O+ FESTIVAL UNDERWAY
Members of the Redwing Blackbird Theater of Rosendale carry cardboard cut-outs in Friday’s O+ Festival Parade in Uptown Kingston on Friday to symbolize support for the Black Lives Matter movement and the End the New Jim Crow Action Network. The festival, which connects artists and actors with medical providers, runs through Sunday at various locations in Kingston.
The O+ Festival is back in Uptown Kingston, as well as part of Midtown, this weekend with more than 60 bands and more than 30 artists.
The seventh annual festival (pronounced ‘O positive’), which seeks to connect artists and actors to medical providers, began Friday and runs through Sunday.
“Mothers of Invention” is the theme of this year’s festival, which is expected to draw more than 2,500 people. “We’re honoring women,” O+ Kingston Director Aimee Gardner said. “We chose two mural artists who are women, who are kind of rising stars ... or proven dynamos in mural art.”
Also this year, the festival has expanded deeper into Midtown.
“We’re really fanning out into the Broadway ... art corridor,” Gardner said. “We have had a mural there before at Seven21 [Media Center]. But this year we’re having two major ones on Broadway.”
The music at this year’s festival features a greater diversity than the indie rock and blues-driven lineups of past years, she said.
Among the highlights will be Kaki King, performing at 8 p.m. Saturday at BSP on Wall Street.
Literary salons at this year’s festival will include one from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Outdated Cafe, 314 Wall St., and one from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Art Bar, 674 Broadway.
This year’s festival also places an emphasis on performance arts, Gardner said.
The Rosekill Activators, of Rosendale, will do short performances throughout Kingston, including at the Frog Alley ruin a 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday.
In future years, the festival hopes to expand to Downtown Kingston, the goal of strengthening ties between Uptown, Midtown and the Rondout area.