

John brings with him his great touring band, the Blue Dreamers – Danny Banks on drums, Matthew Wilson on bass and guitar, and Johnny Rhodes on guitar.

Saturday, October 14

12-3pm • Foothills
Oompah Band

3:30-5pm Joseph Hasty
& Centerpiece Jazz

Joseph Hasty formed his group “Centerpiece Jazz” in 1995 and has been performing straight ahead classic jazz to enthusiastic audiences for over 20 years.

Playing swing tunes, show tunes, Latin jazz and original compositions - written in the tradition of the Great American Songbook format – Centerpiece Jazz has been a solid musical fixture in the greater Hickory area providing a danceable beat and a sophisticated sound for discerning ears.

Hasty is a three-time recipient of the Emerging Artist Grant awarded in conjunction with the NC Arts Council. As musical ambassadors in conjunction with the Western Piedmont Sister Cities Association - the group has recently completed a successful tour of Germany performing nine concerts in 14 days including shows in Munich, Stuttgart, Freiburg and Altenburg. Featuring Dave Reep (trumpet), Dick Hull (guitar), Jim Clark (bass), Mike Barlowe (drums) and Hasty on guitar and vocals.

5:30-7pm • Pan Jive

Pan Jive has been in existence since 1998. Known originally as a community program, the group has evolved into a professional, working ensemble based out of Hickory, North Carolina.

Pan Jive is a high-energy steel drum band, offering the sounds of the Caribbean islands as well as many popular and original compositions. The group has performed all over NC and surrounding states and recently released their premiere CD, "Party In Our Pans!" www.panjive.org

7:30-9pm • The Message

The Message is a musical collective from the foothills of North Carolina. The band consist of three core members and are joined by numerous musicians, making each show different and unique The core members are Kevin Plant on guitar, Marty White on drums and Rick Hefner on sax and flute.

Spanning music genres from Cool Jazz to Jam to Funk and Soul, the group relies heavily on improvised jams and grooves. Work on their sophomore album is in the works and is scheduled for a fall 2017 release.

The new album will feature Snarky Puppy's Chris Bullock on sax, Aliki Ashman of Ginger Baker's Airforce on some vocals, and also a few other surprise guests.

9:30-11pm McKinney Gap

McKinney Gap is a progressive bluegrass band with deep roots in the traditional, from Charlotte, North Carolina.

Sunday, October 15

12:30-2pm • Hickory
Jazz Orchestra

The Hickory Jazz Orchestra (HJO) is a full size 18-piece group that performs swing and big band classics from the era of Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. As well as the sounds of modern big bands. www.hickoryjazzorchestra.com

2:30-5pm • Foothills
Oompah Band



Friday, October 13

Chris McGinnis

Chris McGinnis is a songwriter from Morganton, North Carolina and a student of music and literature at Appalachian State University.

For almost a decade, Chris has been synthesizing influences from country, blues, and jazz into songs that can only be described as rock n' roll.

Against All Odds

Against All Odds is an Alternative rock band from Dallas, North Carolina currently consisting of three members Juan Rico, Jesse “Woodhouse” O’Sheal, and Trey Pickens.

The band's music has influences ranging from Avenged Sevenfold and Guns N’ Roses to Green Day and Queens of the Stone Age.

10-10:30pm • HEFT

HEFT. A sacred word that defines everything to do with disgust, self-evaluation, expression, and healing all in one four-letter word.

With driving riffs, vocals that strike an equilibrium between anger and melody, and crushing tempos, this animal cannot be tamed, only teased. Hailing from Granite Falls, NC; HEFT was put on this earth to experience the weight of the world that lies on their shoulders and convert it into a sound that proves it can be lifted. Music Videos: This Life - www.youtube.com/watch?v=HW7yRkw92kk

Saturday, October 14

Rick Cline & P3

The Piedmont Percussion Program was founded by and is under the direction of Rick Cline. P3 is a nationally recognized community percussion program with over 60 kids ages 5 to18 from the surrounding area.

Participants get the chance to learn and perform on a wide variety of percussion instruments from timpani, snare, mallets, drum set, African drums and so much more. Rehearsals are one hour on Sundays for 13 weeks at the SALT block. For more information and/ or schedule of rehearsals please visit www.px-3.org or text 828-320-2959.

