CITY OF ULSTER, NY – The Brazzamatazz Brass Band Festival arrives at Seed Song Farm on July 23 with brass bands up and down the East Coast.
An announcement for the festival said the groups’ influences range from second-line music to Ghanaian percussion to 1970’s cumbia, performing repertoire ranging from West Africa to Eastern Europe. through New Orleans and beyond.
“We are thrilled … to return to Seed Song Farm for the fourth year of our annual Farm Brass Festival,” said Matthew “Max” Fass, the festival’s creative director and executive producer, in a statement.
“We’ve curated a very special lineup of bands that span a wide range of genres, and nothing brings joy like a marching band,” he said. “Above all, we seek to create a collective excitement and a participative culture here in Kingston.
The festival is organized by Brazzamatazz Productions, which has stated that its mission is to celebrate brass music in a rural, accessible and family-friendly environment.
Fass, a brass music enthusiast and accordionist, co-founded and co-created the original Hudson Valley Braassroots Festival, which took place at Seed Song Farm from 2018-2021.
Other bands scheduled include the Ad Hoc Brass Band, Brass Queens, Conical Cacophony Brass Band, Dingonek Street Band, Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band, Kotoko Brass Band and Los Cumpleaños.
The event will feature vendors such as The Green Palate, Ram’s Valley and Nancy’s Ice Cream.
A portion of the proceeds from the festival will benefit the 200+ acre Seed Song Farm and its affordable Community Supported Agriculture, outreach, on-farm summer camp and free community programs.
Seed Song Farm is located at 160 Esopus Avenue.
For tickets and final lineup, please visit https://brazzamatazz.com.