BlueNote members Richard Butters (left) Rudy Wassenaar

BlueNote members Richard Butters (left) Rudy Wassenaar

BlueNote plays for Loon Octoberfest

The BlueNote band will be rocking the Laughing Loon Pub next week for an old fashioned Octoberfest celebration.

The BlueNote band will be rocking the Laughing Loon Pub next week for an old fashioned Octoberfest celebration.

Tickets include a five course traditional Bavarian dinner plus dancing to the music of the BlueNote Band which has been together for the past year performing for various community and corporate functions and musical evenings at the Laughing Loon.

The band is comprised of well-known local musicians Richard Butters on alto sax, Glenn Robson on flugelhorn and trumpet, Michael Fait on drums and Rudy Wassenaar on keyboards who came together after years of playing with various other bands in the community.

During the past year the band has practiced together once a week and played fairly regular weekend gigs at the Laughing Loon as well as for various private and corporate functions, says lead singer Carmen Mutschele.

“The Loon has been very supportive of live music and now has a stage in the enclosed patio for musicians and dancing,” Mutschele says.

Mutschele grew up singing with her family, and has been a regular entertainer at community events such as Arts on the Fly and Performances in the Park prior to joining BlueNote.

She got the idea of holding an Octoberfest celebration after a visit home to Germany this summer where she bought a traditional dirndl dress which is worn at Octoberfest.

For the Loon’s Octoberfest she says the band will play their usual jazz/swing/country repertoire with a couple of original songs, plus authentic German “beer tent” music  and even a Marlene Dietrich song.

Mutschele says the band enjoys all genres of music.

“In any case bring your dancing shoes,” Mutschele suggests.

She also encourages people to get into the spirit of the evening by wearing traditional dirndl dress for women and lederhosen for men. There will be prizes for the best costumes, but dressing up isn’t mandatory.

The five course meal includes braised red cabbage with bacon and green beans; a variety of sausage and sauerkraut made in house with chipotle barbecue mustard; potato pancakes with braised prime rib meat and demi glaze with stout bread; potato and cheese perogies with caramelized onion and spiced sour cream; all topped off with whiskey coffee cake with strudel topping, green apple and Guinness beer ice cream with blueberry perogies.

Octoberfest takes place Saturday, Oct. 18 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Laughing Loon. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and the band starts playing at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 and available at the Laughing Loon.


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