Rick Cline & Pandemic

Pandemic Community Steel drums bands exist to provide playing and performance opportunities on steel drums and are a part of the Piedmont Percussion Program.

The adult group Steel Groovin, and the teen group Pandemic both play traditional Caribbean tunes as well as modern arrangements of pop tunes under the direction of Rick Cline. www.px-3.org.

Camryn Wilson

Camryn is an eighteen year old singer songwriter from North Carolina. Camryn is excited to have released Glimpse, her debut EP. Glimpse is a mix of catchy upbeat songs and ballads.

Camryn has been an opening act for groups like Shenandoah and Lorrie Morgan, sang at amazing venues like the Spectrum Center in Charlotte and the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and has been a featured performer for the Novant Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Wheeling Festival of Lights Parade singing her original song, It's Christmas on her own float! www.camrynwilsonmusic.com

3:30-5:30pm • Parks & Recreation Music

The Hickory Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with Hickory Music Factory is offering a Musical Showcase for local artists. Bands and solo artists will have the opportunity to show off their musical talents.

Gabrielle Sophia

Gabrielle Sophia began her musical journey at the young age of 12. That summer she picked up a guitar lying around the house and began teaching herself to play. She also began writing songs about situations she was in as a teen, as well as songs from other people's perspectives, as a way to express empathy and reflection.

At 14 she performed at a coffeehouse for the first time. The feeling of being on stage and sharing her music with others was addictive and came very natural to her. She began going to open-mics and becoming involved in the Charlotte music community. She has played at prominent venues such as The Double Door Inn, and the Evening Muse, and has hosted a youth open mic for other young musicians.

7-8:30pm • "Best Of" HMF CD Release Party

Students from the Hickory Music Factory competed in a contest to be on the 1st installment of the "Best Of" HMF CD Project. Students were able to write an original song or arrange a previously recorded song then go into the studio and record and mix down their work. Over 30 students/groups entered and 11 were chosen. Students chosen include: Brock Pate, Claire Van Meter, Richard Paul, Sara Paul, Bruce Caldwell, Ava Pendley, Karen Warren, Charlie Hooker, Jaden Leatherman, Katherine Reese, Tyler Dinh, Evan Guthrie, HMF Youth Big Band. Elsie Alderman's art work was chosen for the cover of the CD.

9-9:30pm • Vermillion

Vermillion is a new, NC based band composed of singer-songwriter, Maya Atkins, guitarist Charlotte O’Boyle, and drummer, Chase. The band members attend East Mecklenburg High, Chase and Maya as seniors, Charlotte, as a junior. The band’s blends elements of punk, rock, jazz, blues and more. Vermillion has made appearances in Charlotte, performing in venues such as the Neighborhood Theatre & Lunchbox Records.

The Salesmen

Dawson Clark and Nathan Childres started playing guitar together in 2015 just for the fun of it, but when they attempted to play more difficult music and foolishly believed they were good, they decided to form The Salesmen and started looking for a drummer. After about two months of relentless searching, they finally found one.

Although Amar Donepudi had only been playing for a grand total of two weeks and could barely keep a steady tempo, he was good friends with both Dawson and Nathan; so they reluctantly let him into the band. Fast-forward to December of 2016 and Amar along with the rest of the band are now perfectly average at their instruments. As they began listening to more difficult and obscure music and decided on metal/fusion as their style, they quickly realized that they needed a bassist. When he ran sound for Rock Camp 2016, Amar caught up with an old friend from elementary school, Miguel Henning, who played guitar in the metal band, Molotov Sixx. Mildly impressed by Miguel’s ability as a guitar player, Amar asked him to play bass in the band. As of August 2017, Miguel is now mediocre at bass. With these four musicians combined, you get The Salesmen - a group inspired by the most beloved bands in the world that nobody's ever heard of.


Friday, October 13

Michael Miller

Michael Miller is a singer songwriter from Hickory, NC. Michael's influences include artists such as Eric Clapton, John Mayer, David Gilmour, Robert Cray, Derek Trucks, George Harrison, Doc Watson and any other soulful guitar driven music.

He has performed at venues across NC with previous bands and is now working on a solo project. You can find him playing with his trio or playing solo at venues within a close proximity to Hickory, NC. He is currently working on a new album which should be released in the next year.

