Five Best Things About Lake Worth's Oktoberfest

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Michele Eve Sandberg

Picture it: Munich, 1810.

OK, so you probably can't without the help of a Google search. But that's when Germany's first Oktoberfest took place to honor the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Since then, the world has been celebrating that special day by boozing heavily while garbed in lederhosen.

Traditionally, Oktoberfest starts late September and ends on Germany Unity Day, October 3. We do it up in South Florida until two weeks before Halloween with beer, babes, and brautwurst.

This past weekend marked the second Oktoberfest celebration this year of the American German Club of the Palm Beaches at 5111 Lantana Road in Lake Worth. Since it's one of the largest Oktoberfests in the country, we decided to attend and see if the fest really lives up to its reputation.

The verdict? Yes, yes it does. Although it was hard to narrow it down, here is our list of the five best things about Lake Worth's Oktoberfest.

See also: The American-German Club of the Palm Beaches' Oktoberfest 2014 in Lake Worth (Photos)


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Everymen Generations Release Party - Propaganda, Lake Worth - October 18

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On Saturday, October 18, the quirky Lake Worth masses converged upon downtown venue Propaganda to drink, be merry, and behold the release of Everymen's latest effort, Generations. It was one heck of a party, complete with puppets, confetti, silly string, and pool toys.

The evening began rather innocuously at 9 p.m. with Zoo Peculiar, the members of which suited up for the event and played their particular brand of polka-punk to an inward trickling audience. Next came the Birthday Candles which dealt in a sort of turn of the millennium pop-punk a la New Found Glory. The band showed some obvious talent. However, its sound unfortunately seemed out of place amongst the four other acts of the gypsy-punk kind. The group announced it was kicking off an East Coast tour to much applause.


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Conspirator's Marc Brownstein on Hulaween 2014, His New Act Electron, and Social Activism

Categories: Interview, Q&A

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Andrew Scott Blackstein
As Halloween draws nearer, so does the annual, aptly titled Hulaween Festival at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park. It's four days of camping and jamming out to Medicine for the People, the String Cheese Incident, Thievery Corporation -- the lineup goes for days.

But there's only one man with the power of two bands seeking rain check redemption after last year's fest, and that man is Marc Brownstein. Opening the festival during the Thursday pre-party with Electron and guaranteed to keep your feet moving throughout the days ahead with Conspirator, the Disco Biscuits' bassist sat down with New Times to talk about what it's like to help create a genre and how the misspelling of his name lead to his proudest Halloween costume to date.


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Honey, Sub-Culture's Newest Nightlife Concept, Opens in Downtown Delray Beach

Categories: Nightlife

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From Dada to Camelot to Kill Your Idol, Sub-Culture Restaurant Group's got almost all the markets covered. The ever-expanding empire is launching its latest nightlife concept, Honey, set to open on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach later this month.

According to Honey partner Scott Frielich, the new spot will add just a little more "hip" to the downtown Delray Beach scene. He describes it as a "sophisticated lounge meets nightclub," something he and partner Rodney Mayo hope will change the nightlife landscape of the city's downtown area.


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SomeKindaWonderful on "Coming Out in the End and Blooming as a Butterfly"

Categories: Concert Preview

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Jade Ehlers

With its first album and single "Reverse" under the band's belt, SomeKindaWonderful has just kicked off a pretty sizable 34-date tour. The song is a love story written backwards which definitely hit home with many romantic music lovers who drove it to extreme popularity.

Alongside New Politics and Bad Suns, the band, comprised of Jordy Towers (vocals/lyrics), Matt Gibson (guitar), Ben Schigel (drums), Justin Andres (bass/keys) and Sarah Dryer (vocals/percussion), is hitting Fort Lauderdale's Revolution this Sunday. We talked to both Sarah and Jordy of Somekindawonderful about butterflies, their debut release, and grunge soul.


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American Authors' Zac Barnett on Pranking One Republic

Categories: Interview

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Photographer Andrew Zaeh

If you're like the rest of the Western world, you've heard the song "Best Day of My Life." American Authors have usurped these words in your mental vocabulary, and now when you say them, you sing them.

