Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Congratulations Bruce Ramme

Congratulations to my supervisor, who received his Ph.D. on May 18. To help commerate this important milestone in his life I had Pete Zielinski do a caricature of him. It shows him at his desk and other little details that are very personnal to him.

If you have a special occasion coming up and cannot think of what to get for that person, contact Pete Zielinski either at his website: , e-mail, or telephone: 262.790.0209. He can provide you with a gift that is guaranteed to be one of a kind.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Briana Lipor Miss Wisconsin 2008

On Saturday, July 21, Briana Lipor was crowned Miss Wisconsin 2008 at the annual pageant in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Briana was a guest on the Stimmung Stunde back in January 2007 and carried the title of Miss Festival of Trees at that time. As usual, Tim Kretschman was there representing his podcast, the Pageant Cast. As I remember Briana from when she was on the Stimmung Stunde, she had a very bubbly personnality and I am sure that she will represent her new title of Miss Wisconsin very well.

Congratualtions Briana!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Lake Villa German Musik Festival

We just got back from the German Musik Festival in Lake Villa, Illinois that is hosted by Armin Homann. There were about 400 people there. If you love German music, and you were not there, you really missed a great show. The entertainment this year was just outstanding. The headliner was Gunther Behrle and he did not disappoint anyone. He told us that he was celebrating 20 years since his Hit, Patrona Bavaria, came out and that over 20 million copies have been sold. Both Petra Boeck and Josef Holzmann were great entertainers and really had the crowd going. If you ever see either of these 2 names, be sure to see them. It will be hard to wait till next year to see what Armin Homann lines up to entertain us. Take a look at some of the pictures we took.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Alpentrio Tirol News

I just got this e-mail from our old friends, Alpentrio Tirol, who really are a trio now a days. Also, for those fans that live in the US, don't forget that the Alpentrio Tirol will be performing in California on New Years Eve. If you would like more details, just send me and e-mail:

At the bottom of this post I have downloaded a video of their latest song, "Traennen sind Perlen". Take a look..

Nach dem ausverkauften Servus-Freunde-Fest in Seefeld/Tirol freut sich das Alpentrio Tirol aus die nächsten TV – SENDUNGEN!25 jährigen Jubiläum Alpentrio TirolTV- Eurovision – Sendung „Musikantenstadl“ aus Dornbirn am 5. Juli 2008

Am 22. Juli 08 ist das Alpentrio Tirol bei ORF - TV-Sendung
„Sommerzeit“ zu einem Plausch eingeladen.

„Immer wieder Sonntag“ARD am 27. Juli 08

NEUE PRODUKTION „Das Abendgebet der Berge“
SAKRALE UND WEIHNACHTSLIEDER Ab September 2008 startet das Alpentrio Tirol eine neue Tournee!Das Abendgebet der Berge, eine neue Konzertreihe in Kirchen vom Alpentrio Tirol mit besinnlichen Liedern aus den Bergen und sakraler Musik.Ab November 2008 startet das Alpentrio Tirol wiederum die erfolgreiche Kirchentournee „Weihnacht in den Bergen“ Alle Termine werden laufend in unserer HP aktiviert.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

2008 German Fest in Milwaukee

(posted June 18) Hey, now it's 35 days before German Fest and finally they updated their Culture page. Its still missing some important info, like FREE Thursday with $1 brats and History, Church Service & Entertainment are still coming soon.

But as you can see from my posts under the German-American community events, I have named a lot of entertainers and based on the schedule that German Fest has published, I will provide as complete a list as I can (even with links to their websites). But check back to this site often, because I will be providing videos of the entertainers in action and they will be changed often !!!

(posted June 21) I heard Klaus & Robert talking about the Love Monkeys coming to German Fest on Continental Showcase, so I went to the German Fest website and found nothing. But when I looked at the Love Monkeys website they listed that they are playing at German Fest on Thursday night. Those fans of the Love Monkeys should note that admission will be FREE that night with $1 brats.

