Did you know that the Great America Brass Band Festival is much more than music on the main stage? You probably have experienced some of those events: the Great American Swing Dance Fest, Saturday’s children’s activities, and certainly the Saturday morning parade. Another part of the Festival is the Great American Art Festival – why visual art at a music festival? Simply put, the organizers believe in art, all types of art, and having a juried art festival makes the art festival a fuller, richer experience. So whether you might be interested in purchasing a piece of art or simply need to stretch your legs, make your way to College Street alongside the Norton Center for the Arts to experience the 18 artists who will be exhibiting and selling their artwork. You might have a conversation with local Danville artist Paul Muth, who works in clay and runs a local studio, https://www.facebook.com/SugarGrovePottery/. While you’re there stop and see June Pryer, http://www.facebook.com./jandjartsbyjunepryor, a self-taught painter who is inspired by the beauty she sees around her. If you or your special someone is craving wearable artwork, Kelli Clark, who hails from Clarksville IN, will be there with her one-of-a-kind earrings, bracelets and necklaces, http://www.jewelrybykelli.com/. Troy Glasgow will be visiting from Memphis TN, with his unique photography the focuses your eyes on people, places, music, food, and life, http://www.troyglasgow.com/. Visual Art can leave you asking questions as you experience the world through the artist’s interpretation of beauty, life, form and function. Our artists love to converse, love to hear your perspective, and just plain love art! Take a walk over to their booths; you may find yourself coming back more than once as you experience yet another side of the Great American Brass Band Festival!
GABBF – All For Art And Art For All!
Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert comic strip once said “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” Our GABBF’s fearless leader, Niki Kinkade and her band of GABBF merrymakers, came up with this germ of a creative idea almost two years ago, and this year we’re excited to feature eighteen artists whose work ranges from photography to jewelry to painting to print-making to sculpture to woodworking! The Great American Art Festival is certainly a keeper and back for its second year! Over the next couple of months leading up to the Festival we’ll feature information about the artists and their artwork! We hope to peak your curiosity and inspire you to stroll through their booths. The diversity of their work, subject matter and medium promises to intrigue both art and music lovers. Whether you’re looking for that perfect piece that will help you remember this year’s Great American Brass Band Festival, a special gift for a loved-one or for yourself, or you just need to stretch your legs from sitting at on the lawn listening to the wonderful GABBF musical acts – this year’s artist’s won’t disappoint! So join us starting Saturday immediately following the parade and again on Sunday for the Great American Art Show set up along College St. You can still hear the music while you browse our outstanding local and regional artists! Check back here for additional information on our artists and their work! Click here for more details.
We have attendees who have been coming to the Festival for 20+ years and those who come and it is their very first time. But everyone seems to agree that this event is truly unique, filled with charm and magical.
Our Brass Pass program brings patrons an added level of comfort and enjoyment. Benefits include, preferred parking, access to the hospitality room and discounted merchandise.
Please click here for details and to register for the Brass Pass experience. Limited number of Brass Passes available so do not hesitate.
Announcing the line up for the28th annual Great American Brass Band Festival, June 1-4, 2017.
Celebrating the Roaring Twenties.
Boston Brass, Boston, MA
Jens Lindemann, Los Angeles, CA
Wycliffe Gordon, Lexington, KY
The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, Philadelphia, PA
100th Army Band, Fort Knox, KY
202nd Army Band, Frankfort, KY
8Up Brass Band of the 100th Army Band, Fort Knox, KY
Advocate Brass Band, Danville, KY
Circle City Sidewalk Stompers, Indianapolis, IN
Chicago Footwarmers, Lexington, KY
London Citadel Band, London, Ontario
Lowdown Brass Band, Chicago, IL
Saxton’s Cornet Band, Frankfort, KY
Storyville Stompers, New Orleans, LA
University of Alabama Trombone Choir (Affiliated with University of Alabama)
Grant County Brass Choir (Affiliated with Grant County High School)
Bourbon Boys Quintet (Affiliated with Northern Kentucky University)
North Fulton Trombone Cartel (Affiliated with several local schools in the GA area)
Limestone College Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble (Affiliated with Limestone College)
Merit Brass Ensemble (Affiliated with Merit School of Music)
Powerhouse Brass (Affiliated with Pritchard Music)
Rose Street Brass (Affiliated with University of Kentucky)