Illustration by Trevor Grassi
The mission of the Hudson Valley Brassroots Festival (HVBF) is to celebrate brass music in a rural, accessible and family-friendly environment. Founded by members of Brooklyn-based Raya Brass Band, Funkrust Brass Band and local activist street band Tin Horn Uprising, we love brass music and its spontaneous, celebratory nature, and we wanted to create an environment where people could enjoy the music we love in a beautiful place outside of the city.
This year's inaugural festival will feature music from eight bands whose influences range from the Balkans to Latin America, New Orleans second line to brasspunk and activist anthems.
Rosendale Improvement Association Brass Band and Social Club
The ‘Ol Factory Brass Band
The Extraordinary Rendition Band
BRASSROOTS IS RAIN OR SHINE! We will have a large festival tent on the grounds.
Get Involved VOLUNTEER, BECOME A SPONSOR AND/OR DONATE
We need your help! We are a small team and would welcome your help to make our vision for this festival come to life.
If you'd like to help keep things running on festival day and/or before or after the event, please reach out by filling out the form below.
Please Donate to our Indiegogo Campaign
There are a few different ways to get to the Brassroots Festival!
- Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/G2oM3z4iRrE2
- From NYC, take the NYS Thruway to Exit 19.
- At the traffic circle take the third exit to 587-N.
- Turn left onto Albany Avenue, and continue onto Ulster Avenue.
- Make a left on Esopus Avenue, and keep left to stay on Esopus Avenue.
- Seed Song Farm will be on your right.
- Parking is on the right, you will see a sign to make the turn and someone will direct you to a spot.
between 12:45 pm and 2 pm on festival day
NOTE: Please be aware that there is a short parade on Ulster Avenue the day of the festival from approximately 1-2PM and a portion of Albany Avenue will be closed for 45-60 mins. This means that the only access to the festival during that time will be from the south and by backroads through residential areas. Please consult your map app on your phone to help you navigate.
Head north on Albany Ave from Kingston
Left on Wrentham
Right on Plainfield
Left on Stahlman
Immediate right on Lincoln Park Pl
Left on Cook
Right on Vincent
Left on Nicholas
Left on Esopus
Follow Esopus to Seed Song Farm at 160 Esopus Ave
There will be a large lot on the right before the greenhouse as you approach Seed Song Farm and a sign that says “Parking”. Please turn at the sign and someone will direct you to a spot.
There are a few different options:
- Ulster County UCAT "K" bus: 3-minute brisk walk from the Chambers stop: schedule.
- City of Kingston "B" Bus: $1 from anywhere in Kingston; 12-minute brisk walk from the Business Resource Center on Ulster Ave: schedule.
- Frequent Metro North Train to Poughkeepsie, then UCAT bus to Kingston: NYC & stops to Poughkeepsie: schedule. Poughkeepsie to Kingston UCAT bus: schedule.
- Hourly Trailways bus from NYC (Port Authority; 2 hrs; $45 round trip) and New Paltz to Kingston ($5): schedule.
We have partnered with the Courtyard Marriott in Kingston and are excited to offer a discounted rate of $149/room for the festival weekend. Click this link to access this deal: Courtyard Marriott Kingston - Brassroots Rate.
Kingston is also ripe with a variety of Airbnb, bed and breakfast and inn options.
Contact us if you have any questions or if you are a lodging business interested in partnering with us.
What to Bring
Blanket for ground seating
Tarp in case ground is wet
An umbrella and/or hat for shade
Mardis gras themed costumes including large umbrella!
Refillable and labled water bottles (we'd like to cut down on waste)
Personal Identification & medical documentation, in case of emergency
Cash (not all vendors accept card and there are no ATM’s on the festival grounds)
Rain gear, just in case. We will have a large festival tent on the grounds for shade and rain protection.
Clothing with a hood
Extra pair of shoes/sneakers
Mud Boots (in case it rains)
Biodegradable plastic bags for trash, compost, and recyclable materials
Camera, without flash or removable lens
Smokers, bring an ashtray! Every cigarette butt you throw on the ground, we have to pick up!!!!
Available at the Festival
Coffee from Rough Draft Bar & Books
Sam Adam's Beer
Wine from Hudson-Chatham Winery and others
Wood oven pizza cooked by Creek
Festival and performer merchandise
What NOT to Bring
No Weapons of any kind
No Illegal Substances
No Vending will be allowed
Avoid bringing unnecessary items that become pesky waste (sequins, silly string, confetti, balloons, packing peanuts, etc.).
Because this is a working farm, no dogs! Service animals, trained to assist an individual with a disability, are allowed.
Please respect festival grounds and pack it in, pack it out!
We will have some trash and recycling receptacles on site, but it would be SUPER helpful to all of us if you take your personal trash home with you and dispose of it there.
We would like to thank our sponsors
Their support helps to make this festival possible.
A full day and evening of brass band music of all kinds for all ages at a gorgeous farm in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains.
Dancing in the open air
Locally sourced food & drink
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The Hudson Valley Brassroots Festival is a production of Hudson Valley Community Productions, a 501c3 Tax Exempt Arts Organization.