Sunday, September 18


Festhaus Musig


We’ve played professionally since we were 15 years old. From the Beer Barrel Polka, the Chicken Dance to the Zillertaler Hochszeitsmarsch, our set list combined numbers over 800, including over 300 authentic and current German and Austrian songs.

Combined we play the Steirische (button) accordion as well as the traditional piano accordions, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, guitar and drums.

Donauschwaben Schuhplattlers


Vereins Musikanten


We are the areas largest, year round German band. We have been playing together since 1996, when we were formed by combining the Donauschwaben and Kolping brass bands. Since then we have also added members of the Germania society and Bavarian clubs to our band. Our name, Vereins Musikanten literally translates as “Club Musicians”. We also have an English name, “Cincy German Band”, if Vereins Musikanten is too difficult to remember.

We have a full band and several singers, which allows us to perform traditional and popular German music. Most of our songs are sung in German. While we do play a few American songs, we only play them since they are popular at festivals in Germany.


Zinzinnati Bier Garten

The Bavarians


The Bavarians band plays original german music with original german instrumentation.

Gerhard Albinus Band


We are a High Energy Accordion fronted full on Party Rock Band.
Playing stuff ya’ know, it’s like having the “mp3 player” in shuffle mode.

We keep our audiences engaged and shaking the tail feathers.

Urban Artifact Fest Tent

Kyle Hackett & Matt Walters


I use a loop station to create organic rhythms, bass lines and guitar parts. I try to put my own creative spin on all the songs you hear!

Polka Warriors


We play authentic Bavarian Oktoberfest style musik but don’t take it too seriously.
We will fight for your right to — Polka!

Mel Bryant & The Mercy Makers + The Prickly Pair


Mel Bryant & the Mercy Makers are a Nashville based indie rock band by way of NYC and Philadelphia, making hard hitting rock n’ roll for the restless soul. A gritty, guitar driven sound is met with a unique feminine energy that is equal parts powerful and sensitive; inspired by modern rock women and classic bluesy rockers from St. Vincent and Paramore to Black Sabbath and the Allman Brothers. The group lives together in East Nashville and runs a home recording studio, Electric Church Records, where they record and produce all their own music, and tour as a backing band for countless artists. They’ve since been playing shows and festivals across the country, from Sundance to GroundUp to Okeechobee, from Manhattan to Montreal to Miami, honing their craft, cutting their teeth and sharing their truth with captivated audiences. Their latest single, Relatively Good, is out now on all streaming platforms.

Spaten Fest Tent

Pete Wagner Schnapps Band


We play a variety of eclectic and ethnic music. You probably heard many stories about how the chicken dance came to be, here is the truth. My dad was at Munich Oktoberfest in whatever year that was, and came back with the song “dance Little bird dance” he made copies of the music and passed it on to all the band leaders that were playing that year.
The PWB was formed in 1954 and Pete’s son Paul has taken oven since 1986.

Cincy Brass


The Cincy Brass is a local 9-piece group made up of Jazz & Studio musicians from the Tri-State area. Expect to hear your favorite songs covered in a New Orleans party band style mixed with that Cincy funk!

Radeberger Fest Tent

The Zinzinnati Bierband


Cincinnati Schnapps Band


With such a long history, the band has been through a variety of personnel lineups. We play contemporary arrangements of traditional German favorites along with a variety of American rock, country and jazz. The Band has been led by our founder, John Gulasy, since it began in 1978. We have performed at festivals & events in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Florida.

Weihenstephan Bier Garten

Matt Tolentino Trio


Cincinnati Civic Orchestra


Sally Lukasik Oktoberfest trio


Sam Adams Bier Garten

Smittie’s Schnapps Band


The band’s instrumentation consists of clarinet, baritone, accordion and drums. George “Smittie” Smith founded the band in the 1950’s. Jacque Shoemaker (trumpet) then led the band up until 2014. Smittie’s Schnapps Band continues today playing Traditional German Music in the Cincinnati area.

The Fest Meisters


The band’s instrumentation consists of clarinet, baritone, accordion and drums. George “Smittie” Smith founded the band in the 1950’s. Jacque Shoemaker (trumpet) then led the band up until 2014. Smittie’s Schnapps Band continues today playing Traditional German Music in the Cincinnati area.

Braxton Fass Bar

World Brat Eating Contest


Major League Eaters from across the nation will compete in the annual World Brat-Eating Championship. Eaters will have eight minutes to eat as many brats as possible. The #2-ranked Geoffrey Esper of Oxford, Massachusetts will face off against #5-ranked Nick Wehry of Tampa, Florida, along with Derek Jacobs of Vandalia, Ohio; Eric “Badlands” Booker of Selden, New York; John Gebhard of Fishers, Indiana, and others. Competition will be fierce, since Joey Chestnut leaves the title undefended.

What She Said


Celebrating their 10 year anniversary, What She Said had built a reputation as one of the best party bands in the Tri-State. Featuring a powerful female fronted lead singer, and backed by some of the area’s most experienced musicians, What She Said delivers an irresistible blend of tunes, from party rock to current pop!

Gee, Your Band Smells Terrific


We are the only band in the land (region…maybe midwest…maybe eastern half of US) who plays the Super Hits of the 70s—all original hits, unoriginal artists!

Bringing just-like-the-record arrangements—not the artists; live versions, but in-studio, with NO BACKING TRACKS—and just-like-the-70s fun, outfits and show antics, we make sure every venue and event we play has the grooviest time.