Drum Boogie Festival Makes September Return to Woodstock

Andy Lee Field in Woodstock will again play host to the Drum Boogie Festival.

The free event takes place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 (rain date is Sunday, Sept. 13) and offers a family friendly mix of musical styles that involve percussion, such as rock, jazz, classical, African, reggae and more. As indicated in the festival name, all performances will highlight percussion instruments.

Performing this year is the legendary jazz percussionist Jack DeJohnette, who is also on the board of advisors for the event. DeJohnette, a legend himself, has also been a sideman for such performers as Miles Davis, Bill Evans and Stan Getz. His drumming style has been described by Modern Drummer magazine as “beyond technique.”


Legendary Jack DeJohnette holding a clinic at a past Drum       Boogie Festival in Woodstock, NY

Other performers include NEXUS, NYU Steel Drum Band, Valerie Naranjo and The Big Takeover Reggae Band, seen here:

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and plan to spend the day. Food vendors will be on site as well.

The free, biennial festival, directed by Garry Kvistad of Woodstock Chimes, “presents world class talent while providing an opportunity for emerging or lesser known talent to perform together.” It was established to entertain, educate and enlighten while promoting percussion music from around the world. For more information, visit the festival’s website.