Community Concert: Occidental Brothers Dance Band International

June 26, 2021 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The Occidental Brothers’ blend of high-energy soukous, rootsy Ghananian Highlife, and African Jazz conjures the sound of the golden age of the African guitar. Founded in Chicago by American-born musicians, the group features collaborations with Ghanaian superstars the Western Diamonds, members of TPOK Jazz, and the Congolese legend Samba Mapangala.

Bring your mask, a blanket and/or a lawn chair!

WHERE: Northeast Meadow at Snug Harbor (Campus map:
WHEN: June 26 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
ADMISSION: Free! | Registration requested

This event is rain or shine. 

The group is led by guitarist Nathaniel Braddock who also performs with Air Congo, Plutonians, Trio Mokili, and as a solo fingerstyle guitarist. Braddock has collaborated with musicians from all over Africa, and performs regularly in West Africa. The group was co-founded with alto saxophonist Greg Ward, who has released several highly acclaimed jazz albums on Greenleaf Music. Chicago stalwarts Joshua Ramos (bass) and Greg Artry (drums) complete the quartet for this Snug Harbor residency and performance.

Please note: Snug Harbor requires masks in any public indoor spaces, in outdoor spaces where 6-ft social distancing is not possible, and at ticketed events, spaces and programs. As you visit Snug Harbor, please remember:

● Maintain a distance of 6+ feet away from other visitors whenever possible
● Wear a mask while on campus and social distancing is not possible
● Practice good hygiene and sanitization
● Stay home if you are sick

This event takes place outdoors on a grassy meadow in proximity to the East Gate entrance. For specific accessibility requests or questions, please email

Snug Harbor arts programming is made possible through generous support from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, HumanitiesNY, The Francis J. Greenburger Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.