2016 Tomball German Heritage Festival Performers
information subject to change

German Bands:

Alex Meixner Band
back by an overwhelming demand!
A 2007 Grammy nominee, Alex is a musical chameleon.  He has performed traditional ethnic music since he was 4 years old and has extensive experiences in a wide variety of musical genres (everything from classical to jazz to pop to world music.)  His true passion lies in entertaining audiences...he does this primarily with an international party mix of polka (and sometimes rock accordion) music.  Come to Tomball, become a believer.  See him Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Ziegenbock Stage.


Auf Gehts is a lively new group in the Houston area with many years of German music experience.  Randy Adams on trumpet, Wolf Kayser on accordion along with tuba and drums will inspire you to tap your toes to crazy yodeling, dance romantic waltzes, and laugh at their hilarious antics.  They'll be at the Telgte Dancehall Friday and Saturday evenings.  Auf Geht's plays at Rudi Lechner's regularly.

Das Ist Lustig band plays shows that can be largely interactive with their audiences.   Guests are invited to sing along, ring along, and sometimes even learn a folk dance during their shows.  Das Ist Lustig plays at Rudi Lechner's regularly and, King's Biergarten in Pearland periodically.

Matt Tolentino's Royal Klobasneks  are dedicated to preserving the traditional American polka sound of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s for modern audiences. Closest in sound to the 'Dutchman-style' bands popular in the American midwest, the Klobasneks have a lively sound that always get the crowd going. They feature a repertoire steeped in Czech, German, and Austrian music, as well as great traditional American polkas, waltzes, and pop tunes.


Kenny James is a one man band performing with his accordion.  He always brings a smile to his audiences faces. 

Round Top Brass Band has been providing that "afternoon in the park in Germany" feel to our festivals for several years now.  Enjoy their music on Saturday

Walburg Boys from the Walburg Restaurant in Walburg Texas; Band leader Ronnie is from Bavaria and is one of Texas' best yodelers.  The band plays a mix of traditional Bavarian tunes and good old Texas swing with a little classic rock thrown in. 






Variety Bands:

Chris Rybak is known as the Accordion Cowboy.  His Czech, American country and German music is lively and fun, always attracting a thirsty polka dancing party crowd.  Chris and Edita host and MC the Chris Rybak Party Stage.

Blue Yonder inspired the Tomball festival to dedicate an entire evening to bluegrass music.  They are a local Tomball favorite, and Tomball's guests from sister city Telgte Germany love their music. 

Armstrong Family are a family of bluegrass musicians playing and singing bluegrass music.  They also lead some jam sessions Sunday, so bring your instrument.  Scott Armstrong is the host and MC at the Texas Heritage Stage.

Pat Gavin and the Buckaroo Band is Houston's only Cowboy Band featuring Western Music in the style of the Silver Screen Cowboys. It ranges from songs written on the cattle drive trails of the 1870s thru the era of the B Western Movie Cowboy Heroes such as Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers in the 1940s. They also throw in a few Bob Wills style Western Swing tunes and some Marty Robins style gunfighter ballads along with more recent cowboy melodies focusing on the daily life of the cowboy.

The Traveling Murphys is a Houston based family band playing what they call Texas roots music - a mix of Celtic, jug, bluegrass, old time country and folk.  They play original songs mixed with tunes by their favorite musicians including The Carter Family, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, as well as jug versions of more recent pop tunes.


The Sieker Band  They originally came from a small town just a few miles from Tomball's sister city in northern Germany.  After playing bluegrass music in Europe for several decades, they now live and perform in Texas.  Their sound is influenced by Texas fiddlin' and songwriting.    Most of their repertoire is original.  

Shelia Lee, It doesn't take long for Shelia Lee's show to turn into a party.  If she invites you to sing for her, join in!  She often invites her students from her accordion school and store in Pasadena, to perform with her here in Tomball. 



Singers, Folk Dancers, Show Groups:

Cloggers On The Move are a family based clogging group from the Tomball and Magnolia area.  They perform lively clogging routines to popular music. 

Cloggers Unlimited are a group of clogging ladies from Spring, Tomball and Magnolia area of Houston who love to dance and perform their energetic dances for their audiences.  They've even tailored their clogging dresses to look like Lederhosen!


Das Ist Keine Kunst (It's a piece of cake) German Folk Dance Troupe from Deer Park, Texas;  After having graduated high school, these former German club students wanted to continue sharing their love for the German folk dancing they did in school. Their dance selections come from all over Austria, Switzerland and Germany.  Some dances are very high energy and incorporate some very athletic moves. 

Rathkamp German Dancers from Houston perform German, Austrian, and Swiss folk dances, sometimes even inviting their audiences to join in.  This group has been in existence for over 40 years, and they're still going strong. 

Robert Duke Trick Roping will return with all kinds of interactive western style mischief.  Bring the kids for a lasso lesson, or just get all tied up!   

Scandinavian Folk Dancers of Houston have been a performing folk dance group in Houston for many years.  They always put on an energy filled performance.


High School German Clubs perform German folk dances they took to competition in February of 2015.  The first place Polka band winner will also perform.  The student groups can be seen on Saturday between 12pm and 6pm.


Strolling Acts:


David G Wonders does magic, ventrilloquism and makes some awe inspiring balloon animals.

DE interpretive dancer delights everyone he meets.  He balances old fashioned charm with energetic modern dance moves and comical facial expressions.  Ladies, he makes a great dance partner!

Gene Hackemack loves to lead a German sing along.  Look for him strolling about with an accordion and a friendly smile on his face.

Gator the Clown is the tallest German around!  Guests of the German Christmas Market loved him, so the festival has asked him to return.


Katerina will entrance you with her saxophone playing.  She plays a little of everything, some oldies, blues, New Orleans jazz, and even some polka.
 

TubaMeisters stroll and play their low down "heavy metal" polka music.  Like the accordion, there's just something about a tuba that lets you know where the party is!

Ghillie the elf will entrance you, dance with you, take pictures with you and make you giggle till your ears look like hers!



 




Many of our strolling entertainers and school groups rely on donations and tips.  Your generosity is welcomed and appreciated!
Many of our strolling entertainers, school  and church groups rely on donations and tips.  Your generosity is welcomed and appreciated!