Giving a special nod to the German settlers who made St. George their home in the 1800s, George Streetfest observes Oktoberfest on Friday night, October 7. The celebration will include a variety of brats, cheeses, Bavarian pretzels, and root beer and craft beer options, including “George Hefeweizen.”
During the Oktoberfest event, George Streetfest will welcome two very special acts on main stages. At 7 p.m., Misty Frampton will take Main Stage for a 30-minute set, performing familiar songs to the playful strumming of her ukulele. Frampton comes from a musical family that includes older sisters Dia (a finalist on the first season of NBC’s The Voice and lead singer in ARCHIS) and Meg (a rocker in her own right, performing on guitar for Hilary Duff). Misty Frampton joined the Streetfest family of entertainers in March of 2016, first performing as a street busker. Since then her friendly, approachable style, combined with her talents on her uke, have attracted a large and loyal following at Streetfest each month.
The Desert Pulse Jazz Garden at Historic Ancestor Square, Sound & Stone will be at the mic from 9 p.m. until midnight. Comprised of brothers Nico and Bash, the Southern California transplants (ages 24 and 22) will bring their acoustic guitar prowess and unique take on popular tunes to the Jazz Garden audience. Also former Streetfest buskers, this will be the brothers’ first time headlining at the monthly community nightlife event as well.
Headlining on Main Stage at 8 p.m. is Golden Suns of Salt Lake City. The band of brothers made their Streetfest debut July 2015.
“We’re incredibly excited to be featuring Misty Frampton and Sound & Stone in October,” said Melynda Thorpe, George Streetfest Executive Producer. “We think of our buskers as ‘headliners-in-training’; each month they acquire outstanding performance skills, and become accustomed to playing for large crowds, in a very low-key, supportive environment. We will continue to groom our buskers to make their debut on Main Stage and in the Jazz Garden, and hope we can help launch their careers in entertainment.”
Prior to Sound and Stone’s set, local singer/songwriter Lyndy Butler will return to the mic at The Desert Pulse Jazz Garden. Butler was a hit when she first performed her original tunes on Main Stage last September, coming back to huge acclaim for “All-American George” in July, and then headlining the August “Concert in the Park” in St. George’s Vernon Worthen Park. The young mother of four, who has released two full-length albums, blends folk, pop, country and indie rock – often penning engaging, whimsical songs about her children – to create a unique sound beloved by audiences.
The Desert Pulse Jazz Garden will offer four select craft beers, courtesy of Zion Brewing Company and Wasatch Brewery, alongside pours of “George Hefy,” a custom-brewed Hefeweizen created specifically for Streetfest by Squatters Brewery. This month’s Jazz Garden menu also includes brats, Bavarian pretzels with beer cheese, and German potato salad. For those seeking a non-alcoholic beverage, root beer and apple beer also will be available. Even more root beer options can be sampled at the Soda Pop Stop at the Food Truck Village, where still more brats will be offered at the Game Time food truck.
“This is a fun time of year to celebrate the German heritage of our community founders,” Thorpe noted. “One of the best-known German immigrants to southern Utah was a man named Peter Welte – who wore a well-groomed mustache that curled at either end – and he was known for establishing the Welte Brewery, which served German beer recipes, in Silver Reef here in southern Utah.”