Strassenfest features music for every taste

Photo courtesy of Wade Baker
The Wade Baker Quartet will bring the sounds of jazz to the train depot during this years’s Strassenfest.

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JASPER — Wade Baker is coming home for this year’s Strassenfest and he’s bringing a few friends.
The Wade Baker Quartet is just one of the acts that Gary and Marcia Schnell of Jasper secured for the Aug. 1 through 4 Strassenfest after months of watching DVDs, listening to CDs, searching websites and visiting various entertainment venues. The quartet will perform original compositions by Baker and jazz standards at the train depot Saturday, Aug. 3.

Jazz is not the only sound that can be enjoyed during the fest. Country music and rock ”˜n’ roll will be featured on the festival’s stages on the Square when JetSet GetSet and 7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience perform Aug. 3.

“JetSet GetSet is a super exciting country band,” Gary Schnell said.

The northern Indiana band features three teenage female singers — Tori Little, Avery Eliason and Sadie Loveland — several teenage band members and a keyboard player in his 60s, the only adult in the group.

When coming up with entertainment for the Strassenfest, the Schnells work to find acts that will appeal to all age groups and 7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience is expected to attract baby boomers in the crowd.

Folks who simply love music should be tapping their feet and clapping their hands When Endless Summer Band takes to the stage Friday, Aug. 2.

“If anything, people will be wishing they had more time with the band,” Gary Schnell said. “When Endless Summer plays every genre of music you can think of and has two fantastic horn players.”
Local musicians adding to the festivities include Strings Inc.,The Kent Sparrow Combo, Kirby Stailey, the Recycled Teenagers and Celebration Singers.

The music gets started Aug. 1 with a karaoke contest and concert featuring The Marlins.
“The Marlins have not been here since ’08, so we figured it was time to bring them back,” Gary Schnell said of the group known for performing the pop, jazz and bluegrass sounds from the Beach Boy, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Willie Nelson and other well-known singers.

Not all of the entertainment involves music. Students from Full Out Tumble & Cheer and Hodgini School of Dance and Gymnastics will perform, Don Baggett will bring comedy and magic to the stage, a vintage baseball game will pit The Indianapolis Blues against The Indianapolis Hoosiers and a group of ballet dancers from Ausburg Barvaria, Germany, will give dance lessons and join Dance Central Academy of Performing Arts students for a performance at the Cabby O’Neill Gymnasium.

All of the concerts and events are free.

“We work all year on this and have already started putting together next year’s schedule,” Gary Schnell said. “Festivals like the Strassenfest are about community and we enjoy bringing people together to have a good time.”

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Strassenfest lineup

Thursday, Aug. 1

East courthouse steps:
Celebration Singers, 5:45 p.m.

Main stage:
Official opening ceremony, 6:15 p.m.; karaoke contest, 7 to 8:30 p.m.; log sawing contest, 9 to 10:30 p.m.

West stage:
The Marlins, 7 to 10:30 p.m.

Beer garden:
The Continentals and The Alpine Echoes, 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday.

Friday, Aug. 2

Cabby O’Neill Gymnasium:
Dancing with the Stars of Germany, 4:30 p.m., free polka and German dance class.

Main stage: Comedian and magician Don Baggett, 5 to 7 p.m.; comedian and juggler Matt Jergens, 6:15 to 7 p.m.; and Endless Summer Band, 8 to 11 p.m.

West stage: Terry Lee and The Rockaboogie Band,
5 to 7 p.m.; Strings Inc., 7:30 to 8 p.m.; Mobile Melodies DJ Service, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Jasper City Mill: Grandview Junction Bluegrass & Gospel Band
, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Beer garden: The Continentals and The Alpine Echoes
, 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

Saturday, Aug. 3

Main Stage: Full Out Tumble & Cheer
, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; Amazing and Amusing Magic with Tom and Daniel, 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.; Great Little Pretenders (a lip-sync contest for kids), 11 a.m. to noon; Gospel Sing with local church choirs, 2:30 to 4 p.m.; Talentspiel, 6 to 7:30 p.m.; and 7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience, 8 to 11 p.m.

West Side Stage: Hodgini School of Dance and Gymnastics Performance
, 8:30 to 9:15 a.m.; Zumba Dance Exercise Class, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Kirby Stailey, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; magician Bob Ahlmeier, 2:15 to 3 p.m.; Recycled Teenagers, 4 to 5:30 p.m.; Jasper High School Dance Team, 7 to 8 p.m.; and JetSet GetSet, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Schaeffer Barn: Freddie Ray J. and The Boys
, 10 a.m. to noon.

Train Depot: Wade Baker Quartet, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Schroeder Soccer Complex: Vintage Baseball
, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Cabby O’Neill Gymnasium: Dance Celebration Tour
2013, 11:30 a.m., ballet dancers from Augsburg Bavaria, Germany, and local dancers from the Dance Central Academy of Performing Arts.

Jasper City Mill: The Kent Sparrow Combo
, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Beer garden: The Continentals and The Alpine Echoes
, 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

Sunday, Aug. 4

Holy Family Church: Celebration Singers
, 7 p.m.

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