FEST: North Adams O+ Festival Announces Line-Up of Bands

The O+ Festival comes to North Adams for the first time on Friday & Saturday, May 10 & 11. Nearly 20 musical acts and nine visual artists (mural, installation and performance) have been confirmed to participate in the festival’s unique exchange of the “art of medicine for the medicine of art” at a variety of North Adams venues. Creatives and festival volunteers who donate their time and talent to the weekend receive free health and wellness care in an Artists’ Clinic staffed by local providers across disciplines.

French-Cameroonian duo Les Nubians, known for their singular blend of warm R&B and francophone hip-hop, will headline the fest with a concert at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center on Saturday, May 11. Burlington’s Spero, whose music is a blend of jazz, folk and world rhythms, will open for Les Nubians.

The public can order all-access festival wristbands and merchandise online. For a $50 donation, an all-access festival wristband includes admission to all the concerts (including Les Nubians) and art happenings as well as an EXPLO+RE series of classes that include meditation, stress management, Tai chi, Pilates and more.

Here’s the rest of the line-up of bands for the inaugural O+ North Adams fest:

Blood Blush (post-punk/dream-goth, New York)
Quincy (country-folk-bluegrass-rock, North Adams)
Frenchy & The Punk (cabaret/folk rock, New Paltz)
Home Body (electronic/experimental pop, Greenfield)
JB!! aka Dirty Moses (hip hop/rap, Albany)
Kortnee Simmons (R&B, Kingston)
MSL (dream pop, Beacon)
Belle-Skinner (rock/indie, Delmar)
Matthew Fowler (singer-songwriter, Gainesville, Fla.)
Erica Eso (synth pop, Brooklyn)
Hill Haints (post-punk/no wave, Berkshire County)
Jagweed (banjo punk, Ludlow)
Julia Caesar (indie femme rock, Burlington)
Mamma’s Marmalade (newgrass, Northampton)
Mutant Forest (immersive electronic, Brooklyn)
Nick Stanley (singer-songwriter, North Adams)
Weege & The Wondertwins (hot jazz circus rock, Westfield)

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THE DAY BEFORE THE AWARDS FILM FESTIVAL @ East Greenbush Community Library, East Greenbush, February 23, FREE
HIGH MUD COMEDY FEST @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, March 29 & 30
TASTE OF COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 7-9
MOUNTAIN JAM @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, June 13-16
SOLID SOUND @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, June 28-30
TAIL WINDS MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Hudson Valley Regional Airport, Wappingers Falls, June 29
FREIHOFER’S SARATOGA JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, June 29 & 30
GREEN RIVER FESTIVAL @ Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, July 12-14
WOODSTOCK 50 @ Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, August 16-18
BETHEL WOODS MUSIC AND CULTURE FESTIVAL @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, August 16-18 (cancelled)

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