Oktoberfest in Half Moon Bay

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 526 Main St Half Moon Bay CA 94019  See map


"An irresistible mix of old-time, gypsy, bluegrass, jazz, Irish, and ragtime."
The San Francisco Chronicle

A cabaret band that combines virtuosic gypsy violin with 1920s hot jazz and Yiddish song, the Sour Mash Hug Band evokes an era that never quite existed. Paris in the 30s, Harlem in the 20s, New Orleans in the 90s, its hard to say.

This is a Benefit Fest


The Sour Mash Hug Band is especially known for their original tunes reminiscent of Kurt Weill and Danny Elfman. Led by violinist and bandleader Mickey and trombone playing chanteuse Shiri, they present a rotating cast of the hot pickers and swinging horn players. After forming some 10 years ago, the band crisscrossed the country by bike, freight train, and broken down van playing at every street corner and dive bar that would have them. This took them to San Francisco, Bellingham, New York and finally to New Orleans which became their home away from home. For the past five years the band has split their time between the rag-tag circus haunts of East Oakland and the hot jazz haven where Royal Street meets Frenchman, while spending summers in Romania, and Hungary studying the music they love. Being exposed to many varieties of music in their travels the musicians have developed a unique cabaret style drawing on old jazz, hokum, American fiddle music, muzica lautareasca, and Yiddish theatre.

St. Pauli Girl Look Alike Contest

To celebrate the spirit of Oktoberfest, consider entering the "St. Pauli Girl Look Alike Contest" in one of the following categories:

  • Most classic St. Pauli Girl look alike

  • Best cross-dresser St. Pauli Girl

  • Best St. Pauli Girl(s) conjoined twin division

  • Top corporate-look St. Pauli Girl

  • or, make up you own category, so you will be sure to win!

A "Truly Odd" thought: Is Saint Pauli an actual saint? Come to the Oktoberfest and find out!

Scholarship Fund

This concert benefits the Ocean View Lodge Scholarship Fund. Every year this fund provides financial assistance to deserving local high school seniors to continue their education in the performing arts and creative writing.


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