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!