Today the Pearl Strings and the German Stammtisch played and sang for Oktoberfest at the Senior Center. It was our first gig with our new stand banners. I designed them, and we had them professionally embroidered. Barb sewed them up and backed them so they could slip on the stand. Our ultimate goal is to play without music, but we are so far from that that we thought it might be fun to use the stands to get a little brand recognition going!
The Pearl Strings did several polkas, mixed in with some of our favorite songs, including Country Roads and Berry Picking Time.
The Senior Center's German Stammtisch (German club) joined us on four songs sung entirely in German. They were super enthusiastic and got the crowd clapping! Six of our Stammtisch members were there, and three of them are authentic Germans who really understood what Oktoberfest is all about! (Apparently, drinking beer!)
The band backed up the German songs, and I was able to dust off the accordion to make it extra fun!
On Du, Du, Liegst Mir am Herzen we had a couple from the audience spontaneously jump up and waltz with us. It was beautiful!
On the Clarinet Polka, Gudrun scoured the audience for people willing to dance. She found a few, and the cook even came out of the kitchen to kick up her heels!
It was a very fun gig, and we enjoyed it immensely! I'd just like to say, "Eins, Zwei, Drei, G'Suffa!"