Godsmack Headlines 2006 Shiner Bocktoberfest

SHINER, TX — (MARKET WIRE) — August 28, 2006 — Chart-topping alternative metal group, Godsmack, will headline the 2006 Shiner Bocktoberfest Concert on Saturday, Oct. 14, in Green Dickson Park. The Shiner Bocktoberfest Concert, known as one of Texas’ premier live music events, celebrates the best of country, Americana, alternative and modern rock, while satisfying thirsty music fans with an assortment of Shiner’s award-winning, handcrafted brews.

Each year, thousands of concert-goers flood the tiny town of Shiner (population 2,070) to attend Texas’ largest, one-day outdoor music festival. Shiner is home to one stoplight, two elevators, and Texas’ Oldest Independent Brewery┬« — the Spoetzl Brewery. The Shiner Bocktoberfest annually delivers crowd-pleasing, energetic line-ups showcasing diverse music genres. The 2006 line-up is bursting with Texas favorites like Blue October, Pat Green, Old 97′s and Lost Immigrants, not to mention all-around crowd pleasers, superstar headliner Godsmack and country blockbusters, Diamond Rio and Restless Heart.

Shiner BocktoberfestWhat began as a grassroots celebration of Shiner Beer and Texas music has become a veritable icon among contemporary music events. The Shiner Bocktoberfest Concert began in 1994 as the “Thanks a Million” concert, a tribute to the first million-case sales year achieved by the Spoetzl Brewery. Thousands of people attended the concert as the City of Shiner celebrated — thanking Shiner consumers for their loyalty. Originally held on the brewery grounds, Shiner Bocktoberfest is now held in Green Dickson Park, just one mile east of the Spoetzl Brewery, to accommodate ever-growing crowds.

Wildly popular New England alternative metal group Godsmack has proven their iconic rocker status with the release of its newest album, “IV.” The captivating combination of front man Sully Erna, drummer Shannon Larkin, guitarist Tony Rambola and bassist Robbie Merrill is sure to have the audience enthralled.

Blue October, formed in Houston in the late ’90s, is famous for smash hits like “Hate Me” and “Calling You.” The group is recognized for dynamic live performances sure to rock Shiner thanks to lead singer/guitarist Justin Furstenfeld, his brother, drummer Jeremy, Ryan Delahoussaye, guitarist/vocalist C.B. Hudson and bassist Matt Noveskey.

The name Pat Green ensures sold-out performances wherever he plays. The three-time Grammy nominee and grassroots artist recently released the spirited “Canonball.” Green’s distinctive lyrics and music always has his loyal fans cheering for more.

Grand Ole Opry inductees Diamond Rio helped define the “young country” movement of the early 1990s. Their first seven albums are all certified gold or platinum. After 15 years as a band, they’ve released “Greatest Hits, Vol. 2,” which includes their first single, “Meet in the Middle.”

Old 97′s began as a popular Dallas bar band in 1993 recognized for their crowd-swaying, diverse array of alternative country hits. Philip Peoples, Ken Bethea, Murry Hammond and Rhett Miller form the quartet who gained notoriety shortly after the release of their first album, “Hitchhike to Rhome.” Recently, the group made a cameo appearance in the summer blockbuster “The Break-Up.”

Restless Heart, famous for hits like “I’ll Still Be Loving You,” “Tender Lie” and “Bluest Eyes In Texas,” blends back roads country training with contemporary pop and West Coast country-rock. The band’s been a success since the late ’80s, and they’re still going strong.

The unique sound of Lost Immigrants is hard to categorize. Equal parts country, rock, pop and blues, their catalog of songs is sure to please even the most selective music fans.

Additional Information

Tickets for the legendary Shiner Bocktoberfest Concert are $28 at the brewery gift shop and $35 online at www.shiner.com. With the energetic music line-up featured this year, the Shiner Bocktoberfest Concert is expected to be a sold-out show. If available, tickets will be sold at the gate on the day of the show for $45. As in years past, PARKING IS FREE. More concert information and photos from last year’s event can be found at www.shiner.com.

For concert-goers who want to soak up the entire experience, 600 overnight campsites will be available for tents and RVs in Green Dickson Park, the site of the Shiner Bocktoberfest Concert and only 200 yards from the front gate, for an additional fee. Space is limited so early reservations are required. Register for camping at www.shiner.com.

Gates to the grounds of the concert open at noon, and the evening will end with an orchestrated fireworks show at 10:30 p.m. Concert-goers should leave coolers, cameras, blankets, pets and weapons, including knives of any kind, at home. Bring a folding chair and get ready for a rockin’ good time. Down-home favorite food and beverages — including award-winning Shiner brews — will be available for purchase throughout the day. An ATM will also be available onsite.

What It’s All About

Proceeds from the Shiner Bocktoberfest Concert benefit the Shiner Chamber of Commerce and other Shiner civic and charitable organizations.

For more information on the Shiner Bocktoberfest Concert, the Spoetzl Brewery or the Shiner family of beers, please visit the brewery website at www.shiner.com or see our Wikipedia page at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bocktoberfest. For more information on the city of Shiner and the Shiner Chamber of Commerce, visit www.shinertx.com.

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