Rocktoberfest 2006!

CHATTANOOGA, TN — Rock City celebrates its German heritage with Rocktoberfest! Rock City’s first annual Rocktoberfest brings German music, food and fun to Lookout Mountain every Saturday in October from noon till 6:00 p.m. Enjoy German music from regional bands – Laurentz und die Katzen, The Wurstbrats and The Gootmon Sauerkraut Band in the new Rock City Pavilion. In 1932, Garnet Carter and his wife Frieda Utermoelen (of German descent) opened their private garden estate, Rock City Gardens, to the public.

Stroll along the Buddenstrasse (Avenue of the Booths) where German merchandise will be sold out of decorated carts. Along the way, be sure to pick up a bratwurst, knackwurst or German sausage with sauerkraut. Attend a Beer 101 class in the pavilion, or simply enjoy some specialty beer on tap in the Beer Garden from Big River Grille and Brewing Works.

“Local performers and actors will also add to Rocktoberfest, dressed in traditional German peasant attire, interacting with guests and leading the chicken dance at the Rock City Polka Stage, “said Kim Jackson, Rock City’s director of special events.

Laurentz und die Katzen will be at Rock City October 7th. Laurence “Lorenz” Tuten celebrates his German heritage with this band by playing traditional German Oktoberfest music, as well as some popular American-style songs. With tubas and trumpets, waltzes and polkas, this Oom-pah music is not to be missed!

Mike LaRoche heads up the Wurstbrats, a seven-piece ensemble out of Chattanooga’s Big Band “Sweet Georgia Sound.” The group got their name from the reverse spelling of “Bratwurst,” as tuba player Kathy Marcinek noted that musicians are often the “worst brats.” Not content to play only in October, the band adds a piano and a different set of music to become The Mason Dixieland Line for the other 11 months of the year. The Wurstbrats will be at Rocktoberfest October 14th and 21st.

The Gootman Sauerkraut Band, one of the South’s finest Bavarian bands, will be on Rock City’s Polka Stage October 28th. Formed in 1973 from Charlotte, North Carolina, this four-to-six piece ensemble is made up of percussion, an accordion, tuba and guitar. Leader of the group Jerry Goodman, placed fourth in the world on the accordion.

From alp horn playing, to yodeling and even a singing saw, all the gusto and fun of a Bavarian beer hall is just a short drive away. Rocktoberfest is sure to become another tradition on Lookout Mountain. The performances are no extra charge with regular Rock City admission. Log onto for more information.

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