Folk-2-Funk Festivals is On!
The 3rd Annual
Folk-2-Funk Festival originally scheduled for February but delayed by the
ravages of Super-Storm Sandy will be taking place from April 12th
through April 14th at the
Long Beach Public Library, 111 West
Park Ave. Long Beach, N.Y. in the 2nd floor auditorium. Produced
by Artists in Partnership, Inc., and
the Long Beach Public Library, this event promises to be the best one yet as we
celebrate the reopening of the Library with performances on Friday 4/12 at 7:30
by keyboardist DANNY KEAN & guitarist DONNY CELENZA and the folk and Americana musical group, BOBTOWN at 8:30.
Saturday, 4/13 events begin at 7:30 with Long Island Country duo 42nd
and NELSON and at 8:30 continues with the four-part folk, rock, and
funk vocal harmonies of MILES TO DAYTON. Saturday night
events continue across the street at LOLA’s where the Michael Barnett Folk-2-Funk
Jam session at 9:30.
4/14 Is Folk-2-Funk’s “Family Fun Day” starting at 1:00 with arts and crafts
activities for youngsters aged 4-10 presented by artists from the Arts in the
Plaza initiative. City of Long Beach Youth and Family Services will be
distributing free books to all pre-K youngsters. At 2:00, we invite families to
join us in the auditorium for “Drumfolk” with the DAVID PLEASANT TRIO. Using drums,
movement, voice, and assorted instruments, David Pleasant leads his group, master
musicians Miles Griffith and Nick Russo in an audience assisted jam.
“We had such a great time with last year’s
final act that we just had to bring PAMELA LEWIS, JOHN HURLEY & FRIENDS
back”, stated Folk-2-Funk Producer, Johanna Mathieson. Joining them at 3:30 will be power couple Sean
& Donna Gillen, band leaders of CODE BLEU (Long Island BEST Wedding Band).
“Be prepared as they take you from your favorite folk classics and steadily
build up to “face blasting Funk”!
A 3-Day FREE Music & Art Event Presented
by Artists in Partnership, Inc., and
the Long Beach Public Library at
111 West Park Ave. Long Beach, N.Y. (516) 432-7201.
Additional information at www.aip-arts.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
7:30pm- Kicks off
with keyboardist DANNY KEAN & guitarist, DONNY CELENZA Danny was only 18 when he released his first album Blind
by Design and only 19 when he went on his first European tour with Stevie
Cochran performing at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival. He is joined by Donny
Celenza , composer, arranger, producer, multi-instrumentalist and Blues Hall Of
8:30- join us for BOBTOWN
and their unconventional approach to folk
and Americana music. Drawing on field hollers, gospel
music, folk songs, pop melodies and bluegrass harmonies, Bobtown reinvents American choral music for the 21st century to
create a unique and compelling blend of voices and instruments that move
gracefully between elegy and celebration.
7:30pm- 42nd and NELSON bring the sounds of
Nashville to the Long Beach Public Library stage. Long Island
songwriters, Pete Colombo and Steve Farella have been writing together and
pitching their songs in Nashville since 1999.
8:30- MILES TO DAYTON presents
their simple recipe for folk, rock, classical, and funk: four-part vocal harmony, clever songwriting,
improvisational violin and cello, and an infectious rhythm section- stir up for
a creative stew.
1:00- Krafts-4-Kidz- bring your pre-k to 10 year old for sand-painting,
card making fun. City of Long Beach Youth and Family Services will be sponsoring
event and distributing new books to participants.
2:00-David Pleasant Trio an interactive
concert featuring the pre-spiritual, pre- blues, pre- jazz of Gullah Geechee
inspired culture (the sound and movement of early coastal GA and S.C.) It is an
afternoon of hands-on " Riddim"* where the audience joins in.
Lewis, John Hurley and Friends move from folk favorites Joni Mitchell and Crosby
Stills & Nash, up to the Funky chart toppers of Chaka Khan and Stevie
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