Celebration of the Arts


Updated June 18, 2018

The Line-up Is Shaping Up

The Hipstones are Anthea White and Mark Palmer, and they’re also the owners of a new coffee shop and provisions store, Village Coffee & Goods, at 17 Railroad Avenue. For Celebration of the Arts, Anthea and Mark will shed their shopkeepers’ aprons and perform with their band. These two natives of Sydney have toured Australia, Europe, the U.S., and most recently Brooklyn – and MAD is honored to host their Kingston debut!


Jamie Saft and New Zion Trio is a reggae/dub-meets-piano trio featuring Saft on keyboards. In 2016, All About Jazz wrote: “What dub has always needed is improvising artists like Saft and (Brazilian percussionist Cyro) Baptista. Certainly, improvised music benefits here from this reggae/dub/Brazilian connection.” Seems fair to assume an irresistible urge to dance will arise under the hypnotic effect of their music. Be glad The Arc offers plenty of space to shake your booty!

Percussion Orchestra Of Kingston (POOK) – one of our Celebration’s perennial favorites – will return to share their love of drumming and kick the festivities into an energetic gear. Three professional percussionists started this audition-only group in 1997 and more than 20 years later, these dedicated young musicians showcase rhythms from all over the world in distinctive arrangements of traditional material and their own originals. Hundreds of area kids have been a part of this ensemble, which performs at MAD events, as well as at West Point, Jacob’s Pillow and other major venues.

Andrea Shaut plays both piano and trombone and has served as pianist for the West Point Military Academy Glee Club and The Kazz Music Orchestra, among other gigs. Maybe you’ve heard her play locally at ArtBar or at ASK, and she’s also a talented accompanist and coach for young professional musicians and local school choirs. Will she play jazz or classical? Solo or duet? More details to come …

May 22, 2018

Celebration of the Arts at The Arc!

Kingston’s 4th Annual Celebration of the Arts will be held on Friday, August 3 from 6:30 – 9 p.m.

MAD is hosting this year’s dynamic free event at The Arc of Ulster-Greene’s new and exciting creative hub at Cornell Creative Arts Center. It’s slated to officially open in 2019, but you don’t have to wait that long to get a peek inside! Come to Celebration of the Arts to enjoy performances by world-renowned local musicians and mingle with your creative community of friends.

Peter Wetzler, the City of Kingston’s Distinguished Artist Awardee, is once again curating the Celebration of the Arts. In addition to a world-class lineup of musicians, MAD will bestow two Red Goat Awards to recognize outstanding contributions to the arts in Kingston. This year’s awardees are performer and director, Drew Andrews, from Center for Creative Education and Lara Giordano, from Kingston High School, PUGG, DRAW and the YMCA.