Join us for OktoberWest 2017, Charleston Main Streets West Side’s largest fundraiser of the year, September 30th from 4 PM – 9 PM. All funds raised will go directly back into Charleston’s West Side for programs, public art, and other community and economic revitalization projects. In it’s tenth year, OktoberWest is West Virginia’s largest traditional German Octoberfest and among the largest craft beer festivals in the state. It’s all about the craft brews, local foods, and live tunes!
What to Expect?
Expect a host of traditional German beers and Octoberfests. Adding to the traditional beers are a long list of West Virginia and national craft brewery favorites. A full list of brews will be released closer to OktoberWest. Tasty treats from up to ten local food vendors, including some traditional German favorites, will accompany the suds. Live music from national and local acts to have you jamming throughout the event (headliners will be released in early August.)
Wildly popular in 2016, the Traditional Stein Holding Contest will make its return. Get out your dirndls and lederhosen this year; we’re having a best traditional German dressed contest for attendees. Remember to stop by the numerous businesses on Washington St. W, Bigley Ave., and Tennessee Ave. that will have their doors open to OktoberWest attendees. Stay tuned for more updates and additional info; in the meantime, like the Charleston West Side Facebook page, join OktoberWest event page, and look OktoberWest’s Franz around town as we try to find Franz love at OktoberWest on September 30th!
General Admission – $35
(Includes six 12 oz beer tickets and access to the OktoberWest concert series)
Nondrinker – $20
(Designated drivers or attendees 13-20. Includes access to the OktoberWest concert series)
Children’s Ticket – $10
(Children 12 and under. Includes access to the American Billiards Kids’ Zone and OktoberWest concert series)
The Mantras (Headlining)
The Mantras, a five piece jam machine born of Greensboro, NC have been conquering crowds and melting minds all over the country progressively for over a decade. The band’s music can be described with all types of varying rock and roll terminology, but is absolutely best defined by each listener’s ear and, equally important, their experience.
Since the inception of The Mantras in the mid 2000’s, the band has been touring the country and building a catalog of 4 studio albums and over 100 original songs. Performing an entirely different set of music each night is an integral part of the band’s direction and mission as well as the ability to truly improvise in between orchestrated pieces. With eclectic influences of sounds from around the globe, The Mantras create a musical escapade during each performance, giving every ounce of emotion to their craft of expression and communication through music.
Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands, led by singer/songwriter, ethnomusicologist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, Crystal Bright, have played over 650 shows from Canada to Austin to New Orleans to Nashville over the past six years, sharing the stage with the likes of Beats Antique, Abney Park, Voltaire, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, The Love Language, Rising Appalachia, Larkin Grimm, Pearl and the Beard and many more.
Bright has an eclectic, haunting but yet whimsical, carnivalesque world folk sound, dubbed “kaleidophrenic cabaret.” She plays accordion, musical saw, concertina, piano, Taiko drum, adungu (Ugandan harp), and various others, leaving people captivated with her operatic and soulful vocals and virtuosic command of her exotic instruments.