Saturday Small Town Talk: Bavarian Blast in New Ulm, MN

Alpensterne Band from Minnesota

I decided each Saturday I would review things I partook of in this city, or things that my city has to offer.

I live in the city of New Ulm, Minnesota.

This weekend we are having our big German celebration called Bavarian Blast!

Lots of German bands show up to perform their fine music!

People dance a lot to the oompah music.

Alpensterne

https://www.jodler.biz/

Dan Witucki, and his dual Alphorns

https://www.reverbnation.com/danwiituckiandmeinheimatlandmusikanten

Leon Olsen Show

https://m.facebook.com/pages/category/Musician-band/The-Leon-Olsen-Show-436876409808552/

Larry Olsen Band

https://www.larryolsenband.com/contact

Brian Brueggan & the Mississippi Dutchmen

https://m.facebook.com/590653344317744/

Marv Nissel Band

https://m.facebook.com/590653344317744/

Last night I went to see a band called Free Falling, a Tom Petty Tribute band.

https://www.freefallin.us/

Awesome Tom Petty Cover Band

We also saw some of the show, Shirts and Skins.

Shirts & Skins

https://www.shirtsandskinsband.com/

All these bands have appeared at one time or another at our Bavarian Blast.

https://www.bavarianblast.com/

Anyway I’m headed back there tonight to see the Stein Holding contest.

Anyway here I am introducing Leon Olsen

Schunkelfest 2022

Hubby wearing his free T-shirt!

This morning we met around the Glockenspiel for the 8th Annual Schunkelfest!

It was the most well-attended one we had so far, with over 100 people in attendance.

This is the weekend of our Bavarian Blast.

https://www.bavarianblast.com/

Each Friday morning from 7 AM until 8 AM during the weekend of Bavarian Blast we shunkel.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schunkeln

Free t-shirts, free food & drink, live oompah music and group dancing 🎶

It’s a fun time for the whole community!

Even the New Ulm Narren showed up to join in the fun!

The Narren were there too!

http://www.narrenofnewulm.com/

Freaque’s Guitarist’s Unique Techniques

Last night hubby & I went out for some live music.🎶

The group “Freaque” was made up of one singer & 3 musicians that accompanied on a variety of instruments.

It was all original music mainly composed and song by the lead singer Gabriel Roderick.

I was very much impressed with the unique guitar technique with the metal rod on the strings.

The Freaque band plays around Minneapolis

The lead singer calls his brand of song-writing dirt-folk.

https://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2019/08/29/dirt-folk-hero-freaque-shines-a-light-on-darkness

Fun with me & Jim also a music group 🎶

Singing with Hubby on stage last night

Last night our outdoor concert was moved indoors because of an excessive heat warning.

Temperatures were in the high 90’s. It was 97 degrees Fahrenheit (36.11 degrees Celsius) at 7pm, the time when we were supposed to be outside at the park to perform.

Happily, we got to perform indoors, on stage, at the local community center.

Loading up all the equipment was not too bad.

Teamwork and a dolly

I didn’t know if I wanted to dress up or style my hair.

So I just did the easy thing and pulled back my hair.

Ready to sing!

When we got to the venue, the Park and Rec director was there to open doors, turn on the lights and assist us.

She called Maddie O’Connor, a high school senior and fit athlete, to help lift and carry in our heavy speakers and other heavy equipment.

Maddie is a great lifter. She lifts weights, plays hockey, softball and basketball.

The performance venue was changed from German Park to the community center. People began to trickle in.

We eventually had a good-sized audience in spite of the heat outside!

I was a little distracted by all the people coming in at the beginning of show so I kind of got off track during our first number.

Here is a recording of our show last night.

https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/y5JeC

Lots of nostalgic songs, but very fun to perform!

Hubby sent me this to make me laugh 😍

Music in the Park

Over the summer our Park and Rec department puts on free Monday evening concerts in the park.

The Wildflowers all-woman trio performed at night .
Fun for the kiddies

Almost every Monday hubby and I go there to either listen or to perform.

