Drum Boogie Festival® was a Booming Success!

A Production of the
Woodstock Chimes Fund

Drum Boogie Festival 2017, Woodstock, NY

Drum Boogie Festival 2017, Woodstock, NY

Since 2009, I’ve been the Executive Producer and driving force behind the Drum Boogie Festival, a free, fun, daylong music festival. The fifth biennial Drum Boogie Festival was held in Woodstock, NY on Saturday, Sept. 9th, 2017. Several thousand people enjoyed a great day of music as eleven renowned acts, many of them GRAMMY® Award-winners, performed international styles of percussion and dance.

Prana performs with members of NEXUS, Russell Hartenberger and Garry Kvistad, during the opening ceremony.

Prana performs with members of NEXUS, Russell Hartenberger and Garry Kvistad, during the opening ceremony

This year, the festival opened with a performance by throat singers from the local group Prana, and members of the GRAMMY® Award-winning percussion quartet NEXUS.

 

Jack DeJohnette reading a poem during the Drum Boogie Festival’s opening ceremony

Jack DeJohnette reading a poem during the Drum Boogie Festival’s opening ceremony

Drum Boogie Festival opening ceremony with Assemblyperson Kevin Cahill, Town Supervisor Bill McKenna, Festival Director Garry Kvistad,

Drum Boogie Festival opening ceremony with Assemblyperson Kevin Cahill, Town Supervisor Bill McKenna, Festival Director Garry Kvistad,
Master of Ceremonies Ward Todd

The Drum Boogie Festival is my brainchild and was spurred by numerous conversations with New York State Assembly member Kevin Cahill over a span of several years. After much encouragement from Cahill and a generous grant from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, I created a one-day event presenting performers of world drumming in many distinct forms: jazz, contemporary, ragtime, Caribbean, steel pan, Eastern, reggae and African styles.

Northeast Ghana All-Stars performing traditional African music alongside percussionist Ben Paulding

Northeast Ghana All-Stars performing traditional African music alongside percussionist Ben Paulding

In addition to the performers, this year’s festival included several notable guests from both the music industry and the Woodstock area, who introduced the acts and heightened the crowd’s excitement. Presenters included Kevin Cahill, Tim Moore, Jack DeJohnette, Martha Frankel, Julian Lines, Dan Leader, Baird Hersey, Leslie Gerber and me.

This was the largest and most successful Drum Boogie Festival to date, drawing an estimated 4,000 people to Woodstock, NY!

Drum Boogie Festival photo of the audience during the

Drum Boogie Festival photo of the audience during the NEXUS& Jack DeJohnette performance

Drum Boogie Festival® is a free, 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.

Drum Boogie Festival 2017 Schedule!


Check out performances from the
’15 festival which include many groups for the ’17 festival!


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

“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

 


There will be a variety of food trucks on site.

El The
Marilyn's Peace Love & Cupcakes Yum Yum Noodle Bar
La Ruta Del Sol Nancy’s Artisanal Creamery Reggae Boy Café

And Art Stands

Tipsy Turtle The Hoop Artisan Family of Woodstock Xanadu Fine Minerals


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