When: Fri., Oct. 11, Sat., Oct. 12 and Sun., Oct. 13 2013
The fourth annual O+ Festival — where artists and musicians exchange their work for much-needed health care services will light up Uptown Kingston this Columbus Day Weekend, October 11th through 13th.
The line-up and schedule can be found at kingston.opositivefestival.org. With music, art, family activities, public health info, yoga and wellness classes, the debut of a custom O+ brew from Keegan Ales, and more, this grassroots-organized, community-run, three-day party will rock multiple venues throughout Uptown, and weekend-long wristbands are available for only $25.
Come witness the installation of giant artworks by internationally–known street muralist Gaia and artist/activist LMNOPi. Musical acts will include British space rock legend Spiritualized, duo Buke & Gase known for their handmade instruments, both performing in the Old Dutch Church. Don’t miss sets from singer/novelist/painter Dan Bern, indie star Nicole Atkins, hometown heroes Simone Felice of the Felice Brothers, and Simi Stone backed by her all-star band — Gail Ann Dorsey, Zachary Alford, (longtime collaborators of David Bowie), Sara Lee (Gang of Four), and industry vet David Baron. Other acts from Alexander Turnquist to Jay Ungar and Molly Mason to Bunnybrains will rock the neighborhood Friday to Sunday, and the array of world-class art installations is O+'s art roster strongest yet.
Overall, this year the festival will boast 80 artists and musicians, over 90 medical and alternative care practitioners, a slew of volunteers and a large number of sponsors and local donors. O+ is also excited to share a weekend-long program of yoga and movement classes at St. Joseph’s School on Wall St., called ExplO+re, to all O+ ticket holders.
“We’re thrilled by the amazing quality of submissions received,” notes O+ co-founder Joe Concra. He added, “Of course, the huge quantity of submissions is indicative of the great need for accessible health services for artists’ talent, even with talent like this that we consider to be so successful and well-known.” Joe's statement rings true with many artists and musicians around the United States; the O+ Festival is addressing an urgent need.