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Amanda Palmer back for O+ Festival benefit concert

Amanda Palmer.

Amanda Palmer, punk cabaret singer-songwriter, is finally back in our corner of the country, after two years of exile in New Zealand, and she has a lot of new musical creations in the pipeline. His original group, the Dresden Dolls, is reuniting this fall for the first time since 2018, with a tour scheduled with three performances from Nov. 10-12 at an as yet undetermined location in Woodstock. And his only show this summer – his first headlining gig since returning to the US – is at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston at 7.30pm on Saturday August 13. This is an advantage for the O + festival, where she has already performed in 2017.

Palmer was on the final leg of a world tour for his Intensely Raw 2019 album There will be no interruption when COVID-19 hit and the country went into lockdown. With a characteristically unfiltered candor, she chronicled the tensions of the pandemic-era disconnect on social media and her blog. But as one of the early adopters of internet-facilitated communication with her fiercely loyal fanbase, she’s managed to keep the flame of fandom alive in the meantime. Her experiences over the past two years seem to resonate with many people around the world who have dealt with the ravages of COVID, each in their own way.

Not only does Palmer have over a million followers on Twitter, over 300,000 on Instagram, over 400,000 on Facebook and over 200,000 on YouTube, but she also has a tremendous track record of crowdfunding various creative projects. . His 2012 album with the Grand Theft Orchestra, theater is evil, was funded by the most successful Kickstarter campaign ever for an original music project, raising nearly $1.2 million. Palmer turned that experience into The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help Me, a 2013 TED Talk that has been viewed over eight million times, as well as a bestselling book. She currently has about 14,000 sponsors on Patreon.

Preaching the gospel of a barter economy and volunteer support systems for “creatives” as alternatives to the old regime of creative control by music labels has long been a key part of the Amanda Palmer brand. So it makes perfect sense that she’s 100% on board with O+’s mission to connect artists with healthcare providers, without the money changing hands.

“I’m lucky – and I’ve been lucky since the beginning of the Dresden Dolls – to have health insurance and to be able to insure all my staff. But most American musicians are screwed. Especially coming from New Zealand, where health care is free and universal (for anyone, regardless of age, race or occupation), it is even more shocking to face a culture where artists and musicians must choose between health care and basic care needs, such as food and rent, Palmer writes. “This whole system is designed to fail. I often find that my friends abroad are unaware of the punitive and horrifying nature of the healthcare system here in the United States. It is simply barbaric for those who take free or cheap health care for granted.

The August 13 show at the Old Dutch Church will feature indie musicians Holly Miranda, Chris Wells and Gracie and Rachel as special guests. “It’s going to be really intimate and memorable,” Palmer says, promising “a mix of old and new tracks” plus some collaborations. If you’re a novice to its quirky, provocative workhere are links to some examples of popular past works: “Coin-Operated Boy” by the Dresden Dolls (2004) on www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4gPZPKJc0s; and “The Bed Song” from theater is evilturned into a music video by Bard College students when Palmer was artist-in-residence there in 2013, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sW4dwXXX7Q.

While at Bard, she did an “Evening with Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer” live show at Fisher Center and a mostly solo performance at Spiegeltent during Bard SummerScape in 2014. She has also performed in the past at Colony and the Bearsville Theatre. , making the two likely contestants the venue to kick off the Dresden Dolls’ reunion tour scheduled for November. HV1 will share this news once further details are announced.

With tours already on the horizon, the tantalizing question arises as to how Amanda Palmer – as well as her husband, always-busy fantasy author Neil Gaiman (who is currently touting this weekend’s premiere of the TV version as expected from his iconic graphic novel The sand man), and their young son Ash – will be moving back into their Woodstock home after such a long hiatus. Palmer clearly has a knack for finding community wherever she goes, and since the family’s return she’s already shown up on short notice to play voluntarily at a fundraiser for the Woodstock Library. Helping the organizers of the O+ Festival is the logical next step, as their missions are aligned. We hope we can hear him play locally quite often for the foreseeable future, and that the good people in our area will provide the emotional safety net and sense of grounding that these pandemic-afflicted wanderers may need.

The Old Dutch Church is located at 272 Wall Street in Kingston. Tickets for Amanda Palmer in concert, beginning at 7:30 p.m., are $35. “He will embody the soul of our work, of giving and receiving, with love and dignity, the folks at O+ say. Note that subscribers to the O+ Backstage experience can participate in a special event at 6 p.m. including an art auction, food, drinks, merchandising, music and information on how providers health care providers and artists connect via O+. Tickets for the VIP package are $65. All proceeds from the evening will support “the exchange of the art of medicine for the medicine of the art at the center of O+’s mission, as well as funding the expansion of access to health care -to be for artists and musicians throughout the year”.

Proof of vaccination will be required at the door for this event. Masks are optional but encouraged. To buy tickets, go to https://opositivefestival.org/31390/o-benefit-amanda-palmer-in-concert.