7:45-8:45pm Carly Rogers and Allie Colleen

Carly Rogers knew she was meant to leave her hometown in Vermont from the age of 4. She moved to Nashville, Tennessee as soon as she could when she was 17 years old to pursue her dream of writing songs and playing music.

Since then Carly has sang in every state east of the Mississippi River and some beyond.

She's currently working on her debut EP and is excited for her summer tour dates! Allie Colleen, singer songwriter from Oklahoma. I am currently living in Nashville attending college for songwriting and music business.

Saturday, October 14

12:15-1:15pm Thomas Aaron Garlow

An award winning, national recording artist and a baby boomer, born in the hills of West Virginia, Thomas now lives in the mountains of western North Carolina. He has been playing music since he was twelve after listening to his brother’s new Chet Atkins record.

During his adolescence, he worked his summers on farms in eastern North Carolina where he spent many steamy afternoons drinking corn liquor (illegally) and playing the Delta and Piedmont blues with his tenant farmer coworkers.

Thomas began songwriting, seriously, when hired by a major record label in Nashville in 1970. He also worked as a session musician and backup musician and singer for several bands and solo artists over the years.

During the late 60’s and early 70’s, Thomas was part of the emerging folk scene and performed all over the east coast and beyond, opening for artists such as Gordon Lightfoot, Ian and Sylvia, Phil Ochs, John Prine and more.

After putting his music career in the back seat, for several decades, to marry and raise a family, he released his first CD in 2015, and is now working on his second. Thomas performs both solo and with his band.

Acclaimed for his mastery of the guitar, his style has been described as smooth and powerful. He has been heavily influenced by his Appalachian roots and his experiences on the rural farms of eastern North Carolina. His seasoned vocals and home-spun storytelling, bring a subtle but “straight to the heart” strength and intimacy to his performances.

Tony Eltora

Imagine Paul Simon hanging out with John Scofield playing Muddy Waters songs, this is what Tony Eltora's music sounds like.

Influenced by blues, rock and jazz music, Tony began writing and performing at a young age in clubs and at festivals in Richmond VA before moving to Hickory NC in 2001.

Known for his raw soulful playing and smooth guitar tone, Eltora infuses funky guitar hooks with African roots based rhythms to create a unique and powerful sound. Accompanied by a monster rhythm and horn section, Tony’s 6-piece band is the perfect vehicle for his music.

Eltora has shared the stage with many national and regional musicians including, Tim Reynolds, Sam Bush, Keller Williams, George Porter Jr, Oteil Burbridge, and Acoustic Syndicate, to name a few. His debut CD “Between Love and Tragedy” showcases his masterful work on the guitar along with his insightful and thought provoking lyrics. Telling stories of love, loss and rebirth, Eltora’s songwriting is authentic and real. Website: http://tonyeltora.com/

Doug Thompson

Singer-songwriter, Douglass Thompson spins yarns one program director called "three minute novels, alternately gripping, touching and hilarious, filled with honesty, wit and insight"

His 2014 CD "It Was A Good Plan: Live At The Evening Muse" was well received by No Depression magazine.

Nathan Storey

Nathan Storey is a seasoned folk rock singer songwriter from Charlotte, NC. Nathan has developed a sound where, “he puts lush emotion and sincerity into each note making any listener sit up and take notice…his melodies and chord changes become hook laden delights,” as described by John Fonvielle, The Beat Magazine.

In his songwriting, "Storey weaves intimate tunes, filled with emotion and powerful metaphor," as detailed by Hunter Gardner of Charleston Grit. Nathan has released two albums, The Falcon and the Fox in June of 2012, and A Sea To Sail, in May of 2015.

Matt Walsh

"He loves Old School Chicago Blues and has already gone a long way towards playing it with authentic tone and command of the guitar language.

He can sing it too, and improves every time I hear him. He is young today and will keep this style alive on bandstands and preserve it as more than history. He may develop so much himself that he will take the style forward with his own contributions..." - Bob Margolin (former guitarist for Muddy Waters 1973-1980) Blues Revue Magazine national publication.

David Childers

Singer-songwriter David Childers is the proverbial study in contradictions. A resident of Mount Holly, North Carolina, he’s a former high-school football player with the aw-shucks demeanor of a good ol’ Southern boy.

But he’s also a well-read poet and painter who cites Chaucer and Kerouac as influences, fell in love with folk as a teen, listens to jazz and opera, and fed his family by practicing law before turning in his license to concentrate on his creative passions.

