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    We got hired to play an Oktoberfest at an Elk's lodge. Not familiar with playing Oktoberfests and seldom play Elk's lodges (we're over their budget). Anyway Ein Prosit was requested so I learned it. It's about 40 seconds long and when do you are supposed to count to 3 in German and then in German say "Drink".

    I have no idea how often to do this. I don't think it will be a wild crowd, as the town we got booked in is filled with retirement folks.

    Has anyone had an experience like this? If so, anything to offer? How frequently? (I don't want to be responsible either for someone drinking to much and hurting someone on the road or in the opposite direction, being a party-pooper).

    Thanks,.
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  • #2
    Originally posted by Notes_Norton View Post
    Has anyone had an experience like this? If so, anything to offer? How frequently? (I don't want to be responsible either for someone drinking to much and hurting someone on the road or in the opposite direction, being a party-pooper).
    These *are* adults, right?

    Drinking makes such fools of people, and people are such fools to begin with, that it's compounding a felony.
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      Benchley was an optimist...

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    Here's a youtube.

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    • #4
      ein, zwei, drei, getrank, ja? Das ist gutte! Prosit! Wunderbar!
      Too many Oktoberfest gigs...
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      Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally used up and worn out, shouting '...man, what a ride!'

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      • #5
        The guy who booked us said, "Use your judgement". We have about 6 polkas in our book plus the waltz Du, du liegst mir im Herzen. I'm thinking about doing Ein Prosit either before or after each polka. I don't know if they are going to want all 6 in 3 hours. I'm sure we'll do Beer Barrel, Liechtenstein, Pennsylvania, and Clarinet. Of these, I like the Clarinet Polka the best because it is a technical challenge to play. I'll open with Pennsylvania to get them on the Oktoberfest mood, because I think most people of that age group are familiar with the melody.

        I'll be playing the Ein Prosit by ear, but any pre-advice as to where to start is appreciated.

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      • #6
        Octoberfest is a celebration of beer I wouldn't worry about over consumption.

        Are you doing doing Danke Scheon the old Wayne Newton son? Lots of audience participation. Don't forget to yell Ziggy Zaggy, Ziggy Zaggy Hoi Hoi Hoi after every song too!
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          I was corrected years ago that the correct pronunciation is 'Zicke Zacke Zicke Zacke Hoi Hoi Hoi' which is basically 'chugalug' for the Krauts...it has no actual translation, although a 'zicke' is a female dog...

      • #7
        oh, and, do not tell the crowd you are playing a polka...polkas are Polish folk songs...you are playing 'Oom-pah'! Americans make no distinction between the two, but the Deutschlanders do...emphatically.
        "We are currently experiencing some technical difficulties due to reality fluctuations. The elves are working tirelessly to patch the correct version of reality. Activities here have been temporarily disabled since the fundamentals of mathematics, physics and reason may be incomprehensible during this indeterminate period of instability. Normal service will be restored once we are certain as to what 'normal' is."

        Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally used up and worn out, shouting '...man, what a ride!'

        "The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively" ~Bob Marley

        Solipsism is the new empiricism. -Alan Burdick

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        • #8
          Hopefully we'll get away with it. The flyer said oom-pah and American music.

          I've played luaus for these folks, they usually want 2 or 3 Hawaiian songs and that's it.

          Same for St Pat's day. Danny Boy, about 5 others (actually American songs celebrating Irish-ness) and that's it.

          And the modern Polka is actually an American thing based on Polish traditional music. At least that's what they taught me in school.

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          • #9
            You need to do the Chicken Dance song, too. Mandatory at Oktoberfest.

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            • #10
              Originally posted by Drummer44 View Post
              You need to do the Chicken Dance song, too. Mandatory at Oktoberfest.

              -D44
              Thanks. For the age group that I'll be performing to, this should work fine.

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              • #11
                Okto-beer-fest went well, we had more oom-pah than they had oomph so they went home tired and happy.

                Like many Elk's parties, once every half hour was more than they needed, the rest was good old popular music that kept the dance floor full.

                The guy who booked us was happy, and the audience had a great time.

                Live is good.

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