One of my favorites time of the year is the always popular Oktoberfest here in New Orleans. Not only do I get to see a lot of people in fancy Tyroler Kostumer, get to enjoy a few beers and listen to a lot of interesting combinations of Jazz Music and German folk music. Some of these combos are actually really awesome. I can imagine that not many Germans at the original Oktoberfest in Münich would even consider Jazz to be a part of their festival. They would rat sit on a bench, eat Saurkraust and drink beers in the Tyroler Kostumer. For those who don’t know what a Tyroler Kostume is, think back to the old german Alp movies. The movies where the women are wearing fine dresses with huge cleavage and the men are wearing lederhosen and alp hats. That is called a Tyroler Kostume and is what you can expect to see at the Oktoberfest here in New Orleans.
But New Orleans have always been know for it’s jazz music and I guess that is why a lot of the artists who are performing this year have integrated Jazz Music into their traditional Oktoberfest music. For someone like me who just love jazz and many other kinds of music, it’s really a blast and something I enjoy listening to. Well maybe not all year, but during the week the Oktoberfest last, I really do enjoy it.
I don’t personally own a tyroler kostume, and I don’t have any plans on buying one. I consider myself a little to old for that stuff (even though I have seen people around 70 wear it too), but call me old fashioned. I don’t think that it would suit me very well anyway. So I’ll usually just sit down in the back, enjoy a good drink, alittle bit of food while listening to the music alone or with some friends.
This year it won’t be alone, as I will be going with my good friend Hans Borrson, who’s parents are from Germany and have always been a huge fan of the Oktoberfest. I think he will most certainly try to talk me into wearing some Lederhosen or a full Tyroler Kostume, but I know he won’t have any luck with that mission.
I have also tried to create some music inspired by the German folk music, but that really wasn’t one of my strong skills and after a few very failed attempts I gave up and returned to a more traditional style of smooth Jazz music.
Still two days until the festival starts and I am getting pretty excited. Always fun when something new and interesting happens in my area and this is an event I really don’t want to miss. Some good food, a good time with my friends and a lot of great music. Can it get any better? Now I just have to find something to make the next two days go fast, I really don’t have much of a patience for waiting. If you want to see some examples of these costumes, visit onlinekostumer.dk and see some of their local traditions for this festival.