The Vassar Brothers Want You to Dance

Playing on the Country Bluegrass Stage Sunday, July 18 is the band Vassar Brothers. From 5-6pm they promise to entertain everyone nearby with music that will make you want to dance. For a band whose  Facebook page lists themselves as working on “the road,” attending the school of “hard knocks,” and whose political and religious views are both summarized as “funk,” their attitude is spunky, tongue-and-cheek and entertaining.

When did you first start pursuing your passion/career?

We formed in July, 2010.

When was the exact moment you realized you wanted to be a musical artist?

August 7, 2010 – The date of the first Vassar Brothers gig. We played for about 10 people in someone’s front yard.

What sparked that passion?

Each member of the band brings something different to the table which makes each rehearsal, show, etc. fun and exciting.

How would you describe your music?

Polyethnic funkgrass

Where is your music being featured and sold?

You can check us out on Facebook and

What feedback have you received from your performances?

Usually people pass out from excitement, make babies, and, in general, relate it to a religious experience.

What has inspired you the most and why?

Being in a 7-piece band, everyone brings their own inspiration to the table and we’re able to draw from that, which ends up creating a unique sound.

What projects are you currently working on?

We’re currently writing material for our first album, Oxford Barn.




What do you feel you will bring to the Canandaigua Arts and Music Festival?

A Vassar Brothers show is a mix of funk, bluegrass, rock and blues so everyone should expect to dance from the first note to the last.

What can we expect from your performance at this year’s Festival?

We play a mix of cover songs and originals. We try very hard to never put on the same show twice and we always play music for dancing!