Trends: That Happy Feeling

Though the red-checked tablecloths and steins of beer might as easily be found in Heidelberg or Hanover, the audiences are more akin to Hackensack. Some, of course, are college kids, but a surprising number are middle-aged couples, flushed of face and strong of voice, swinging down memory lane, with a stop now and then for a swig and some peanuts. The band is properly twangy, the repertory—On, Wisconsin!, "Hold That Tiger," "Roll Out the Barrel"—the sort that only a trombone, a tuba, a washboard and a couple of banjos can get away...

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