10th Annual O+ Kingston festival of art, music and wellness kicks off this weekend

Dance-punk band !!! (Chk Chk Chk) will headline the 10th annual O+ Kingston festival of art, music and wellness, held October 11-13. !!! will be joined by folk-rocker Elvis Perkins, Dirty Projectors lead singer and guitarist David Longstreth (solo), cabaret-punk band The World/Inferno Friendship Society, cumbia-meets-garage rocker Tall Juan, visionary guitarist Sam Cohen, neo-soul band Lady Moon & The Eclipse and 40 more solo artists, bands and ensembles representing a wide cross-section of musical genres and styles.

Weekend wristbands include entry to all concerts as well as film and video screenings, participatory art workshops, cycling events, Literary SALO+N, classes in yoga, dance, meditation, sound healing, and more. See the full schedule here, subject to change.

Kingston community members who would like to attend, but are deterred by financial resources will be able to pick up free 3-day wristbands from the following O+ Festival partners: Center for Creative Education, Harambee, Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, Kingston Library, Latinxproject, My Kingston Kids, Radio Kingston, Rise Up Kingston and the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County. Free wristbands are made possible thanks to the generosity of O+ supporters.

Other O+ Kingston music highlights include BODEGA (post-punk indie), The Giraffes (heavy rock), Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy (folk rockabilly), Sound of Ceres (electro dream pop) and Chris Wells and The Silver Spaceship (epic party band from the superfreak behind The Secret City).

Elvis Perkins

In addition, O+ partner Bardavon Presents welcomes “The Mystical Arts Of Tibet” on Sunday, Oct. 13 at UPAC.

The initial music lineup (of which 60 percent is from the mid-Hudson Valley) also includes: Ami Madeleine, Chris Andersen, The Arkhams, Sandy Bell, Brandy, Camp Saint Helene, Carrtoons, Datura Road, Dronechoir, Eat The Cake Band, Greg Farley, The Four Fives, Foster Care, Glockabelle, Zeb Gould, Grover, Hen in the Foxhouse, Jalani Lion, JB!! aka Dirty Moses w/Victory Soul Orchestra and DJ Nate da Great, Julia Kent, DJ Ali’s KinderDisco, Zamy Maa, Olivier Manchon’s Orchestre de Chambre Miniature, Maiko Hata Trio, The Meditation Tapes, Mooskii G. Myyers, Peter Naddeo, The Nightblinders, NOVA ONE, 100ANDZERO, Ramona Lane, The Restless Age, Sledge Wolf, Cheval Sombre, Tiny Blue Ghost, TONUS MAXIMUS, The Wilful Boys and Tyler G. Wood.

Dirty Projectors’ David Longstreth

This year’s O+ Kingston artists have responded to the theme of “X” with cross-disciplinary projects, collaborations and interventions at the intersection of art and life. Films, installations, murals, performances, multi-site experiential projects and workshops invite the viewer to activate artwork with participation. Workshops include artXmedicine, visual artXmusic, artXsocial engagement/activism, artXenvironmental activism, and X organizing principle/pattern

Participating artists and musicians receive complimentary health and wellness care in the Artists’ Clinic and in local dentists’ offices during the festival weekend. O+ calls this exchange: “the art of medicine for the medicine of art.”

O+ Kingston is currently seeking general festival volunteers and volunteer health and wellness providers in the Artists’ Clinic.