Opening Ceremony

Join us for the Opening Ceremony starting at 11:00am with performances by Jack DeJohnette, Paul Winter, Tasa and Rob. Celebrity appearances, food & art vendors and world class music throughout the day!

Our Opening Ceremony is
dedicated in memory of Nick Attanasio
Nick was an award winning bass drummer from Lake Katrine, N.Y.
He was an inspiration to many generations who followed him and he created a style that many emulated.
POOK and Energy Dance Company
Percussion Orchestra of Kingston
Japanese Drumming
Kotoko Brass
Inspired by the traditional drum rhythms of Ghana, Kotoko Brass has created a unique, joyful, and improvisational style of West African dance music described by the Boston Globe as “propulsive, infectious party music”.
Paul Winter’s “My Brazil” Quintet
Paul Winter’s musical realm has long embraced the traditions of the world’s cultures, as well as the extraordinary voices of what he refers to as “the greater symphony of the Earth.”
NEXUS with So Percussion
“The high priests of the percussion world” – NY Times
NYU Steel Band

When Glass Meets Steel – NYU Steel is dedicated to exploring the art of steel pans to the fullest

The Big Takeover Reggae Band
The Big Takeover delivers a fresh take on Reggae, Rocksteady and Ska! Blending the pop sounds of Jamaica and world music with the soulful energy of Motown this band is one tight, grooving ensemble!
Tasa and Rob
With rich vocal harmonies as husband and wife, Rob carries the rhythm on the guitar, while Tasa accompanies with warm, melodic violin arrangements.
They perform at local venues, weddings, and private parties in and around Sarasota, FL. 
The Beatbox House
Pushes the boundaries of the human voice
Jack DeJohnette Quartet
Jack DeJohnette will be joined with world class performers including Matthew Garrison, John Medeski, Luisito Quintero.



Ward Todd
Master of Ceremonies

Photo Courtesy of HV1

Bill McKenna
Town of Woodstock Supervisor
Opening Ceremony Participant
NYS Assemblymember Kevin Cahill (D-Kingston)
NYS Assemblymember Kevin Cahill
Introducer of P.O.O.K. and Energy Dance Company at 11:30 AM
Hiroko Sakurazawa
Introducer of COBU at 12 Noon
Jack DeJohnette
Introducer of Kotoko Brass at 1 PM
Simi Stone
Introducer of The Beatbox House at 2 PM
Philippe Petit
Introducer of Paul Winter’s “My Brazil” Quintet at 3 PM
Garry Kvistad
Introducer of the Jack DeJohnette Quartet at 4 PM
John Storyk
Introducer of NEXUS and Só Percussion at 5 PM
Callie Jayne
Introducer of The Big Reggae Takeover Band at 7 PM