The legal profession’s loss is certainly the music world’s gain. Childers’ new album, Run Skeleton Run, releasing May 5, 2017 on Ramseur Records, is filled with the kinds of songs that have made him a favorite of fans and fellow artists including neighbors the Avett Brothers. Scott Avett contributes to four tracks, and Avetts bassist Bob Crawford co-executive produced the effort with label head Dolph Ramseur. (Crawford and Childers, both history buffs, have recorded and performed together in the Overmountain Men). www.davidchilders.com www.youtube.com/watch?v=prMh1kCi9TI


Saturday, October 14

12pm - Foothills Gymnastic s
1 pm - Suzuki School of Music
2 pm - Sims Country Cloggers
3 pm - Clayter Kaye Theaterworks


Friday • 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Saturday • 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Saturday • 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Sunday 1 :00 - 4:00 pm

Bob Wilusz, strolling accordionist, will be playing German music for your enjoyment.

Food Lion Donates Five Thousand Pounds Of Food To The Oktoberfest Castle Of Cans

Hickory – The annual Oktoberfest celebration in Hickory, Oct. 13-15, will once again feature the construction of a Castle of Cans to help feed those in need in Catawba County. The county wide canned food drive provides added supplies to soup kitchens and agencies that help families in need in our communities. For the second year, Food Lion is donating 5,000 pounds of canned goods to the castle through its Food Lion Feeds hunger relief initiative.

"As a proud community partner, Food Lion is pleased to again support the Castle of Cans and help feed the hungry in Hickory," said Dale Oelkers, Food Lion's Director of Operations for the Hickory area. "Through our Food Lion Feeds initiative, Food Lion has committed to donate 500 million meals by 2020 because we believe that no one should have to choose between dinner and rent or gas and groceries. We look forward to continuing to serve the Hickory community for many years to come."

Castle of Cans coordinator Jan Knotts said, “We are so appreciative of the boost that Food Lion’s donation gives to the Castle of Cans. For the past 18 years, students of all ages around the county have donated the cans to build the castle. Seeing the generosity of a local grocery chain can only help them with their enthusiasm for the food drives in their schools.”
The Susan L. Coleman Castle of Cans is the charitable community service component of Oktoberfest. Hickory Downtown Development Association sponsors the event and St. Alban’s Episcopal Church coordinates the food drive.

Most of the cans are collected through drives conducted by students in public and private schools throughout Catawba County, but drives are also held at some churches, businesses and community organizations.

If you would like to donate to the drive, you may bring cans at any participating school or to two community drop off locations: Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse on 2nd Street NW in Hickory and the Habitat ReStore on 8th Street Drive SE across from Home Depot.

Last year 17,411 pounds or 8-3/4 tons of food was distributed to the following agencies: The Corner Table of Newton, Eastern Catawba County Cooperative Christian Ministries, Exodus Homes, The Family Care Center, Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministries, The Hickory Soup Kitchen, The Salvation Army, and Second Harvest Food Bank.

For information about Oktoberfest, please contact 828-322-1121. For information about the Castle of Cans, please contact Jan Knotts at 828-495-3029.

Eddie Hamrick Demonstrates During Hickory’s Oktoberfest

Hickory - Hickory’s Oktoberfest is the place to be on October 13, 14 and 15, 2017 when the festival will be celebrating its 32nd year! There will be music, amusement rides, games, food vendors, arts and crafts, vendors and much, much more!

Master Craftsperson Eddie Hamrick will take the stage Under the Sails in the Juried Craft Area, where you can watch as he demonstrates his skills.

As the official woodwright of North Carolina of North Carolina, Eddie Hamrick has made it his lifelong mission to advance and exemplify true artisanship. His passion for woodworking, combined with his creativity and skill, have created an artist who is quite sought after. Eddie started his career designing and building quality furniture at Hickory chair. Forty two years later, his career is inspiring. He was ranked as the seventh best furniture designer in the world at the High Point Furniture Market. He has been a North Carolina State Craftsman each year since 1990. Eddie has received Business Awards for Arts and Humanities from Governor Martin and Governor Hunt, and he spent 10 years as the John Campbell Folk School’s Instructor of the Year.

For more information, please visit our website,www.hickoryoctoberfest.com.

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