The Brooklyn based foursome met in college in 2007 and has only one album out so far, but this big song has been featured just about everywhere -- including on the big screen, in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and the small, in Vampire Diaries.

Enjoying their success, American Authors have already toured with pop-rock bands like One Republic and the Script and are currently showcasing their album Oh What a Life on the Honda Civic tour, featuring openers Oh Honey for fans attending East Coast shows. The tour hits Fort Lauderdale's Revolution Live on Thursday, October 23, in honor of the venue's tenth anniversary.

In a recent interview with lead singer Zac Barnett, we got to talking about how he and the guys pulled the ultimate prank on One Republic's Ryan Tedder, the fact that he's a total adrenaline junkie, and his guiltless love for 5 Seconds of Summer.


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Five Things to Do Under $10 This Weekend

Categories: Five Under $5

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5. Rocky Horror Picture Show
10 p.m., Friday, October 17, at Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. No cover. 21+. Visit Facebook.
If you've never sang the words, "I'm just a sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania" amidst a crowd of Rocky Horror fanatics, here's your big chance! Respectable Street is hosting an interactive experience of this fine film with a full cast, two dollar Time Warp shots, and survival kits at the door. Don't forget your best Janet costume either, you just might meet your very own Brad.

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Anastasia Max Is a Child Sister-Brother Duo on the Rise

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Out of all the bands that performed at Radio-Active's ode to the magnetic tape Cassette It Together a few weeks back, there was one that really piqued our interest. It was a child-aged group called Brenner Pass. Surprising? Not really. This brother and sister duo, singer Anastasia Brenner and her older sibling and guitarist Max, are much more than a cutesy novelty act. These kids can really rock.

What gripped us most was pint-sized vocalist Anastasia's booming pipes. Although not even in middle school, girl croons and swoons like a whiskey-guzzling blues singer three times her age. She's like a little Alison Mosshart voice trapped inside a tiny 11-year-old doppelganger for Wendy Adams. Meanwhile, 15-year-old Max complements her brooding-yet-enthralling cadence with steady, gritty, melodic guitar strums and clean, straightforward vocals.


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Jeezy on Seeing "Some Justice" in Ferguson and "the New Generation" of Trap

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Believe it or not, there is a limit to how much a rapper can (or should) mention "flippin' bricks," "gettin' it for the low," or still "meeting papi at the dock." But if they stop talking about this lifestyle, will fans get bored and move on? What are they to do?

"I remember being posted up on the first and the third/Just re'ed up/Nigga got a nine piece" are the first bars Jeezy spits on "1/4 Block" off his latest album, Seen It All: The Autobiography. Though, still on point with witty remarks about his pre-fame Snowman days, Jeezy has refrained from speaking as though that wild life is current, opting to take a more personal and distanced approach to his past. He's an ever evolving character.

Jeezy took some time out on the road to speak to us about trap music, the tragedy in Ferguson, Kendrick Lamar, a possible Trap Or Die 3, and he even asked us a couple of questions of his own.

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Earth, Wind & Fire and Breakwater: A Tale of Two Funk Shows in Two Different Cities

Categories: Concert Review

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Last week when I interviewed Earth, Wind & Fire bassist extraordinaire Verdine White, I referred to the band's amazing performance on PBS' Soul! show in 1973 as "what it must've been like to see" them in a club. Verdine didn't exactly deny that, so I looked for a modern-day funky analog to contrast with last night's sold-out EW&F show at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood.

I found it in Philadelphia last weekend at Warmdaddy's -- a throwback 200-seat dinner theater that caters to the R&B lovers of the City of Brotherly Love. Jammed to the gills with tables and thus devoid of a dance floor, Warmdaddy's is like a mini Studio 183, Carol City's long-departed funk palace. And like Studio 183, which had a penchant for booking top funk acts, Warmdaddy's landed a major coup last weekend, booking the recently re-formed funk-soul act Breakwater.

See also: Earth, Wind & Fire's Verdine White on the "Steady Progression of Getting Better and Better"

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