In fact, next Monday night hubby and I will be performing our free concert there.

My music duo Molly and Sonny Boy

Yes it is hot and sunny this time of year, but hopefully, we’ll have a nice breeze like there was last night. Although it is predicted to be 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.78 Celsius when we come on to perform next Monday night!

The MC is my KNUJ boss, Brian

Once again 7pm in German Park, Monday June 20, 2022!

It may get hot or be relocated to the Community Center at 600 N. German, but we’ll have a lot of fun either way!

Here we are with an original sing we composed.

https://youtu.be/kpUAj3OrpYk

Municipal Band Music

Our New Ulm Municipal Band

We really enjoyed the sounds of our Municipal band last night!

Brass band sounds

My favourite was the medley from Meredith Wilson’s, “The Music Man.”

I found out Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster are performing that Hollywood musical on Broadway!

https://youtu.be/pNEqdosDCBY

Molly and Sonny Boy

My own music duo Molly and Sonny Boy (me and hubby Jim) will be performing here at German Park on June 20, 2022!

Here is a sample of our original music!

https://youtu.be/XUhvm5GSq-o

Our Ambassadors

The Concord Singers

We have an all-male vocal group in New Ulm called the Concord Singers.

Their title is New Ulm’s Ambassadors of Goodwill.

https://concordsingers.com/

Last night we went to hear them perform at German Park.

Fun German Songs

The group has been in the area for over 90 years

It’s a nod to our German Heritage here in my hometown of New Ulm, Minnesota!

Each summer the Concord Singers are a part of an annual celebration called Bavarian Blast.

https://www.bavarianblast.com/

Clap along 👏

On the Tube: Herman’s Hermits Band Bio

I just watched this band bio.

https://youtu.be/Vl6V2ymTPl8

Herman’s Hermits had 30 top hits!

Original members of Herman’s Hermits

They added to an LP with a song they thought was rather ridiculous called, “Mrs. Brown you’ve got a lovely daughter.” But of course it became a smash hit!

Many of their songs were released as popular singles.

There is the lead singer Peter Noone, but no Herman in the band.

Peter Noone

Herman was a band name derived from the name Sherman of the American cartoon, “Sherman and Peabody.”

There always seems to be great content in band biographies.

What is your favorite Herman’s Hermits song?

Songs that Come My Way: What a Wonderful World

I see skies of blue

My music duo Molly and Sunny boy recently recorded this song on a video.

Molly and Sonny Boy (Jim and me) singing, “What a wonderful world.”

The song became really popular after a film called, “Good morning Vietnam,” in 1988.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_a_Wonderful_World

Today was a beautiful day. After covering ourselves with bug spray because of the crazy gnats, we took a lovely walk up our street.

A bird sitting on a corner watching us go by

There are some wonderful houses on our street as well.

This place complements their front porch with nude statueary.

Music that heals

Glorious Chopin music 🎶

Last night my husband and I were treated to some beautiful music played by a friend of ours, Ben Marti.

He is a fantastic musician and the son of the owners of Morgan Creek vineyards. He performs each Friday night there.

Wine down Fridays

https://www.morgancreekvineyards.com/staff

Sadly, while he played these glorious tones on the Steinway upright, people yacked loudly, eating, drinking, texting and all I could think was, “Pearls before swine.” Perhaps a bit harsh. Nice atmosphere, nevertheless. Ben says it’s a salon-style vibe.

Nevertheless, after what happened recently in Texas, the horrible elementary school massacre, and the shootings in Buffalo at the grocery store, the music came to me as a balm, and a healing. I so wished many others could be so comforted by it.

The Debussy pieces he played were especially touching and lyrical evoking a feeling of bliss and tranquility. It felt like you were out taking a walk in nature.

Natural beauty in the countryside
Hubby quaffing his Schell’s beer
Classical and Jazz piano played live
I love a glass of Bison Blu wine and heavenly music 🎶
Never stop caring ❤