Brooklyn’s Dead Leaf Echo (nouveau wave), Washington, D.C.’s Paperhaus (psychedelic) and Baltimore rap artist Abdu Ali join local favorites The Mammals (Americana/folk), The Big Takeover (“Jamaica meets Motown”) and Upgrade (hip hop) for the eighth annual O+ Kingston Oct. 6-8.
The weekend of art, music, wellness and community features more than 50 bands and 20 visual, installation and performance artists. It also includes the much-loved kickoff parade, EXPLO+RE classes in yoga, dance, meditation and more, cycling events for all skill levels, Wellness EXPO+ and Literary SALO+N. New this year: O+ has teamed up with the Good Work Institute to present the HO+ME Economics conference at O+.
What makes O+ unique? The underinsured artists, musicians and dedicated volunteers who donate their time and talent to the festival weekend receive complimentary health and wellness care from volunteer providers in our Artists’ Clinic. We call this exchange “The Art of Medicine for the Medicine of Art.”
Advance donations for all-access weekend wristbands come with exclusive thank you gifts including a “You Can’t Buy CO+MMUNITY” tote bag and 1240+1 T-shirts, racerback tank tops and sweatshirts.
Seven artists will make seven murals that respond to the theme of “Home” throughout the neighborhoods of uptown, midtown and, for the first time, Rondout, where Kingston native and O+ alumnus Matthew Pleva will create a large-scale work at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Other mural locations will be announced in the weeks ahead.
O+ Kingston will welcome Albuquerque, N.M.-based mural artist Nanibah “Nani” Chacon, part of the “Honor the Treaties” collective, and Brooklyn-based mural artist Vince Ballentine, who made the Tribe Called Quest tribute mural in the St. Albans neighborhood of Queens.
Brooklyn-based painter and illustrator Jia Sung, who assisted Jess X. Snow on 2016’s “O Wind Take Me to My Country” mural at ARTBAR Gallery on Broadway, returns to Kingston to make her first large-scale mural project as the lead artist.
The eighth annual O+ Kingston’s diverse musical lineup ranges from folk jazz (Keys to the Moon) to hip hop/funk/soul (Cross Culture) to indie rock (Graveyard Lovers) to ambient psych rock (The Stargazer Lilies) to fever-pop (Home Body) to swamp rock (Viva Le Vox) and swamp blues (ROEBUCK) — even hockey rock with The Zambonis!
There are also exciting musical collaborations between Ambrosia Parsley (Shivaree) and Chris Maxwell, Mimi Goese (Hugo Largo) and Ben Neill, and Claire Muldaur Manchon (Clare and The Reasons) and Olivier Manchon (Orchestre de Chambre Miniature) aka the Manchon Family Band.
The art lineup includes: Vince Ballentine (mural), Jane Bloodgood-Abrams (mural), Cave Dogs / Suzanne Stokes(performance), Nanibah Chacon (mural), Erika deVries & Jonah Meyer (installation and performance), Enz (mural), Matthew Goldpaugh (installation), Guerilla Haiku Movement (installation and performance), Melissa Halvorson (projection), Rik Lopes (installation and performance), Melissa officinalis (installation), Matthew Pleva (mural), Amy Poux (performance), Valerie Sharp (performance), Justin Suarez (mural), Jia Sung (mural) and The Wayfinder Experience (interactive scavenger hunt).
The initial music lineup includes Abdu Ali, Adir L.C., Air Waves, Ambrosia Parsley and Chris Maxwell, Amity, Baltic, The Big Takeover, Bob Fleming & the Drunk Girl Chorus, Br’er, Buffalo Sex Change, Candy Ambulance, Chernobyl’s Children, Cross Culture, Dead Leaf Echo, Dusted, Gong Supreme, Graveyard Lovers, Hammydown, Hardc0re, Home Body, Jouska, Justin Tracy, Keys to the Moon, Kortnee Simmons, Locofreeq, Mail the Horse, The Mammals, Manchon Family Band, Mimi Goese and Ben Neill, Miss Velvet and The Blue Wolf, Mister Roper, MSL, NCM, Oshwa, Paperhaus, The Pauses, Payne’s Grey Sky, Porcelain Helmet, Purple kniF, Ratboy Jr., ROEBUCK, The Rough Shapes, Ryan Egan, The Stargazer Lilies, Surmiser, Ten Pound Chicken, Upgrade, Viva Le Vox, The Zambonis and Zero Mean.
The Kingston festival weekend is O+’s largest fundraiser. Advance wristband donations power the yearround work of the national nonprofit while allowing organizers to make the festival weekend accessible to all through a “pay what you can/what’s it worth to you” model at HO+ME Base.