OCALA, Fla. (August 21, 2017) – Ocala’s Oktoberfest is here! On Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 4:00 PM, relax in beautiful Tuscawilla Park with an authentic brew in the Infinite Ale Works Biergarten, and fill up with authentic German cuisine from Pi On Broadway. The event will be located next to the Reilly Arts Center, with entertainment on the Jenkins Open Air Theatre at 500 NE 9th Street, Ocala, FL 34470.
General Admission is FREE for all. VIP tickets are available now at $125. VIP Package includes open bar, open food, a souvenir stein, festival t-shirt, indoor lounge and bathrooms, and possible meet and greets with the artists.
About the Event: Welcome the fall with craft beer, authentic German cuisine and an awesome music festival headlined by Keller Williams – a.k.a. K-Dub, a dancing man, the Freek, a one-man band for the digital age, Jam-Man, a guitar virtuoso, an irreverent musi-comedian – and a supporting card that includes Come Back Alice, The Applebutter Express, and the Voltron Collective performing the music of Stevie Wonder.
About the Keller Williams (Headlining Act): 20 Years of Making Music. When he first started out, Williams played in regional bands but also performed as a solo artist. “I’d get dinner and maybe tips. There were bands in high school and in college. But it turned out I could get the same money playing solo that I was getting with the band. Around that time I was also doing temporary jobs and I was making the same amount playing music as I was scraping mortar out of the cracks of cinder block walls for eight hours in the summertime at minimum wage. So it seemed like the obvious choice was to play music. I started to work and over the years I incorporated more technology. The looping thing started to happen and tickets were sold and people came to shows, so there wasn’t any reason to fix something that wasn’t broken.”
For the past several years he has hosted Keller’s Cellar, a weekly syndicated program available on both terrestrial stations and online at www.kellerwilliams.net. Williams describes the show as “a self-indulgent, hour-long narrated mix tape of stuff I’m into. It’s rule-less except for what the FCC says we can’t do. I don’t play contemporary country music. I don’t play contemporary Christian music—however, there is possibly some old gospel. I don’t play opera. Everything else is fair game. World music from all around—African music from all the countries, jazz, funk, reggae, techno, chill, lounge, lounge singers, rub-a-dub, dancehall. I pretty much stay away from smooth jazz. It’s definitely a fun outlet for me. I’m trying to do something different.” Something different. That, we can assume, is how it will always be with Keller Williams.
About Come Back Alice: Come Back Alice is a genre defying high-energy Rock N Roll band from St. Petersburg, FL. “Formed in 2012, Come Back Alice has a patently-unique sound that they’ve dubbed Southern Gypsy Funk, a blend of rock, soul, gypsy jazz and funk music, the flavors of which complement each other like ingredients in a fine New Orleans gumbo. With improvisational influences and a love of bands known for killer live performances—including The Band, Dave Matthews, Tom Petty, and The Allman Brothers Band—even the biggest Come Back Alice fans don’t know what to expect from show to show from a band that has never repeated a set list.” – Dennis Maley, The Bradenton Times
Fronted by multi-instrumentalist (and newly-weds) Tony Tyler and Dani Jaye, the connection witnessed onstage is impalpable. Switching between slide guitar, B3 organ, Violin, and keys, these two have a knack for captivating audiences with an electric stage presence one would come to expect from a truly organic Rock N Roll show.
A Georgia native, Tyler met Jaye shortly after moving to Florida to play with the late Dan Toler (Allman Brothers Band). The two stayed local for a short time, writing music and looking for players with dreams as big as their own. After meeting drummer Yral Morris in Sarasota, FL, they knew they had found the rhythmic core needed to take the sound to the next level. Morris, a Miami bred groove machine, honed his chops in the gospel churches of south Florida. With a style all his own, his dynamically powerful approach on drumming makes him a perfect fit to an entirely unique band.
Within the last year, the band has added Percussionist Jimmy Rector. Prior to moving to Florida and meeting Tony and Dani while jamming around a campfire, Rector resided in rural Missouri and worked as a studio drummer that was known for pushing the bar with a wide array of musical projects of all different genres.
The band released their self-titled debut album in 2015, which recorded at award-winning Tree sound Studios in Atlanta, GA. The album was accompanied by a critically acclaimed music video for their single ‘Coraline.” The music video took home the gold by winning Music Video of the Year at the Los Angeles Gorilla Film Festival, “Coraline” was also nominated for an award at several other film festivals.
About The Applebutter Express: Some people may discover The Applebutter Express through their new song “Hey My Brotha,” a single from their sophomore project One For The Home Team, which is featured in the Ron Howard film “The Good Lie” starring Reese Witherspoon released in October of 2015.
However, the band’s story begins in 2004, when Kyle Biss met his future wife Shannon while working at a record store in Bradenton, Florida. Still a focused bass player, Kyle picked up a ukulele in 2010 and began to write songs, with the idea of singing with Shannon (his then girlfriend) for fun on the couch. Pretty soon the duo began making a name for themselves among the open mic community; in no time, the eclectic, tuneful duo – now known as The Applebutter Express – were the talk of Tampa, Fl. Kyle and Shannon married in 2011, and in 2012 added Joe Trivette on the fiddle. Newest member, Zach Rogers (bass) joined in 2015.
Since then, The Applebutter Express has performed at such prestigious festivals as Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Hulaween, Suwannee Springfest, and many others.
Besides their newest, One For The Home Team, Applebutter Express has released one prior full length album; the prolific foursome has a third album already in production.