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SideStep to perform at Oktoberfest this Friday

October 11, 2018

It’s time to break out the lederhosen and grab a beer stein because this Friday is Oktoberfest at the Ramada Columbus Hotel and River’s Edge Convention Center, 265 33rd Ave.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and musical guest Sidestep will start playing at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door and all proceeds collected are going toward the nonprofit organization Columbus In Action to help fund future events. There will be a variety of festive drinks and German-inspired eats like pretzels and bratwursts available. Prizes will be given out for the best male and female costumes.

SideStep vocalist Ann Cattau said the Columbus/Norfolk-based band has been performing for the past 22 years. The seven-member group covers a variety of classic rock and country hits. Some of the artists it covers include Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Luke Bryan and The Eagles.

“We do a lot of music with four-part harmony,” she said about the band. “We pride ourselves in that because there isn’t a lot of that (out there).”

Cattau said the group is excited to be performing at a community event as opposed to the more private settings it typically plays at, like wedding receptions and corporate events. She said the group takes requests and is even willing to make an attempt at Polka music for the Oktoberfest.

“We take requests, and if people request a polka or two, we can do that,” Cattau said.

Columbus In Action was founded last spring with the goal of organizing community events and conducting projects that improve the lives of people in the area. Its first project was the implementation of a bike-share program over the summer. With the use of a Movatic smartphone app, people are able to reserve and rent bikes located outside of places like Columbus Community Hospital, the Columbus Wellness Center and the River’s Edge Convention Center, as previously reported by The Columbus Telegram.

“The concept behind Columbus in Action was just to identify ways of bringing activities and events to Columbus and to enhance the quality of life for the community,” Columbus in Action board member Scott Mueller said.

Mueller said the idea for the event came about after he paid for the band’s services while attending a Center for Survivors benefit.

“I ended up buying the band, so we had to do something with it,” Mueller said.

Mueller said they planned for 200 people to attend Oktoberfest. The group hopes to use the money to fund future actives, like a riverside volleyball tournament.

“This is the first Oktoberfest we’re planning, and if it’s a success, we’ll make sure bring more of it in the future,” Mueller said.

Eric Schucht is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at eric.schucht@lee.net.

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