Bio : Dreamland
The first-of-its-kind festival is set for Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd. The experience, centered around the “American Dream” and the promise that it holds for the immigrant communities, will explore and honor these roots.
The festival will host genre-spanning artists including a headlining performance by indie-roots band Dispatch and additional performances by Alejandro Escovedo, Atash, Bob Schneider & His Band, Carolyn Wonderland, Del Castillo, Ian Moore, Jesse Dayton, Kalu & The Electric Joint, Mélat, Oliver Rajamani, Shinyribs, Úlla. Additional headlining acts will be announced in the coming weeks.
Dreamland is playful and purposeful, colorful and connective, indulgent and introspective. It’s a safe haven where we meet to explore different perspectives and find common ground. Everyone belongs at Dreamland.
Admission is free, but tickets are limited. To earn a free ticket, hopeful attendees can join the Dream Team on dream.org to be entered into a ticketing lottery.
Participation is encouraged throughout the festival and on the official Dreamland App (available on April 10th on Apple iOS and Google Android). Attendees will earn points via their digital passport by engaging with interactive experiences—ultimately unlocking exclusive rewards.
Dreamland is a non-profit initiative made possible by generous organizations, artists and sponsors that support the vision for an America united through shared experience. The festival was conceptualized by Steve Kuhn, Founder of IDEAL (Immigration Designed to Enhance American Lives), crafted as not only two unforgettable nights of live music but to act as a balm for the divisive rhetoric that often surrounds discussions about immigration in America.
“[The issue of] immigration is filled with anger and closed minds," said Kuhn on the inspiration behind the festival. "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."
STEVE KUHN BIO:
Steve Kuhn is an investor, philanthropist and business owner. He is the founder of IDEAL (Immigration Designed to Enhance American Lives) —a transformative initiative meant to search for common sense bipartisan solutions to the challenges and opportunities of immigration. He is also the face of Dreamland, an innovative new festival to take place in Austin, Texas that brings together top tier music, delicious food and interactive art for a multi-day spectacle.
The goal of Dreamland according to Kuhn: “The issue of immigration is filled with anger and closed minds," Steve said. " To solve a problem, it is a very American tradition to gather our neighbors, share food, drinks and laughs and work things out. Dreamland is meant to open minds and hearts and let people enjoy each other so as to make the discussion around immigration a more joyful and productive one."