Alyeska Resort Celebrates Oktoberfest Festivities Over Two Weekends
September 11, 2013 (Girdwood, Alaska) – The celebration of Bavarian culture and traditions spans two weekends this year at Alyeska Resort. The festivities will be held on Friday, October 4, 2013 through Sunday, October 6, 2013; and continue the following weekend, Friday, October 11, 2013 through Sunday, October 13, 2013. The event takes place in the Alyeska Resort Daylodge. Entry into the festival is free and open to all ages.
Alyeska Resort kicks off Oktoberfest with the upbeat and brass sounds of The Alaska Polka Buzz and Alaska Blaskapelle. The Anchorage-based Alaska Blaskapelle has 12 to 15 musicians playing at a time dressed in traditional German Lederhosen and the band plays classic German music in the Bavarian style. The Alaska Blaskapelle will play afternoon sets from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. on Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, 2013.
The second weekend of Oktoberfest features live music by Chalon and Alaska’s Main Squeeze. Alaska’s Main Squeeze is a piano accordion band that incorporates acoustic guitar and harmonica into their sound, playing a variety of musical styles that include polka, waltz, swing, folk and gospel. Alaska’s Main Squeeze will perform from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. on Friday and Saturday, October 11 and 12, 2013.
Leaving behind traditional sounds, the closing musical act for each weekend of Oktoberfest will feature Rebel Blues Band and Nervis Rex, both top-bill Alaskan bands.
Anchorage-based Rebel Blues Band is a self-proclaimed blues band with a funk addiction. The band has roots deep in the blues traditions of Robert Johnson and honors the sound of blues greats such as Pinetop Perkins and John Lee Hooker. The sweet vocal sounds of Donald Hill backed by the keyboard highlights of Rob Woolsey results in outstanding blues rhythm punctuated by a white-hot guitar performance.
Nervis Rex has been called “Anchorage’s original skansters” by the Anchorage Daily News. Formed in 1997 by vocalist/drummer Scott Emery, guitarist Carlos Martinez, bassist Andy Rogers and sax player Don Cosgrove, Nervis Rex rocks on with upbeat brass sounds central to the Ska movement.
Local Girdwood musician Andy Mullen and his band will provide the entertainment on Sunday for both weekends of Oktoberfest from 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
The weekend will feature Bavarian delicacies and classical German dishes from top chefs at Alyeska Resort. The German fare this year offers plenty of opportunity to sample your favorite dishes. Menu items include Sauerbraten, Pork Schnitzel, Grilled Bratwurst, Beer Braised Schweinehaxe, and giant Bavarian pretzels.
The Hotel Alyeska is offering a special Oktoberfest lodging package which includes one-night stay in a deluxe room, breakfast plus Oktoberfest steins with drink tickets for each adult. The package starts from $179 per night and is subject to availability, taxes and fees. Reservations can be by calling 907-754-2111 or visiting AlyeskaResort.com.
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Alyeska Resort is Alaska's premier year-round destination featuring The Hotel Alyeska, an award-winning 304 room full-service property. Located just 40 miles from Anchorage and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Alyeska Resort is your base camp for summer and winter excursions. Alyeska Resort stands out during ski season with 650” of average snowfall annually and the longest-continuous double black diamond ski run in North America. Learn more about the resort and plan your Alaskan adventure at www.AlyeskaResort.com or 800.880.3880.