Dreamland, a new music and immersive art festival centered around "the American Dream and the promise that it holds for the immigrant communities" is coming to Austin on May 2-3.
On Thursday, festival organizers announced the event’s first headliner, jam band Dispatch, along with a diverse selection of top Texas talent set to play the free event.
Local artists Alejandro Escovedo, Atash, Bob Schneider & His Band, Carolyn Wonderland, Del Castillo, Ian Moore, Jesse Dayton, Kalu & The Electric Joint, Mélat, Oliver Rajamani, Shinyribs and Úlla are all on the roster. Organizers promise more headliners will be announced in the coming weeks.
Festival organizers have curated and commissioned large scale art installations for the event including a custom-built Ellis Island that will immerse fest-goers in "video, audio, photos and real stories of America’s early immigrants."
"[The issue of] immigration is filled with anger and closed minds," said Steve Kuhn founder of the policy reform nonprofit, IDEAL Immigration, who conceptualized the event. "We want to bring people together. We want to open minds and hearts and let people enjoy each other to help make the discussion around immigration a more joyful and productive one."
No location for the festival was listed on a press release about the event. According to the website, "Dreamland will be located at a secret location in Austin, Texas which will be announced shortly."
For more information and to sign up for tickets visit dream.org.