Drum Boogie Festival®

is a free, biennial, one-day, family-oriented, multi-cultural arts and educational event, celebrating and promoting the many styles of high quality percussion music found throughout the world. The festival strives to keep a balance of entertainment, enlightenment, excitement and equality. All performances will highlight percussion instruments and percussion performers while sometimes including other instrumentalists, dancers and singers. Garry Kvistad, founder and CEO of Woodstock Chimes®, is a professional musician and creator / Executive Director of the Drum Boogie Festival.


Check out performances from the last festival which include many groups for the 2019 festival!

Jack DeJohnette will perform at this year’s Drum Boogie Festival, as he has done every year since our premiere event in 2009!

Jack DeJohnette

“Garry has created a unique festival that celebrates the art of percussion from the world, it has been great fun to participate in it and I really enjoy seeing, hearing and meeting such a diversity of major talent from all over. I consider it to be very successful and look forward its ongoing cultural contribution to the richness of the Town of Woodstock and the Hudson Valley.”

– Jack DeJohnette
GRAMMY® Award-Winning Jazz Musician

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and stay for the day.


FAMILY of Woodstock will be holding their big $20,000 Raffle at the Drum Boogie Festival!



Garry Kvistad, Executive Director of the Drum Boogie Festival, with Michael Berg, Executive Director of FAMILY of Woodstock


FAMILY of Woodstock Volunteers



See the Drum Boogie Festival’s News Coverage!




We are happy to announce the 2011 Drum Boogie Festival – a free multi-cultural arts and educational event, celebrating the diverse styles of world percussion to benefit cancer research.

Two years ago, we put together a very special free musical event in Kingston which drew several thousand people. World-class musicians performed diverse styles of percussion music and dance.

We are presenting this one day event again this fall on September 17th (rain date 18th) from 9:30 AM to 8 PM in beautiful Cornell Park in the historic Rondout district of Kingston, NY – overlooking the Hudson River.

The lineup of performers reads like a who’s who of stars within their styles of Jazz, Rock, Classical, Rudimental, Steel Pan and African. This year’s festival will offer an exciting morning drum circle to benefit cancer treatment in the Hudson Valley and for Family of Woodstock, a local advocacy organization for people in need.

Jazz, Rock, African, Ragtime, Indian, Contemporary, Native American, Steel Pan, Kids, American Rudimental, Dance – and MORE.