On Saturday, August 11, Easton Mountain, a retreat center and community of gay men in the rolling hills of Greenwich, New York, 45 minutes north of Albany, will host their second annual Queer Music Festival. The festival brings together an impressive lineup of musical talent, from the reflective tunes of singer-songwriter Tom Goss to the hip-hop inspired rhythms of Neil Totton, to the funky grooves of the all women’s band, Sister Funk. Proceeds from the event go to support Easton’s Queer Spirit Camp, a weeklong program for GLBT youth between the ages of 18 and 26 to develop leadership skills, positive self-concepts, and a sense of community.
The Music Festival will be hosted by Tony-Award nominee, Mx. Justin Vivian Bond. Other performers include Queer artists Ben Lerman, Ryan Cassata, Freddy Freeman, Jeremy Gloff, Kendall Kelley, Darren Chase, and the festival’s Artistic Director, Jonathan Comisar, among others. For a full roster, performer bios, and clips of the musicians performing their work, please see the festival website at: http://www.eastonmountain.com/programs/120811MusicFestival.html
Tickets for the all day (1 PM-10 PM) event can be purchased at the website listed above. Lodging is available at area inns and motels; call Easton Mountain at 800-553-8235 for more information. Camping at Easton (restroom facilities are available in the main lodge) is also available in exchange for a donation to Queer Spirit Camp. Don’t miss this opportunity to support a group of talented LGBT musicians, benefit Queer youth, and hear some great music, all while experiencing the rustic beauty of Easton Mountain!