German Society of Rockford Presents Oktoberfest 2015 Friday Night kicks off our 51st Annual Celebration with Tradional Music, crowning a Miss Oktoberfest
100 Heart Blvd
Loves Park, IL
5:00 PM (event ends at 12:00 AM)
This event is all ages
Tom Brusky Band
Bruce Korsosa Orchestra
Mike Schneider Polka Band
Taboo Blah Blah
Kelly Steward is a Midwestern American singer, songwriter and recording artist hailing from Rockford, Illinois. Her haunting indie-flavored neo-traditional country meditations are a favorite in this area of the country: a grass-roots musical movement from the state that brought you Wilco. After a few storied years in Los Angeles where she worked with such artists as The Wallflowers, Kelly headed back to the midwest to record her EP “Long Long Road” with producer and fellow musician Miles Nielsen. After traveling and playing with Nielsen’s band for two years, Kelly began branching out with her own shows and eventually forming her own band The Restless Kind with guitarist: Greg Whitson, bassist: Scott Ford and drummer: Tony Berkman and recently adding Kristina Priceman on fiddle. All musicians hailing from Rockford, IL., a heavily musical town that brought you the likes of Cheap Trick.
Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts
Let it snap, let it roll, hand claps, drums crash,, tele-tones and solos.
Somewhere between a bar and the recording studio, Miles Nielsen's stirs up his own pop rock brand of Beatles-eque Cosmic Americana. Pop rock arrangements and sunny melodies tucked between a long lost country folk steel guitar floating through speakers around crashing drums, bouncing bass lines and smooth as butter keys. Born in Rockford, IL, home of Cheap Trick and 'Symbol', power pop DNA runs through the veins of his songs and performances. 13 years spent playing bars, clubs and theaters, Miles has played and performed as vocalist / lead guitarist in many midwestern bands from past to present, "Harmony Riley", "HMS", and most recently, as a member in the Appleton, WI via Rockford ensemble, "Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons" – as well as his own band when time permits as "Miles Nielsen & Friends.". Aside from opening for acts such as Medeski, Martin & Wood
, to Cake, to Moe, he also co-owns a recording studio in Rockford, IL, FUSE, that has served as the recording home to Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons. He has worked with many artists such as Augie Meyers, Lonnie Brooks, Gabriel Reed, Cheap Trick, and The Good Year Pimps. From writing and performing his own tunes to recording and performing on other artists songs, Miles Nielsen continues to help carry out that very rare rock n' roll torch that only few can claim out loud, "that sound?... it came from the midwest."