Here is a video from:
Orig. Anton aus Tirol - Anton aus Tirol (posted June 18)
Edith Prock - Rosen aus dem Suden (posted June 21)
Barefoot Becky - who stole the Kischka (posted June 23)
Orig. Anton aus Tirol - Wass soll ich im Himmel (posted June 25)
Edith Prock - Im schoensten Wiesengrunde (posted June 29)
Orig. Anton aus Tirol - Wir sind alle Kleine Schweinchen (posted July 4)
Edith Prock - Ich wuensche mir a zeit (posted July 7)

It is only 16 days before German Fest here in Milwaukee and finally the German Fest website has listed Edith Prock on their Entertainment page. Edith Prock is the biggest star that is appearing at German Fest this year and for some strange reason they want it to be a secret? For the last few weeks, Margret Almer was listed (she was here last year) but no one thought it was important to correct the listing they had on their website. There is still a lot of info missing, but I am getting so tired of reporting all this stuff. I will be going to the fest anyway, but I just would like to see them be accurate and have some pride in what they are displaying on their website.
Since Edith Prock was so severely slighted by German Fest, I will be only showing video's by Edith Prock on my website here.

Edith Prock - Sag ma Du (posted July 10)

(posted July 10) I will stop updating this posting and simply just post new ones with new videos from Edith Prock and any other news I might have. German Fest is starting to put some information out on their website now. So you should be able to get some details now. But if you are not sure about something, be sure to call their office to verify any of your info. If you want some more details just click on the EVENTS button above.

Entertainers List

Alpen Echos
Anton aus Tirol
Austrian Express
Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchmen
Biba und die Butzemanner
Blaskapelle Milwaukee
Cindy Hartz & Dennis Smith
Copper Box
Edith Prock
Elegant Gypsies
Freistadt Alte Kameraden
Jean Rex & Kurt von Eckroth
Johnny Hoffman Band
Johnny Wagner Band
Junge Kameraden
Kerry Christensen
Love Monkeys
Peggy Mueller
Polka Dotz
Pommersche Spaeldeel
Saddle Brook
Die Sandler

Die Schmalzler

Monday, June 2, 2008

2008 Grand Prix der Volksmusik Scandal

It seems every year there is a lot of drama surrounding the Grand Prix der Volksmusik. This year it started with the Zellberg Buam (Austria) who were slated to compete, but they let the news out before the competition took place. They were disqualified for not sticking with the rules.

On May 23, Sudtirol had their Vorentscheid competition in Algund, Italy. Markus Frings was scheduled to host this show, but the last minute Markus Frings fell ill and Rudy Giovannini (here is a link to his Italian site or take a look at his fanpage-Neckar Alb) stepped in. This would have been all OK, but Rudy had written the song under a pseudonym (pen name), Fabio Omero, that Sauguat sang (and landed 1st place), "Die Schaefer von Schnalstal". This is not allowed according to the rules and promptly Sauguat was disqualified.

Now the 5th place winner, Bergdiamanten (Ein Bisschen Gottvertrauen), will compete for Sudtirol at the finals in Zurich, Switzerland on August 30. Take a look at their website, it already has a Grand Prix der Volksmusik icon with "Auch wir sind dabei". They sure did not waste any time! It's a chance they didn't think they would get.

If you would like to see what the standings were for the Sudtirol Vortentscheid, go the fanclub page for Vincent & Fernando that Maria Olliges hosts. You can see all the standings for the Sudtirol Vorentscheid. A great big THANKS to Maria Olliges who sent me this news. She found this reported on the Bergfeuer website and for those of you who can read German, here is a link to the Bergfeuer webpage. Maria Olliges was the Talent Coordinator for the Stimmung Stunde and is still very active in the Volksmusik scene.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Bob Ziegenbein interviews Melanie Oesch

Radio annoucer, Bob Ziegenbein, from WTKM-104.9 FM (Hartford, Wisconsin), will be doing an interview with Melanie Oesch on Sunday, June 1, at 9 pm cst on his Hallo Deutschland Hallo program.

You can listen LIVE on Sunday evening at 9 pm on WTKM of course, but the re-broadcasts over the Internet are on 24/7Polkaheaven on Tuesdays @ 7 pm and Fridays @ Noon. All times are Central Standard time.

Melanie Oesch will be giving her first American Radio interview to Bob and it should be very interesting. This young Swiss Miss shot to fame last year with her musical family when they won the competition on the popular Austrian show Musikanten Stadl hosted by Andy Borg. The winning song was Ku-Ku Jodel and many Milwaukee listeners have heard it on Continental Showcase. Click on the YouTube clip below to hear what their winning song sounded like on the Krone der Volksmusik.

Melanie who is part of Oesch's die Dritten will be competing in the Grand Prix der Volksmusik on August 30th in Zurich, Switzerland with the song "Die Jodelsprache". If you are wondering what this talented Jodel queen sounds like, just click on the video below to see/hear her do the song she will compete with in Zurich. Also, don't forget to vote on my poll -- who do you think will win the Grand Prix der Volksmusik?