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die Schlauberger

For over two decades, die Schlauberger (dSb) has proclaimed “expect the unexpected.” Musical proof that entertainers can please just about everyone, dSb is a powerhouse of musical expertise.

Performing festival standards to rock and roll meets alpine power; dSb expends enough energy to light up not only the crowd but the fairground as well. From the moment dSb steps on stage until they have wrung the final note from their last song, the band engages everyone within earshot to join the fun. Their stage show has wowed crowds in venues as varied as the Trump Taj Mahal and Tropicana Casinos in Atlantic City, the Wurstfest in New Braunfels, TX, Oregon’s Mt. Angel Oktoberfest, the Hunter Mountain German Alps Festival, the Cincinnati Oktoberfest, German Fest Milwaukee, Bethlehem Musikfest & NYC Carnegie Hall, to name but a few. They are the only band of their genre to perform a show and sing the American National Anthem to an audience of 50,000 fans at Shea Stadium, the former home of baseball’s New York Mets — and 30,000 + at the former Giants Stadium.

Heidelberg German Band

The Heidelberg German Band from Quincy, IL performs music in the tradition of the German Bier Hall playing Polkas, Waltzes and Big Band music from the 1920’s to 1980’s pop music. The band has been together since 1969 and performs throughout the Midwest.

Turning Point

Turning Point is a five piece band that provides the talent and fun! Several music genres played for all ages and any occasion. Contact us today to book!

Crossfire STL

Crossfire has been playing the St. Louis area for over 14 years providing the best in variety dance music for bars, wineries, private events and festival. If the music has a good beat that makes people dance, they play it! Crossfire is a 4 piece band with 3 lead singers and everyone playing multiple instruments…they sound like a much bigger band! With a nice variety of music, theyare sure to please just about every taste. Come out and see for yourself why Crossfire is one of the most in demand bands in the area.

The Klaberheads

The Franz Klaber Orchestra is Hamilton, Ohio’s oldest band. Although the FKO is a popular band at Oktoberfests and other German functions, the band has never been strictly German in nature. The original Franz Klaber Orchestra was founded in 1930 and led by Franz Klaber, a German immigrant from the Saxony region of Germany, who taught himself to play stringed instruments even before he had an instrument. He used to fasten a string to a windowsill and pluck out tunes!  He taught himself to play mandolin and violin, and later, the saxophone.

The first version of the Franz Klaber Orchestra consisted of a five piece band of fellow German-Americans that played a lot of German folk songs at gatherings and festivals of the Deutscher Hausverein, the local German Society. Franz Sr.’s vision was a band that mixed popular music with traditional German songs. Franz’s daughter Mary Ann sang in the band, and Bill and Franz Klaber, Jr. both joined the band while they were in junior high school. At the age of 24, Franz took over the band when his father died in 1963 (and played a gig the very next day after Franz Sr.’s untimely death).

Franz Jr. took his father’s musical passion and built upon it; leaving his own indelible mark by expanding the band, its repertoire, and instilling an enthusiasm and showmanship that is truly unique. Under his leadership, the band affectionately became known as the Klaberheads. It’s a name that is used for the band as well as the fans!  In 2006 he suffered a stroke and, through his unbelievable determination and courage, was able to make a comeback and resume performing with the band. Through therapy he was able to recover from his paralysis and regain his speech and the ability to walk. He even regained the ability to play his trombone and sing!  While he was recovering, he turned over the group to his daughter, Erika Klaber.

Erika has continued with her father and grandfather’s vision, and has put her own imprint on the group as well. At her father’s urging, she began to play her steel drum in the band. No one could have imagined how well this beautiful instrument would blend with German music!  With a Masters degree in Music Education and Ethnomusicology, Erika has been able to expand the musical repertoire, even adding some original music to the line-up. The fourth generation of Klabers are making their mark as well. Erika’s daughter, Emily Muench, performs regularly with the band, and several of Franz’s and Bill’s children and grandchildren have been apprentice and active members.

The Klaberheads have not only kept a family tradition alive, but have helped keep German Heritage alive musically in Southwest Ohio, as well. Because of the foundation Franz Sr. laid down, and Franz Jr. helped build upon, the Klaberheads have expanded their operating territory and have performed at Disney’s Epcot Center, Yuenglings Oktoberfest in Bethlehem, PA.,  Oktoberfests in Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Lexington, Minster, Maysville, Owensboro,  and most recently, the Wurstfest in New Braunfels, Texas.

In August, September, and October, you will find the Klaberheads at your nearest Oktoberfest beer tent, leading the charge in fun. But the rest of the year, the band takes on a completely different musical appearance and make up. The Klaberheads perform at all types of venues from conventions, summer concert series, and dances. They even host their own New Year’s Eve dance – a popular event in Hamilton that draws a sell-out crowd. From crowd participation numbers to the horn driven tunes of Chicago and Michael Buble, from Big Band to rock ’n roll, the Klaberheads are accomplished musical entertainers that bring a high-energy connection to the audience. Versatility is what makes this talented group of musicians the band that’s in demand. The Klaberheads are the band for ALL SEASONS!

