Feel Good Music Festival this weekend at Charles Point

Public invited to enjoy free music and educational programs


Local musicians Kristina Koller and Alex Smith have teamed up with nonprofit organization Arts 10566 to present the second annual “Feel Good Music Series” this summer featuring musical performances paired with educational programming at Charles Point Park.

Koller, a vocalist, and Smith, a pianist, co-founded the series in 2021 as a way to safely bring Peekskill residents and visitors together with inspiring music in a beautiful setting along the Hudson River. The series will be held this weekend, Saturday, June 25th and Sunday, June 26th and will feature a variety of musical styles highlighting the wonderful diversity of artists in Peekskill and the surrounding area.

Each day will begin at 11am with programming from Arts10566 that will feature local Peekskill students performing in a variety of creative disciplines in dance, music, and visual art. The music shows begin at 1pm and will highlight local bands such as Katy Maeve, The Blue Chips, Gillian Margot and the Ecuadorian ensemble, Reencuentro Andino, as well as New York City-based musicians Marion Cowings and the band, Love Honey.

Food trucks will be on hand to give concertgoers the opportunity to enjoy some local flavors as well. All concerts and educational workshops are free and open to the public, with support for the Feel Good Music Series coming from individual donations from residents and local businesses.

Sponsors currently include Arts Westchester, Peekskill Parks & Recreation, Peekskill School District, Peekskill Brewery, The Lanza Family Foundation, Hudson Milk, Dylan’s Wine Cellar, Dains Lumber, White Plains Linen, Counseling Collective, Peekskill Coffee House, D. Bertoline & Sons, Bear Mountain Strength and Fitness, The Dance Conservatory, Fused Fitness, The Truck Stops Here, Dam Good English Muffins, and Two KnitWits.

“Growing up in Yorktown Heights, I was very fortunate to have Peekskill as my backyard to create and give me the space to become part of a thriving art and music scene. I moved to Peekskill after six years of living in NYC as a working musician and educator and the main thing I told myself was ‘if you’re going to move to Peekskill you need to make an impact on the live music scene there,’”said Koller, 27.

“The Feel Good Music Series was born as my way of giving back to the community that welcomed me with open arms and allowed me to become the musical artist I’ve always wanted to be. Diversity, community and unity. This is what I think about for the series and for this beautiful little city,” said Koller, co-founder, Feel Good Music Festival.

“The Feel Good Music Series will fill a great need for cultural programming and give residents the chance to gather at the lovely Charles Point Park. I’m overwhelmed with the community support we’ve received for this project so far and can’t wait to share the music we have planned,” said Alex Smith, co-founder, Feel Good Music Festival

“The Feel Good Music Series is about learning together and coming together as one. Let’s keep investing in our community. Let’s keep investing in Music. Let’s keep investing in us,” said Wilfredo Morel, Director, Arts 10566

For more information about Koller and Smith or become a corporate sponsor or make an individual donation, please visit https://linktr.ee/feelgoodmusicpeekskill

The line up for Saturday is as follows: Arts 10566 Band, String Ensemble and Dance Performance, 11AM-Noon, Katy Maeve, 1pm Love Honey, 3pm Headliner: Gillian Margot, 5pm

Saturday’s line up is: Arts 10566: Brandon Cruz leads a community mural project, 11AM Arts 10566: Theater Presentation, Fiber Arts and Dance Performance, 11:30-Noon The Blue Chips, 1pm Reencuentro Andino, 3pm Headliner: Marion Cowings, 5pm