FEST: The Second Annual O+ Poughkeepsie Festival Is This Weekend


The O+ Festival in Kingston has become an annual fixture on the festival calendar, and now the fest is returning to Poughkeepsie for the second time this weekend. Last year’s inaugural O+ Poughkeepsie festival of art, music, wellness and community was an overwhelming success, and it’s back on Poughkeepsie’s Main Street on Friday and Saturday (August 3 & 4).

Three mural artists and more than two dozen bands and solo musicians will participate in the O+ Poughkeepsie festival of art, music and wellness, including legendary graffiti and mural artist Lady Pink, mural artist and graphic designer Joe Pimentel and muralist Sam Meyerson, all of whom will make large-scale artworks in response to the theme “Shadow.”

O+ Poughkeepsie will feature bands and solo musicians from the Hudson Valley and beyond with an emphasis on busker-style street performance. Genres include hip-hop, reggae/dub, indie rock, folk/bluegrass, electronic and spoken word. Music highlights include Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones, Bear Grass, Luis Mojica, Bright Dog Red, Royal KhaoZ, The Warp/The Weft and J.A.H.G.

What sets O+ apart from other festivals? The participating musicians and artists will receive complimentary health and wellness care in the O+ Artists’ Clinic, which is staffed by volunteer providers.

Festival wristbands are available now for a pay-what-you-can price (with a suggested donation of $10. At the $20 donation level, festival-goers will also receive an O+ t-shirt. The wristband is your all-access pass to all of the music performances, in addition to watching artists make large-scale murals and attending the Wellness EXPO+.

GO HERE for the complete 2018 line-up of bands and other O+ Poughkeepsie events…

COUNTRY & BLUEGRASS JAMBOREE @ Little Theater on the Farm, Fort Edward, August 1
FALCON RIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL @ Dodds Farm, Hillsdale, August 3-5
BLACK ARTS & CULTURAL FESTIVAL @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, August 4, FREE
NEW YORK STATE FOOD FESTIVAL @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, August 8, FREE
DIRT FARMER FESTIVAL @ Arrowood Farms, Accord, August 19
EXIT DOME @ WMHT-TV Studio, North Greenbush, September 7
EASTBOUND THROWDOWN @ Irwin Farm, Salem, September 7 & 8
FRESHGRASS @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, September 14-16
PEARLPALOOZA @ North Pearl Street, Albany, September 15, FREE
HOPS & HARVEST FESTIVAL @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, September 19, FREE
HISPANIC HERITAGE CELEBRATION @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, September 22, FREE
OUTLAW MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, September 23

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