Homespun holds Fifth Annual Oktoberfest Musikfest
This is not your father’s Octoberfest, at least not the music part. No German costumes, no accordions, and no tubas playing oom-pah-pah, oom-pah-pah. Instead you’ll find popular hip music acts cookin’ up hot music—and the best part? All the proceeds go to Helping Hands, Dripping Springs’ food pantry. (Oh and if you do hear an accordion, it will be to a Tejano or rock beat, but definitely no polka.)
Homespun Kitchen and Bar has been hosting the Oktoberfest Musikfest for five years. “It’s really taken on a life of its own,” Randy Ford, who co-owns Homespun with his wife Jennifer Walker, said. “There will be every genre of music you can think of-- Tejano, Latin, rock, blues, pop, country. To start it off is Joe ‘King’ Carrasco on Friday night.”
“He’s a blast, he’ll play on tables and stuff with his wireless guitar,” Jennifer Walker said. “…It is a great time and the admission is $10 or ten cans of food, for admission all weekend. That’s one dollar a band. And one hundred percent of the profits go to Helping Hands.”
The food donated is measured in pounds. “The first year we started we only did about 100 lbs. of food, we were still learning how to organize it,” Ford said, “But it started to take off with the second year. That second year we did about 1,100 lbs., the third year 2,300 lbs., and fourth year about 4,200 lbs. Every year it seems to double.”
Helping Hands is extremely pleased for the help it gets from Homespun. “They are wonderful, we appreciate it very much,” Crystal Emmons the Food Drive Coordinator said. “They bring us food every year, they donate money, they give us gift certificates to give out to our clients. Homespun is very generous as is the whole Dripping Springs community. It is a wonderful community.”
Helping Hands also benefits from other fundraisers such as the Back to School Drive, the Christmas Elf Project, working with the Hays County on turkeys for Thanksgiving, but the biggest Helping Hands fundraiser of the Year is coming up on Sunday November 3, the 22nd Annual Empty Bowls Project at DS Ranch Park. For more information on Helping Hands see their website at helpinghands-drippingsprings.org
For Homespun’s Oktoberfest Musikfest, the band schedule is:
Friday October 11
Kevin Taylor Band – 12-3 p.m.
Federico 7 Band - 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Joe King Carrasco Band – 8 to 11 p.m.
Saturday October 12
Ghost Jam Band – 11:30-3 p.m.
Frank Iarossi Solo – 3-4:30 p.m.
Billy Drake Band – 5-7:30 p.m.
All Skate Brand – 8-11 p.m.
Sunday October 13
Sliding By Band – 12-3 p.m.
Scott Wiggins Band – 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Executive Steel Band – 6-9 p.m.
Admission to Oktoberfest Musikfest is ten cans of food or $10. Homespun is located at 131 E Mercer St, Dripping Springs. For more information call (512) 829-4064 or see their website at homespunkitchenandbar.com