NemethHickory – This year’s Pavilion Stage offers an awesome line up of traditional German music along with an eclectic mix of fantastic talent.

The Foothills Oompah Band starts the festivities on Friday, October 13, beginning at 6:00 pm.  The Foothills Oompah Band brings the mood of A Bavarian autumnal festival to Hickory.  The band goes deep into the festival spirit in their playing. Having played the festival for many years, the Pavilion Stage feels like home to the Foothills Oompah Band.

At 9:30, blues man John Nemeth fearlessly crushes all barriers of style and genre with original songs that defies all the usual pigeonholes.  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 has the Foothills Oompah Band returning to the stage at 12:00 pm.

At 3:30 Joseph Hasty and Centerpiece Jazz take the stage. 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. Featuring Dave Reep (trumpet), Dick Hull (guitar), Jim Clark (bass), Mike Barlowe (drums) and Hasty on guitar and vocals – Centerpiece Jazz is thrilled to be a part of the 2017 Hickory Oktoberfest.

The MessageBeginning at 5:50, the high-energy steel drum band Pan Jive will energize you! Pan Jive offers the sounds of the Caribbean islands as well as many popular and original compositions.

The Message starts jamming at 7:30.  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.

Friday night’s headliner is McKinney Gap, a progressive bluegrass band with deep roots in the traditional, from Charlotte, North Carolina. The fiddling begins at 9:30.

The Hickory Jazz Orchestra starts off Sunday’s Pavilion Stage music beginning at 12:30 pm. The Hickory Jazz Orchestra 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.

OompahBand2016Rounding out Sunday’s line up is the Foothills Oompah Band, taking the stage for their final 2017 set beginning at 2:30 pm.

2017 Sponsors: Hickory Downtown Development Association, City of Hickory, Food Lion, Sheetz, Pepsi, United Beverages, Charter Spectrum, Focus Newspaper, WHKY, WMNC Big Dawg, Hickory Jaycees, WSGE, Hickory Music Factory and Touring Logistics.

For more information on Oktoberfest 2017, guidelines or sponsorship information please visit the website www.hickoryoktoberfest.com or email info@downtownhickory.com.
Images: John Nemeth
Foothills Oompah Band
Joseph Hasty and Centerpiece Jazz