Festival Fever: The Quiet Music Festival @ Skidmore’s Tang Museum on Thursday


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The Tang Museum at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs is hosting the east coast premiere of Portland, Oregon’s annual Quiet Music Festival on Thursday (October 23).

Chris Johanson, founder and curator of the Portland fest since 2011, is also a visual artist whose work is included in the Tang’s current exhibition “I was a double.” He has performed at each of the Portland fests with his band Sun Foot, and they’ll be in Saratoga Springs to perform on Thursday as well. Johnson describes the festival as “a communal listening experience that celebrates emotional, vibrant, and low-volume music honoring the quiet act of listening.”

He also says, it’s “the only festival where sleeping is encouraged.”

The music starts at 5pm on Thursday. Admission is free, and festival-goers are welcome to come and go throughout the evening’s performances.

Here’s the line-up of performers scheduled for the Tang Museum’s Quiet Music Festival:

SUN FOOT: Portland/Los Angeles-based trio of Ron Burns (drums, guitar, vocals, drum machine, keyboard), Chris Johanson (bass, guitar, drum machine, keyboard, vocals) and Brian Mumford (guitar, bass, drum machine, vocals, clarinet).

ROSARY BEARD: The Local 518 instrumental acoustic guitar duo of Hunter Sagehorn and Matthew Loiacono

MELISSA CHILINSKI: The songwriter for the Saratoga band Lilting Forward

LIZZI BOUGATSOS: The lead singer for the band Gang Gang Dance

HUSH ARBORS: A collective of experimental musicians led by singer-songwriter-guitarist Keith Wood

DRAGGING AN OX THROUGH WATER: Brian Mumford’s project performs songs rooted in folk/country traditions, though ruptured and complicated by feedback, drones, tape hiss and homemade oscillators.

DAVID GREENBERGER: The spoken word artist (and mayor of Duplex Planet) performed at the Tang earlier this year, playing with his band A Strong Dog for five nights in a one-seat theater.

TRINIE DALTON: Novelist, short story writer, critic and Faculty Director of the MFA in Writing and Publishing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts


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