Get your German on at Emu Park

Look out for Sneaky Schnitzel at Oktoberfest.

Lions Club of Emu Park Inc

The Emu Park Oktoberfest is back on Saturday, 23 October at Bell Park, Emu Park.

Experience some good old-fashioned German style entertainment from noon including games and competitions throughout the afternoon and party into the evening.

Enter the hammer and nail and stein holding competitions, kartoffelpuffer eating contests, learn the Fillgerlig dance, or be a contender for the best chicken dance or yodeler. Dust off the dirndl and lederhosen and dress to impress and be selected in the line up for the best dressed Oktoberfest Prince and Princess.

Feature entertainment will be German party band ‘Sneaky Schnitzel’ from the German Club in Brisbane with all the traditional Bavarian folk songs and some great party hits. The four performers appearing for Sneaky Schnitzel are all highly accomplished musicians.

Mike Barber, on lead vocals and guitars, has been a mainstay of the Brisbane music scene and created some of Queensland’s most successful acts and played with and supported such artists as George Harrison, Sting, John Farnham, The Pointer Sisters, Wendy Mathews, Mental as Anything, and more. Nathan Parker, on sax/clarinet and lead vocals, considered one of the best woodwind exponents in Australia, has played with Glen Shorrock, Brian Cadd and is currently performing in a Blues Brothers, Bruce Springsteen and Dire Straits tribute band. Mike and Nathan also perform together as the duo ‘Safe Sax’ and have won multiple awards together in entertainment.

Scott Browne, on keys trumpet/trombone and lead vocals, began his career by completing a Bachelor of Music and being awarded “most outstanding instrumentalist”. Scott formed his own group and toured all over the world for the past 20 years. He can be heard regularly on radio and tv in the capacity of brass player or composer/arranger and has toured with countless orchestras and bands including being the musical director and keyboard player for the iconic Australian group ‘Little River Band’.

The fourth member of the group, Pete Neville, has a wealth of experience as a musician and an MC/host. With his background in theatre and live music, touring nationally and internationally, he easily brings an energetic, comic and professional delivery to lift any crowd.

Pete’s specialty is Oktoberfest games and parties from years of performing at the Lowenbrau in The Rocks Sydney and at the Munich in Southbank Brisbane. Pete is also a fantastic drummer and has toured with countless jazz and pop groups internationally as a professional drummer.

Backing up this powerhouse group of four will be our own local dynamic duo ‘Dawn and The Sax’ who play a diverse range of music including soul, R&B, jazz, pop and rock. Dawn, a very talented and experienced singer with great stage presence, is a natural performer who interacts with the audience to create an exciting atmosphere.

Greg, a highly accomplished saxophone player with many years of experience, is a multi talented, passionate performer who also plays flute and harmonica, complimenting perfectly Dawn’s soulful vocals. Patrons who stay until the end will see an epic performance with both groups combining for the finale.

Emu Park Lions Oktoberfest Co-ordinator, Denis Ratcliffe, said patrons will have a fantastic time at the Festival but he would like to see that all patrons remain safe by organising their accommodation and transport beforehand to avoid drinking and driving. Check out the bus times with Youngs Bus Services running their usual Saturday service along with extra services provided from Emu Park to get people home safely.

So, if you are a lover of great entertainment, good fun and a penchant for chicken dancing, then the Emu Park Oktoberfest is the place for you.

Tickets are available on https:///wwwtrybooking.com/BUDEL or at the gate.

Cost is 18 years plus-$20 plus booking fee; 15-18 years-$5; under 15 free.

Persons under 18 are not permitted after 6pm. Pass outs are allowed.

For more information, go to www.emuparkoktoberfest.com