Sondre Lerche, Kaki King to Headline Oct. 7-9 O+ Festival

Legendary graffiti artist Lady Pink will make mural inspired by Mothers of Invention theme

All-access wristbands are available now for the seventh O+ Festival of art, music and wellness, which takes place Oct. 7-9 in Kingston, N.Y. The weekend features performances by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sondre Lerche, guitarist and composer Kaki King (with her visually stunning “The Neck is a Bridge to the Body” show), indie pop sister duo Chaos Chaos, Americana-meets-punk duo Megan Jean and the Klay Family Band, singer-songwriter Jesse Marchant, experimental pop band Pavo Pavo and “slow pop” sextet Loch Lomond.

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Sondre Lerche

The lineup of more than 60 bands — our biggest to date! — also includes Hudson Valley-based acts Breakfast for the Boys, Frenchy and the Punk  and Geezer. This year’s venues include Alebrijes, The Anchor, BSP Kingston, Keegan Ales, Old Dutch Church, Stockade Tavern and Two Ravens Tavern. We invite the public and local alumni to perform at an open mic event hosted by The Gold Hope Duo at Uptown Coffee.

More than 30 artists will respond with murals, exhibitions, installations and performances to this year’s theme: Mothers of Invention. Two legendary “mothers of invention” — O+ alumna Linda Mary Montano (art/life counseling) and graffiti artist Lady Pink (mural) — will donate their talents to the Kingston community.

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Kaki King

Four additional murals will be made by John Breiner (highlighting the humble brick), Jess X Chen (honoring women migrants and refugees), Martina Nehrling (celebrating intuition and instinct) and Eugene Stetz, Jr. (venerating imagination).

Woodstock Bookfest hosts a story slam featuring musicians and writers trading stories about mothers. O+ alumnus Will Lytle, winner of the Keegan Ales/O+ can design competition, will be the featured artist at an exhibition at the brewery.

What makes O+ Festival unique? The artists, musicians and volunteers who donate their time and talent to the festival receive complimentary health and wellness care from volunteer providers in our pop-up clinic. We call this exchange “the art of medicine for the medicine of art.”

And O+ Festival is more than art-making and concerts. It also features a New Orleans-style kickoff parade, Literary SALO+N and CO+LLAGE Café, Wellness EXPO+ and conference, cycling events and EXPLO+RE classes in yoga, meditation, dance and more.

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Make a donation, receive an all-access wristband for the three-day weekend of art, music and wellness. Your donation is worth double thanks to a donor-advised matching grant administered by the Tides Foundation. What’s it worth to YO+U?

The initial music lineup includes: Alana Amram & the Rough Gems, Amare Symoné, Angela Bove, Bearquilt, Blueberry, Breakfast for the Boys, Bright Dog Red, Brittani O’Hearn, Bucket, Calder Mansfield, Chaos Chaos, Chris Maxwell, Decorum, Dust Bowl Faeries, Earl Grey Trio, Emily Ritz, Errorarium, Eskalators, Fax Machine America, Frank McGinnis & The Whim, Frenchy and the Punk, Funkrust Brass Band, Heroes of ToolikGeezer, GYMSHORTS, In the Kitchen, JB aka Dirty Moses, Jesse Marchant, Kaki King, Karma Darwin, Knock Yourself Out, Levanta, Loch Lomond, Luis Mojica, Madárka, Mammal Dap, Mariana & Gabriel, Max’s New Hat, Megan Jean and the Klay Family Band, The Miracle Whips, Musa Reems, Nightmares for a WeekParlor Walls, Pavo Pavo, PMS and the mood swingsPontoon, Pop & Obachan, RMA, SageArts: Songs of Our Elders, The Sci-Flies, Shadow Witch, Sin City, Sondre Lerche, Soulia and the Sultans, The Sweet Clementines, Tele Novella, The Tins, Twisty BonBon, Uni Ika Ai and Woodstock Bookfest. More musical acts may be added as confirmed.

The lineup of artists, many of whom are making collaborative, interactive works, includes: Maxfield Bala, John Breiner, Jess X. Chen, Anna Laura Hafner, Lady Pink, Norm Magnusson, Jill McDermid & Lorene Bouboushian, Mick Farrell, Andrea Frank, The Green Palette, Camilla Ha, Geddes JonesOcean J. Lofgren, Liam Robert McDonald, Linda Mary Montano, Martina Nehrling, Mary Jane Nusbaum, Katalin Pazmandi, Annie Poon, Jessica Poser, Maia S. Rich, Rebecca R. Rojer, Steve Rossi, Eugene Stetz, Jr., P Tenney, Uncle Riley with UMEWE, Chris Victor, John Walter and Linda Weintraub.

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