The Express Band – Southern California’s Premiere German Band


The Express Band is Southern California’s top German band. They are seasoned entertainers who perform throughout Southern California’s German hot spots. Drawing crowds wherever they perform, The Express have been playing at Big Bear’s Oktoberfest for more than three decades (!) and truly have become the festival’s favorite!  The Express will perform Opening Weekend, Sept. 7 & 8.


FOUR bands this year direct from Germany, each playing two weekends!!!  Click on any links below to visit each band’s website.  Warning:  The linked sites might be in German (except for the pictures) and you’ll need your favorite page translator to read them. Just Google “page translation” to find some choices.


Franken Power Express


Franken Power Express is the first German band slated to take the stage at the 49th Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest. The eight-piece band comes direct from Hammelburg, Germany. They were last here four years ago and proved to be a big favorite.  The band tours in Europe with up to 20 performers with the top eight traveling to Big Bear for Oktoberfest. They perform  September 14-15 and September 21-22.




Performing Sept. 28 & 29 and Oct. 4, 5 & 6
The Frankenrebellen hails from the Franconia region of Bavaria known for the famous wines of Würzburg and the Neuschwanstein Castle. Returning again this year to the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, the seven-piece band is a traditional Bavarian party band.


Die Böhmische Straßenmusikanten


This 12-piece band is well traveled having performed in Belgium, Norway and throughout the United States. Hailing from Bavaria they are known for their brass band roots. Today, Die Böhmische Straßenmusikanten play a huge variety of music genre including traditional Oktoberfest and German folks music, to 80’s pop, to classic rock! Another new band to the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, the Böhmische Straßenmusikanten will perform Oct. 12 & 13; and Oct. 19 & 20.




Goldeisen is a nine-piece band. They also reside in Bavaria, so you should expect even more great music that comes from this region. It was by by popular demand to get these guys to return. Expect people to get onto the dance floor when this band plays its upbeat jams. They play on October 26-27 and at Oktoberfest’s special encore event Saturday, November 2.


As you can see, it’ll be a very exciting year! So make your plans now to join us!