I’ve lived in the city of Kingston, New York for over 10 years. It is my home, in a way that no other place has ever been.
Which makes me particularly proud to have been accepted for a wonderful, nationally-growing event – The O+ (O Positive) Festival, which is based on a really simple idea:
Underinsured artists and musicians create and perform, in exchange for a variety of services – donated by doctors, dentists and complementary care providers.
O+ calls this exchange “the art of medicine for the medicine of art.”
O+ was founded here in 2010, by a small group of artists-activists, doctors and a dentist. Since then, it has expanded big time. It’s now a national nonprofit, working in cities around the country. And once a year, it takes over this whole city – not just music venues, but the whole city – not just musicians, but visual artists as well.
The factory building I live in is graced by a mural painted by Nani Chacon, which she lovingly created during the O+ Festival last year. Our city is covered in these murals from previous years.
The O+ Festival lasts all weekend long. Virtually every venue in the city takes part. You can get a 3 DAY all-access festival wristband for a suggested donation of only $50, which includes a limited-edition T-shirt as a thank you ($75 donation includes a “Be Prepared” sweatshirt)!
I’ll be playing Saturday night, October 6th, at The Anchor in Kingston – 744 Broadway – with a bunch of great folks.
Mark Marshall and Friends
Dave Fields on Guitar and vocals
Andy Huenerberg on Bass
David Tetrault on Drums
Willie Smith on Sax
Sara Jecko and Martina Enschede on backing vocals
Brock Purdy on some mean-ass harp.