A Free World-Class Music Festival with Dance & Voice
The Drum Boogie Festival is a free, one-day music festival which is family-oriented and multi-cultural, celebrating the diverse styles of music, dance and voice from around the world. It will take place on September 9, 2017 from 11 AM to 8 PM at Andy Lee Field, Woodstock, NY. The festival brings together world-class talent while introducing the audience to a variety of styles involving percussion such as: Jazz, Rock, Classical, African, Reggae, Steel Pan and more. This year’s festival includes Jack DeJohnette, NEXUS, East Indian, NYU Steel Band, POOK, West African Drummers and
Dancers, and the Big Takeover Reggae Band.
“Music is a universal language helping to erase lines of hatred and bigotry through the exchange of diverse cultures” said Garry Kvistad, Executive Director of the Drum Boogie Festival (Founder/CEO of Woodstock Chimes® and NEXUS member). This event is part of a continuing effort on the part of the producing entity of the festival, the Woodstock Chimes Fund, to help recognize Ulster County as a major destination for art and cultural activities. This year’s Drum Boogie Festival will help to support Family of Woodstock.
The idea of this festival came in 2008 in meetings with New York State Assemblyperson Kevin Cahill and Garry Kvistad to help develop interest and understanding for the public of percussion music and the benefits of rhythm in our lives. Percussion music is the most common form of instrumental music around the world and yet is still not known in its entirety in many parts of the globe. There is more diversity in world percussion than any other instrument and the Drum Boogie Festival reflects that diversity. As it is around the world, the festival will combine drumming with singing and dance as well.
The wide range of musical styles will appeal to people of all ages and serves as a great family outing. Attendees are urged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Andy Lee Field is a few blocks from the center of Woodstock. At the venue, there will be a variety of fantastic food trucks and fun children’s activities.
And… there’s more to Drum Boogie than just drumming; it’s song, dance, food, family fun, & it’s FREE!
The second year of the festival will take place on August 25th and 26th, 2017 at the beautiful Chaseholm Farms in Pine Plains, NY, with two day camping passes on sale Wednesday May 17th
Hudson Valley Musicians Reunion and LP Sale
Friday August 11
Whoo's Sports Bar in Newburgh
The entire Musicmachine Magazine Vinyl LP Archives from the 1980s will be sold. Nearly 200 titles from groups in the mid-Hudson region. To see a complete list of the titles go to facebook.com/events/1463953926956732/
All proceeds go to Hudson Valley Honor Flights and Newburgh SCATS Animal Rescue.
It was 50 years ago, in 1967, that my band, the Jelly Bean Bandits got together. I wanted to do something special for the half-century mark, but our frontman Billy Donald had passed on several years ago, our drummer Joe Scalfari broke his back in a hunting accident and our guitarist Jack Dougherty lives in Florida. Talking with our bassist Fred Buck I realized that there were many bands in this situation, with just a few members remaining, and I thought wouldn't it be cool if we could get them together for one night, like a rock and roll class reunion. That is how the Hudson Valley Musicians Reunion came together.
CRY CRY CRY REUNITES, with LUCY KAPLANSKY, RICHARD SHINDELL & DAR WILLIAMS
LIVE at CLEARWATER FESTIVAL
By Fred Perry. Many of you used to enjoy my columns from 2011- 2013. They all appeared in the Tri-Valley Townsman newspaper, were picked up at HVmusic.com, and were posted on my websites, www.reservoirmusiccenter.com and www.brooklyncowboys.com. I also used to appear as a regular guest on John Madeo’s radio show, Monday nights on WIOX-FM, 91.3 and streaming online, but I haven’t resumed that activity yet.
This is my first column since the end of 2013. When I stopped, I was burnt out on deadlines and commitments. I’m feeling much better now, thank you, and I’ve decided to write a column once in a while. They won’t be appearing on any kind of regular schedule, instead, they will appear whenever I feel like writing one. And I felt like writing this one. I hope it moves you.
Here’s a story about growing up in Brooklyn.
When I was a kid, around 14, a few of my friends and I immersed ourselves deeply in the world of record collecting, specifically British record collecting. The British music invasion had hit us hard, and at that time, we all felt that if a band wasn’t British, they sucked! LOL.
Thanks for sticking with us for 20 years and building the HVmusic community.