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 Booming Success

Drum Boogie Festival 2011 Photos By Ruth Rich and Steven Silberstein

 

 

The 2011 Drum Boogie Festival was a huge success thanks to the wonderful performers, sponsors and volunteers.

We were able to give $3000 to Family of Woodstock for the Kathy Janeczek Memorial Fund which will benefit Breast Cancer Tre

atment in the Hudson Valley as a result of the fundraising effort organized by the Woodstock Chimes Fund which produced the free festival.

Bread Alone, Walters-Storyk Design Group, Precision Flow Technologies, Markertek.com, Woodstock Chimes and Two Boogie Friends were the major sponsors while additional support came from Stewart’s Shops, Steve Weiss Music, First Niagara Bank, the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, Ulster Publishing, Herzog’s Home Center, Arthur Anderson, Miller/Howard Investments and many more.

Local restaurants and distributors supplied food and beverages for the performers throughout the day. Interage Mediaworks sponsored the website and provided beautiful graphics for marketing the festival. Family of Woodstock supplied volunteers, SUNY Ulster students and Woodstock Percussion employees served as stage hands and Nancy Donskoj opened her house to the performers and staff. Live Sound, Inc. of Troy provided a brilliant sound to the festival. The president of the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce Ward Todd was the perfect emcee with his mellifluous voice. Many thanks go out to all of these individuals, businesses and groups, without which, great community events like this would not be possible.

Cornell Park is an absolute gem of a venue for concerts with its amphitheater like setting, great acoustics, view of the Hudson River and access to wonderful shops and restaurants. I hope the powers to be decide to build a permanent stage to encourage more events.

Check out our website for photos and updates of the festival: www.drumboogiefestival.com. We welcome continued financial support to help with the cost of the festival. Thanks again Hudson Valley for your enthusiasm and support.

Boogie On!,
Garry Kvistad, executive director of the Drum Boogie Festival® and CEO of Woodstock Chimes®