The Old 5Mile House celebrates its third anniversary with an Oktoberfest party headlined by Buck Love and the Humperheads from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday. It’s an opportunity for the restaurant to offer its thanks to its many loyal customers, and a chance to celebrate fall, the harvest and autumn days dancing in the grass.
The festivities will commence at 1 p.m. with $1 Spaten Oktoberfest pints (until 3 p.m.) and German folk music with renowned accordion player Walter Grob. Born in Switzerland, Grob began playing the accordion in fourth grade and spent many nights in his university years playing for free brew in the bier halls. He moved to America in 1955 and stopped playing accordion for decades before discovering and purchasing a used instrument at the Auburn fairgrounds in 1996. He plays now at least once a week in clubs, restaurants, retirement homes, street fairs and private parties and is recently returned from an extensive tour of Montana.
Buck Love and the Humperheads will take the stage at 3 p.m. for a special four-hour engagement that includes four lead singers, three guitars, bass and plenty of percussion. This music is a melting pot of R&B, soul, funk, southern rock and reggae, folk, jazz, world beat and jam band style party music, which after more than 20 years together has brought six entirely different musical universes into alignment with each other like some weird and crazy musical solar system.
The band is composed of five of Nevada County’s most accomplished musicians, each with their separate musical careers: Mikail Graham, Paul Kamm, Tom MacDonald, Bill Smart and Mark Yedinak. They made their first appearance as a band July 4, 1986, and have been playing together ever since at clubs, festivals, benefits and parties all around Northern California.
Wear your lederhosen or dierndl for a complimentary beer. Bratwurst and sauerkraut will be served on the patio, or check out October’s extensive German special menu with items such as sauerbratten, schwein haxe, spatzle and weinerschnitzel. Regular menu and full bar also available.
All ages. No cover.