The time has finally come, so don your fall apparel and join your family and friends in Downtown Hershey this Saturday for Choctoberfest! It’s a day full of Bands, Beers, Bites, and Chocolate, and the festivities run from noon to 6:00 pm. There is plenty of fun to fill your afternoon!
Downtown Hershey representative Rick Russell says, “This is going to be a pretty incredible afternoon of music!” Get ready for these show-stopping bands to blow you away this fall afternoon!
We are still looking for volunteers to help ensure a fantastic event, so please sign up as a Choctoberfest volunteer!
12:15 pm – Up Pops the Devil
1:30 pm – CASE 150
3:00 pm – RFA
4:30 pm – Rhett Miller
Pumpkin/bag painting – First United Methodist Church
Kiss hand-wrapping “How it was done before 1921” – The Hershey Story
Face Painting – Hershey Presbyterian Church
Sidewalk Chalk – Life Church
Obstacle Course – St. Joan of Arc
Tröegs Independent Brewing
St. Boniface Brewing Company
Howling Henry’s Brewery
Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey
Chocolate Avenue Grill
Devon Seafood Grill
The Pantry Cafe and Desserts, Etc.
The Mill in Hershey
The Penn Hotel and Sports Bar
The Cocoa Beanery
Choctoberfest draws in a wide array of unique musical acts, and we look forward to welcoming them all to the stage!
Up Pops the Devil
Up Pops the Devil is trying to save the world two guitar players at a time. “We love the sound of two guitars, drums and bass. Add to that a good melody and to us that’s what rock and roll is.” Four self-admitted music nerds who hang out so much they could finish each other’s sentences (and often do), Up Pops the Devil is a band with an immediately recognizable country, rhythm and blues influence. But the vibe is all their own as they take over the stage while still staying true to their strong beating rock n roll heart.
Up Pops the Devil will open a fantastic day of music at 12:15 pm in ChocolateTown Square!
Hailing from Central Pennsylvania, CASE 150 is a veteran group of roots rockers who enjoy a strong following in the Northeast and, notably, the Village scene of New York City. CASE 150 blends poignant lyrics and tight harmonies with twang-pop, alt-country instrumentation. CASE 150 is on the Blind Pigeon Records (BPR-Pottsville, PA) label – joining the burgeoning Americana music scene emanating from Pennsylvania and the surrounding area.
Join CASE 150 at 1:30 pm in ChocolateTown Square for an unforgettable musical experience!
It is undeniable that Philadelphia has one of the brightest, young music scenes in the country. Standing right in the thick of it is a quartet of fun-loving,passionate, and crazy college boys. They call themselves RFA. Through high energy Rock & Roll music, the group is showing people what having a good time is all about.
This band can pack a room full of people and drive them wild with their potent combination of catchy melodies and tight, yet raging instrumentals. On their latest release Something New From RFA, they delivered a record that perfectly captures the spirit and energy that makes them one of the most exciting bands breaking out of Philadelphia’s music scene. This, to anyone who is familiar with RFA’s brand of Rock N’ Roll, makes for a wonderful record. But Something New does more than offer a glimpse into the band as a live act. Cousart’s lyrics are genuinely heartfelt songs that capture the highs and lows of young adult life in college. It’s confident, yet searching. Bold, but self-aware. Wild, but deliberate. On Something New, RFA has managed to create a record that represents their next steps creatively as well as establish who they are as a band.
RFA will take the Downtown Hershey stage with their hits like Suzie Lee at 3:00 pm on Saturday.
Texas native Rhett Miller is perhaps best known as the frontman of the Dallas-based alt-country band Old 97’s. Formed in 1993, the Old 97’s have built a devoted following with their blend of country and power pop influences. After releasing one of the Old 97’s’ strongest albums in years with 2014’s “Most Messed Up,” Miller returned to his solo career with 2015’s critically acclaimed “The Traveler,” which featured backing from the band Black Prairie (which includes several members of the Decemberists) and a guest appearance from Peter Buck of R.E.M.
Rhett Miller will be bringing his hits, such as Most in the Summertime, for a spectacular Choctoberfest performance!