Original music. (Check.) Provocative art. (Check.) Live video projections and an after-party. (Check and check.)
Filling The Void Festival is a two-day multimedia arts and music festival at The Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in Riverhead. The event, presented by FRESH Art Long Island and Live @ Recording Studios, swings into high gear Friday night.
“We love that great music festivals were happening in Long Island, but when we found out the blues festival was canceled for whatever political reason, we thought this was an opportunity to do something great,” says Robert Edwin, founder and co-curator of FRESH, an influx art collective dedicated to underground and emerging artists on Long Island.
On Friday, you’ll hear the gamut of rock and pop by The Visitors (including the son and daughter of Zebra frontman Randy Jackson), North Highlands, Jebus and Bronze Radio Return. Saturday features a variety of pop, rock, hip-hop and live experimental techno by groups Prospector, Agent Danger, Ava Luna and Ancient Tongue. Video artist FreakCast will showcase live video projection in sync with the live music.
Eight artists from Long Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Los Angeles, London and São Paulo, Brazil, will showcase 25 works of art in the festival’s exhibition, “The Great American Living Room.” Edwin describes the art show as “an elegy to the television.”
“The fact that we’ve had a TV in our households, it has given people an incredible tool to use subliminal messages to convince us to buy things that we don’t need,” he says. “This is an exploration of the exploitative powers of the TV and where we’re headed towards with the computer.”
Works include painting, sculpture, photography and video such as Lisa Kirk’s “Revolution” – a subversive video about advertising and technology, and Jon Duci’s digital manipulation (pictured).
So why check it out?
“There is nothing like this going on on Long Island. This is a really interesting mix of art and music and special guests,” Edwin says. “It’s a really nice affordable alternative to high-price music festivals.”
FILLING THE VOID FESTIVAL
WHEN/WHERE 7-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, 18 Peconic Ave., Riverhead
COST $20 Friday or Saturday, $30 for both Friday and Saturday
FILLING THE VOID FESTIVAL AFTER-PARTY
WHEN/WHERE Doors open at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Cody’s BBQ & Grill, 65 E. Main St., Riverhead
COST Free with festival tickets