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Johnny Limbo rocks Oktoberfest again

Fall festival features American music


Over the years, the Sandy Oktoberfest has slowly moved away from tradition and become more of what Bud Abraham, Oktoberfest co-chairman, refers to as the American Style Oktoberfest.

One way that the Sandy tradition of 18 years has made this change is through music.

Prior to about five years ago, the Sandy Oktoberfest was all about traditional German music, clothes and food. But as interest in German music declined, so did Oktoberfest’s guests.

Abraham said the festival decided to try having a show with Johnny Limbo and The Lugnuts, a 1950s rock cover band based out of Tigard. It was a hit.

“We were overwhelmed,” Abraham said, adding that nearly 1,000 people showed up.

This year, Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts are returning once again for the Oktoberfest’s Saturday night concert. Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts

Headed by Jerry Hofmann as Johnny Limbo, on vocals and trumpet, the band that began in 1978 as a party gag is made up of Lance Parsons, vocals, trumpet and trombone; Matt Kenney, vocals and bass guitar; Rouke vanDerVeen, vocals and lead guitar; Barbara Cecil, vocals; Scott Johnston, saxophone; Jon Lemon, vocals and keyboard; and Jim Parker, drums.

The band’s repertoire includes songs like “Mr. Postman,” “Shout,” “Stupid Cupid” and the Beatles’ “Help.”

Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts will play Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 6, outside St. Michael Catholic Church, 18090 S.E. Langensand Road.

“People have come to expect Johnny Limbo,” Abraham said of the lineup.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Bi-Mart east county locations and all Clackamas County Bank branches.

No minors will be allowed into the concert.

Despite getting away from German music over the years, Abraham said Oktoberfest planners don’t want to depreciate the theme and, of course, there will still be sausage and sauerkraut.

If you go Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Despite getting away from a purely German lineup, Oktoberfest will still feature Quartette Barbette on Saturday, Sept. 6.

What: Sandy Oktoberfest

When: 5-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, and 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7

Where: St. Michael Catholic Church, 18090 S.E. Langensand Road

Music:

n 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, Sandy Saunders Band, country rock and blues band

n 8-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, Panther Creek, country music

n Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, Quartette Barbette, German polka

n 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts

n Noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, Treble in River City, music from the ‘60s and ‘70s

n 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, Inherit Earth, reggae

For more information: sandyoktoberfest.net

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