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Music Line-Up

In the spirit of celebrating the city’s musical heritage and local greats

Like Otis Redding, Little Richard, and the Allman Brothers Band, Macon Octoberfest presents a musical lineup of all Southern acts, from hard-drivin’ Southern roots music to alt-country to soul.

Check out the 2015 Performers!


Atlanta German Polka Band

Multiple Sets on both Friday & Saturday

Bier Garden Stage

Laurence “Laurentz” celebrates his German heritage (Fischer) and has fun doing so with “The Atlanta German Band“. Laurentz and his tuba have made numerous trips bringing American Jazz around the world (yes, including Germany) and he now presents exuberant German sounds in the southeast. The band performs traditional German Oktoberfest music as well as popular American-style Oom-pah music. Laurentz gets his love of the music from his “Pennsylvania Dutch” lineage and wants to promote this genre of music wherever he and his great band go throughout the world. Friday: 5:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. & 7:5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. & Saturday: 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Brother Hawk

Saturday: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Main Stage

Their blend of Southern fried blues rock is firmly rooted in the earthy tricks traditionally traded for at the red clay crossroads but their live performances convey an electrified ebullience that blasts them into the stratosphere. On stage, they’re riding rockets fueled by a vicious cocktail of sweat and hellfire. An uncut, undeniable purity of purpose is palpable when the band is firing on all cylinders. Brother Hawk’s sound is the sunset that the hero rides into. It’s red hot white light. It’s honest emotion. It’s alive.

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Cicada Rhythm

Sunday: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Bier Garden Stage

Born and raised in Georgia, this talented pair imitates and modernizes folk music to a rejuvenating degree. The sound of Andrea DeMarcus and Dave Kirslis exhibits skilled and articulate guitar picking honed in the dive bars of Atlanta over rolling Julliard-trained bass lines. Expect chilling harmonies, unbridled enthusiasm, some wholesome tunes and a sincere performance

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Clear Plastic Masks

Saturday: 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m

Main Stage

It might be cliché to say that the mark of a true rock n’ roll band is that they play from the heart, but in the case of the Clear Plastic Masks it is exceptionally true. As the band’s moniker indicates, there’s not much to hide with one of the most talked about groups in Nashville’s burgeoning rock scene. This is the sound of heart-on-your-sleeve blue-collar soul.

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Craig Campbell

Friday: 8:45 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Main Stage

Craig Campbell is a proud reminder of one of country’s strongest creative periods, building on the early-’90s legacy established by some of the genre’s most successful figures: Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Clint Black and Travis Tritt.

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Dalmatian

Saturday (Electric): 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Main Stage

Second Performance:

Sunday (Acoustic): 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Bier Garden Stage

In search of the ever-elusive Song of the South one need not look in the back of a mud-splattered pickup truck or hike the hills in search of pickers and fiddlers, for the tune that emanates from the heart of Dixie can be heard echoing from the basement of the Macon, Georgia home occupied by the quartet of twenty-somethings that make up the adaptable musical collective known as Dalmatian.

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Empire Strikes Brass

Saturday: 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Main Stage

The force is strong with Empire Strikes Brass. With the capability to perform as a full 10 piece stage band, 6-7 piece combo lineup, add DJ Push/Pull for an electronic set, or take you to New Orleans by transforming into a true second line parade, ESB’s versatility allows them to adapt to virtually any party setting imaginable. The group is comprised of veteran musicians who have honed their skills with, and been regular members of acts such as; Squirrel Nut Zippers, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and Big Ol’ Nasty Get Down.

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Good Night Alive

Saturday: 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Bier Garden Stage

Good Night Alive has rushed the music scene and kicked the door down. After playing only 3 hometown shows at the start of 2014, they gained national recognition when they were chosen from almost 3,000 artists by Republic Records and the voters to be the top 12 on VH1′s Make A Band Famous. Inspired by bands such as Grouplove and The Naked And Famous, this indie electronic rock band from Middle Georgia is creating music that delivers a blend of organic and electronic sounds that will both engage and startle your senses.

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Jeff Allen

Friday: 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Main Stage

A Texas born artist with a riveting stage presence and an uncanny gift for penning heart-piercing lyrics, Allen has that rare ability to blur the lines between outlaw attitude and mainstream accessibility, which has earned him a legion of devoted fans.

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Reptar

Saturday: 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Main Stage

Indeed, there is no pretense behind Reptar, which also includes Andrew McFarland (drums), Ryan Engelberger (Bass), and William Kennedy (analog keyboards).This sonic wanderlust extends from African Music to post-punk to psych-pop and converges joyously in songs such as “Blastoff” and “Rainbounce,” and it’s won them high fives from NPR and NME alike.

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Susto

Sunday: 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Main Stage

“Named after a medical syndrome that’s specific to Latin American culture and roughly translates as “panic attack,” Susto lives up to its moniker. The Charleston, S.C., country-rock band specializes in spooked, sneaky songs that often employ single-note guitar licks playing the melody.

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Tash & The Boys

Saturday: 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Bier Garden Stage

Combining the sultry sounds of Southern rock, meshing with deep, dripping tones of California surf rock, Tash and the Boys will surely excite and delight any audience with an explosive, yet unpredictable live show. Their newest EP, Coast to Coast, which will be making it’s debut in mid-March, is a statement on the eclectic musical influences of The Boys, drawing inspiration from The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, and Kings of Leon. Their unmitigated passion for playing live music, friendship, and a simple twist of fate has resulted in the creation of the new sound that is Tash and the Boys.

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The Sweeplings

Sunday: 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Main Stage

Haunting yet hopeful, together Dean and Bradley create luring melodies and lyrics that touch on the universal and the fleeting; those shared experiences that while they’re happening might seem trivial, but go on to become waypoints in the memory of a life well lived. It might be the sudden realization that, when it comes to love, forever isn’t all that long. We’re are all on the same ride to the undeniable end, yet with someone by our side we just might be able to go gently into that good night.

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