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Celebrating German culture through music

La Crosse, WI (WXOW) – Festers had a chance to continue their Oktoberfest with a Saturday full of various styles of music, starting off with some traditional German tunes. 

Kris and the Riverbend Dutchmen kicked off performances at the Downtown Garden Stage of the South Side Fest Grounds on Saturday.

With polka and plenty of Ein Prosits to get people on their feet, the band aims to create an authentic Oktoberfest experience with music inspired by the real thing.

“The music that we play here in La Crosse isn’t unlike that which you would hear in Munich, in the beer halls in Oktoberfest in Germany,” Kris Keltgen, leader of Kris and the Riverbend Dutchmen, explains.

Keltgen and the band grew up listening and playing to the music they performed on Saturday, music that represents more than just Oktoberfest.

“A lot of the German immigrants, when they came over and immigrated to the United States, brought their music with them, and we’re certainly playing an Americanized version of a lot of those tunes,” Keltgen finishes.

If you haven’t had enough polka, the band still has a few more Oktoberfest shows left this season. Find out more on their website.

Peter Lenz

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