Euro Express

Euro Express is a German-American band specializing in traditional Oktoberfest style music.

Trixie Delight

Take all of your favorite bands from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and now…then, have them play your favorite songs, all on one stage, all in one night.  This is what the audiences coming to see Trixie Delight have come to love and expect from their favorite St. Louis cover band.  Sounds like a huge exaggeration, and biased self opinion made by the bandif you’ve never seen them before – but when you hear for yourself live, the amazing truth… you will become one of the many who show up weekly to feed their addiction.

Formed in 2001, Trixie Delight quickly rose to the top 4 of all of the cover bands in town.  Kelly Wild,  is the front woman/screamer/MC/ lead vocalist – and has become one of St. Louis’ top vocalists and is quite engaging with the crowd. The fact that she can cover songs by the male vocalists who had recorded them, and sound remarkably like the original recording – was an instant success.  People couldn’t believe their ears and eyes, when the band would perform songs from groups like The Doors, Nirvana, and Pearl Jam. Now, add in covers of sexy, rockin’ female artists too – like Adele, Heart, and Gaga -starting to get the picture? Yeah…WOW!

The only way Trixie Delight could cover such a wide variety of songs, is by having one of the most versatile lead guitarists in town, and a rhythm section that is slammin’.  Steve Bunck on drums, and Clint Wilson on guitar, and George Potsos on bass.   They are some of the most talented musicians in St. Louis and keep the mood light and fun on stage. They round out the unique sound of Trixie Delight with their full bodied back up vocals.

The show tends to be a little more on the raucous and risqué side at bars and nightclubs, and adjusts itself accordingly to the climate of private parties, corporate events, and casinos.

Trixie Delight has performed for the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, and the St. Louis Blues organizations.  Kelly Wild has performed at times over the years, with 2 annual tributes at The Pageant – Celebration Day (a Led Zeppelin tribute) and El Monstero (a Pink Floyd tribute.)

Trixie Delight, is all about making the audience have fun while being treated to some of the best music and vocals in the area. So get ready to lose your cares for a few hours, and enjoy the show!

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The Rough Ryders

The Rough Ryders first show was July of 2007. They play country favorites and rock favorites by Johnny Cash, Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, George Strait, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Randy Houser, Little Big Town, Cole Swindell to Name a few

Plastic Kings

Plastic Kings is made up of the former lead vocalist and members of the band Contagious & perform the same songs and style that rock n roll fans love. Plastic Kings is a high energy rock show with big production and performing jaw dropping songs from the biggest names in Rock, pop and classic hits.

Super Jam

SuperJam!
The word invokes the glory of a bygone era.
A time when the Rock was so immense only stadiums could contain it.
A time when a bad seat meant you probably weren’t going to see anything at the show except a cheap beer and some shirtless girls.
And that was fine.

SuperJam!
The name of a mighty quintet of St. Louis rockers-nay-dreamers, who dare to dream that they can bring back those heady days of yesteryear. Bring back screaming guitars and killer rock poses! Bring back racks of keyboards and questionable fashions! Bring back ear splitting vocals and soul crushing bass! Bring back senseless drum solos! Bring back lava lamps and black light posters! SuperJam! A blinding beacon of light in a dark world of oppressive monotony…

Volkstanzgruppe Dance Group

The Volkstanzgruppe of the German Cultural Society of St. Louis is dedicated to the performance of German folk dancing and culture.

The Volkstanzgruppe consists of young adults ages 35 years old and up. Most of the members are between 35-60 years old. It is a relaxed, yet serious, atmosphere as they learn dances from the different regions of Europe. We would love to have you come and see how much fun it is to dance and be part of our group!

Jungendruppe Dance Group

The Youth Group of the German Cultural Society of St. Louis is dedicated to the performance of German folk dancing and culture.

The Jugendgruppe consists of boys and girls ages 13 years old up to 21 years of age. It is a relaxed, yet serious, atmosphere as they learn dances from the different regions of Europe. We would love to have you come and see how much fun it is to dance and be part of our group!

D’Fröhliche Schuhplattler

D’Fröhliche Schuhplattler was formed in 1976 for the purpose of upholding the traditions of Bavarian culture through Schuhplattler (dancing), music, and authentic Bavarian clothing (tracht).
 
The club has performed locally as well as across the United States.  We have been featured at many local festivals, including St. Charles Oktoberfest, and at dances we host in the fall.  (Click here to download our latest dance flyer.)
 
You don’t have to be German or have dancing experience to be a member.  We teach people of all ages dances that have been handed down from one generation to the next.  We also assist in providing outfits (“tracht”) to people interested in becoming members.
 
We hold practice, usually once or twice a month, at Laclede Groves, 723 S. Laclede Station Rd.  Non-members are always welcome.  Please contact us to confirm practice times.

Wir Tanzen Dance Group

The Wir Tanzen gruppe of the German Cultural Society of St. Louis is dedicated to the performance of German folk dancing and culture.

Wir Tanzen consists of young adults ages 21 & older.  It is a relaxed, yet serious, atmosphere as they learn modern German and shuhplattler style dances. We would love to have you come and see how much fun it is to dance and be part of our group!

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