KINGSTON, N.Y. -- As of Sunday afternoon, 80 musicians, 25 artists and 30 volunteers had received care at the O+ Festival's medical clinic on Wall Street in Kingston, the clinic's director said.
The payment to artists who painted one of 29 murals around the city and musicians who performed throughout the weekend is something many artists find more valuable than the usual payments they receive.
"I got my wisdom teeth out on this side of my mouth," musician Laura Hajek said. "...Two teeth by Dr. Cingel."
Hajek and Russ Marshalek, both of New York City, make up the experimental rock group, 'A Place Both Wonderful and Strange.'
While touring to promote their latest album, Hajek started having a toothache, yet no insurance to do much about it.
It caused some concern.
"If she were to be unable to play," began Marshalek, "One: that's show money that we're losing, and Two: how are we going to get this taken care of? Because none of us have a spare $4,000 or $5,000 kicking around."
Many artists, like Hajek, have been coming into the clinic at the beginning of the weekend to first get a general evaluation and to schedule other appointments and follow-up care through the rest of the weekend.
When Spectrum News spoke with Hajek on Sunday afternoon, she was following up Saturday's tooth extraction with a massage.
"We showed up on Friday, had some fun. On Saturday, I got my teeth out and relaxed and watched TV," she said. "Now, today, we're going to play a show."
"Some people are getting into the hands of a doctor for the first time in years," Clinic Director and Nurse in Charge, Shannon Light, said.
Professionals providing not just medical and dental care, but also massage therapy and even acupuncture therapy, volunteered their time and services for the entire weekend.
Light said she and other professionals there like working outside the system to help freelancers get proper care so they can continue creating for a living.
"We just like to see people where they are, one-on-one, without the threat of a bill, insurance or co-pay," Light said. "We're just happy to sit face-to-face with people and connect them to the care that they need."
On Sunday, after a weekend of catching artists up on medical care, volunteer staff were helping artists explore public and private insurance options to hopefully make health care more accessible to them later on in their travels.