O+ Festival 2018

05 Oct 2018 Friday
07 Oct 2018 Sunday

O+ Festival 2018

Front + Back Room Theater
07:00 pm
Donation ($50 suggested)

All-access wristbands are available via donation now for the ninth annual O+ Kingston, which features the art, music and wellness festival’s most diverse, experimental and inclusive lineup to date. The suggested donation for the 3-day weekend is $50 (see the various advance donation levels in the Eventbrite), but O+ Kingston is still pay-what-you-can in person.

Confirmed acts include Woodstock-based pianist Marco Benevento (psych rock and dance); Balún (Brooklyn by way of San Juan, Puerto Rico, dance/electronic); experimental jazz icon Karl Berger (Woodstock / Germany) in collaboration with ambient composer Christopher Bono and friends; Malian guitar genius Mamadou Kelly (world / classical); Willy Masonand the Pandemonium (folk singer-songwriter, Massachusetts); nerdcore rapper mc chris (collaborator with Talib Kweli, Andrew WK, Cee-Lo, Childish Gambino and Gwar); and indie rock band Pete International Airport(featuring Peter G. Holmström of The Dandy Warhols) of Portland, Ore. In addition, composer Michael Hollis of New Paltz will debut “The Edge of the Hill,” an ensemble piece featuring electronic elements based around the Ulster County environment and what its citizens do to preserve and protect it.

The rest of the confirmed lineup includes: The Beautiful Bastards (rock, Kingston); The Bottoms Up Dixieland Jazz Band (Dixieland jazz, Hudson Valley); Danger*Cakes (rockabilly, Austin); Driftwood Soldier (roots / blues, Philadelphia); Duane Mark trio (Americana / folk, Texas); Ian Flanigan(soulful pop acoustic, Saugerties); Fraternal Twin (indie rock, Kingston); Full Walrus (indie rock, O+ Poughkeepsie alumni); Garth. (R&B / pop, Queens); Globelamp (indie rock, Kingston); The Golden Grass (heavy-country-funk-boogie and progressive-psychedelic-freakbeat, Brooklyn); Hiding Behind Sound (indie rock, Red Hook); The Hipstones (indie rock duo, Kingston); Key of Q (vocal ensemble, Kingston); Kulton The Maker (hip hop, Hudson); Treya Lam (piano-based pop, Queens); Mark Marshall (rock, Kingston); Morricone Youth (live scoring Alfred Hitchcock’s 1927 silent classic, “The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog,” Queens); Keenan O’Meara (singer-songwriter, Olivebridge); Lorkin O’Reilly (acoustic songwriter, Catskill); a place both wonderful and strange (occult dance music, Queens); Orphan Jane (cabaret, Queens); Denzil Porter (hip hop / rap, Bronx); Billy Rogan(solo guitar instrumentals, Woodstock); The Sad Voice Sings Clare and The Reasons and others (with string ensemble or with chamber ensemble, Kingston); Shadow Witch (heavy psychedelic / grunge, Kingston); Spliffs(psychedelic space jazz pop, Woodstock); Stranger Cat (electronic indie pop, Brooklyn); Toebow (math-style indie rock, Brooklyn); TOP nachos(garage / punk, New Paltz); Tygersounds (synth rock / New Wave, Beacon); J.K. Vanderbilt (indie rock, O+ Poughkeepsie alumnus, Kingston); and The Young Skulls (garage rock, Kingston).

O+ will expand its music offerings for the entire family, adding children’s programming as well as an all-ages venue ideally suited to teenagers and young adults. New this year O+ is partnering with The Comedy Resistance, which pairs headlining comedians with voter registration, to bring an evening of laughter and activism to festival audiences. The announcement of those performances will be made in the next few weeks.

This year’s 27 participating artists and artist-collectives will respond to the theme of Shadow.

They are: Nashville-based Diego Calo Camaja, whose artwork illustrates his time spent in immigration detention in Orange County Jail in Goshen, (postcards workshop); illustrator Marker Snyder aka Redsharkboy of Kingston (gallery installation); mixed media collage artist, photographer and poet Delilah Jones of New Paltz (collage workshop); Poetry Barn literary center based in the Catskills (interactive); Allison Braun aka Smell the Damn Roses (Exquisite Corpse Cafe workshop); Ana Azzue Gallira of California and Ori Alon of Beacon (Hidden Fortune Wheel interactive installation); Callie Jayne of Kingston and Ocean Lofgren of Rosendale (experimental video highlighting the stories of those directly impacted by the criminal justice system); Annie Poon of New York City (stop-motion animation video that explores mental illness); Evan Pachón of Irvington (large-scale projection); Cagil Harmander of Istanbul (animation video); Glass Eye Shadow Pictures of Highland (shadow and light performance); Andrew Shirley of Kingston (Wastedland 2 post-apocalyptic graffiti wonderland installation); Emily Vail of Kingston (Tannery Brook site-specific installation); and Jessica Gaddis of New Paltz (temporary site-specific installation that draws attention to Kingston’s historic buildings). Braun, Lofgren and Poon are O+ alumni.

The mural art roster includes: Samantha French Art / Aaron Hauck (Kingston), Will Lytle aka Thorneater Comics (West Hurley, O+ Kingston alumnus), Lucinda Yrene Art (Arizona), Lindsey Wolkowicz (Kingston), Dina Kravtsov / Mat Schulze (Kingston) and boogieREZ (Poughkeepsie, O+ Poughkeepsie alumnus). Tani Ikeda and O+ Kingston alumni JESS X SNOWand Layqa Nuna Yawar will create an installment of their nationwide project and augmented reality mural, Survivor Love Letter, a call to survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones to publicly celebrate their lives.

O+ artists and musicians receive health and wellness care in an Artists’ Clinic staffed by volunteer providers and in local dentist offices as a thank you for their creative gifts to festival audiences and the Kingston community. O+ calls this exchange: the art of medicine for the medicine of art.

A red O+ wristband serves as an all-access pass to the art happenings and concerts, as well as wellness offerings, which include cycling events in a variety of distances and terrain — including a mural-to-mural slow ride for all, an EXPO+ curated that highlights locally available health and wellness services and EXPLO+RE classes in yoga, meditation, dance, sound healing and more.

O+ Kingston is sponsored by WMCHealth/HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, Golden Artist Colors and Lagunitas.

The festival needs both general volunteers: https://opositive.submittable.com/submit/59654/kingston-volunteer and volunteer providers for the Artists’ Clinic: https://opositive.submittable.com/submit/ca3804e8-b446-4aa6-a4d4-98c4d9409d52/kingston-artists-clinic-providers We hope you will join us in this movement!