Sunday, Dec 15th
German American Weekend
On our third weekend we will celebrate German-American Heritage! For all the foodies: we sell German Bratwurst, Leberkaese, Potato salad, original Gluhwine and of course German beer!
All visitors can experience an unique German-American Feeling, listen to our beautiful German Christmas Music. Kids can get their face painted by the Planet Awkward Team and if they want even a special German-American-face painting. And the Gingerbread mascot will be around, too.
Enjoy the Christmas spirit with the following performers on stage:
- 12 pm -
Steve Hung is the latest addition to Baltimore's music scene, with his recent transition from Austin, TX, dubbed "The Live Music Capital of the World." He got his start at age 18, playing open mic at the legendary folk venue Cactus Café (Janis Joplin, Abra More, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen), soaking up the various sounds of Americana that permeate the Austin music scene. Steve quickly gained a reputation as "a killer guitar player" and "a Cactus favorite."
Like other Texas musicians such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and ZZ Top, Steve fuses blues riffs and licks into his guitar playing as well as playing folk and other forms of Americana music. However, over the years, Steve has broadened his musical vocabulary to incorporate Chet Atkins-style guitarwork, Jazz chordal flavoring, and the sensitivity of Spanish/Classical guitar, something he picked up recently while living in Baltimore.
Steve's debut album, Geetar (July 2008) showcases the Texas musical influences he grew up with, featuring everything from gritty groovy blues, wailing harmonica shuffles, ornamented folk finger-playing, to screeching slide guitars. His most recent album Guitar Gumbo (2013) testifies to his ever-evolving guitar playing. Although firmly rooted in the blues, this album is a "gumbo" of various musical styles, ranging from Country, Folk, to Jazz. Traces of Chet Atkins, Johnny A, Joe Pass, and Stevie Ray Vaughan can be heard in his playing.
- 1 pm -
Jennifer Van Meter
Jennifer Van Meter is one of Maryland's most gifted songwriters who's Alt-Country sound nestles her perfectly in a category among Lucinda Williams, Aimee Mann and Chrissie Hynde. She has been performing her original material, both solo and with her band, in various clubs and bars in the region now for nine years and is currently working on her third, full-length studio recording.
Jen will be performing on December 15th, at 1:00 pm, a handful of Christmas standards, as well as her original material.
- 2 pm - 3 pm -
Schuhplattler und Gebirgstrachten Verein Washingtonia
The Highlight of the German-American weekend is the performance of Schuhplattler und Gebirgstrachten Verein Washingtonia. They'll demonstrate one of the most colorful and enthusiastic forms of folk dancing: it is the traditional Schuhplattler dance of the German and Austrian Alps. The dances are robust, intricate, and expressive of genuine happiness.
Even their clothing is special. The traditional clothing they wear is called "Tracht" and comes from Bavaria in the region south of Munich, Germany. The men wear black leather shorts called "Lederhosen", while the women wear "Dirndl" dresses with white aprons.
- 4 pm -
B. Jackson Caesar
Jackson Caesar, a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and a current resident of the nations capitol- is one Washington, DCs prominent male vocalist. This exciting and versatile tenor has wowed audiences with his talent and skills, performing in four languages and five genres- attracting crowds of various ethnic backgrounds.
He has studied under Richard Miller at the Oberlin Conservatory in Oberlin Ohio, he received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of the District of Columbia and currently, pursuing a Masters of Music in Voice Pedagogy (CCM) Commercial and Contemporary Music from Shenandoah University.
Caesar is often sought after to perform on diverse platforms for weddings, funerals, private and intimate parties, churches, recitals and concerts. He labels himself as a Pop Inspirational singer. Previously ‘live' recorded performances can be viewed via youtube. Caesar strives for a global platform and is well on his way to becoming an international star!
- 5 pm -
Simply Black Show Band
This band is bringing you a hour of non stop RB Funk Motown Dance Music. It's one of Baltimore's Hottest Bands. The one singer Ben is performing for 8 years locally and nationally.
- 6 pm -
Her name is Laura Ballantine. She is a soloist as well as a choir member at my church. The style of music she performs is Christian folk and classical. She mainly plays acoustic guitar to accompany she sings. In addition to church, she periodically perform at coffeehouses and outdoor festivals. She has also performed at the Anne Arundel County Fair. She also has a music ministry where she regularly sings and plays guitar at an assisted living home.
At the Christmas Village in Baltimore she will be singing a collection of Christmas carols accompanied by her acoustic guitar.