2016 Folk 2 Funk Festival


                                 Artists in Partnership, Inc. (AIP) and the Long Beach Public Library welcome co-producer, Feral Foster of The Jalopy Theatre to the Barrier Beach and the 6th Annual  Folk-2-Funk Music Festival and Food Drive on March 18-20, 2016 at the Long Beach Public Library, 111 West Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY.

The festival, which boasts a collaboration with the famed Jalopy Theatre, ("Brooklyn's Bridge to the Barrier Beach") will feature an eclectic mix of talented performers who have appeared on local and national stages. The event is free, but AIP is requesting non perishable food items to benefit the Long Beach Soup Kitchen. 

The festival schedule is as follows:

FRIDAY - 3/18  

7:30 pm- JOANNA STERNBERG - Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist                                                       


SATURDAY - 3/19                                                                                                                          

3:00 pm- GATHERING TIME A "60's Folk Celebration" by members of this popular Trio                                   

7:30 pm- FERAL FOSTER - Singer/ songwriter and producer of the "Roots and Ruckus Show" at Brooklyn's Jalopy Theatre

8:30 pm - WYNDHAM BAIRD and Band- Folk, Blues singer-guitarist and harmonica player mixes it up.             

SUNDAY - 3/20                                                                                                                               

1:30 pm - JACK LICITRA and "RECYCLED MUSIC" - Children's interactive story-telling /sing-along program  with re-purposed instruments   PLUS  Award-winning singing sensation 8th grader KYLA GRAHAM

2:30 PM  KIDS KRAFT KORNER  (K-3) Make a musical shaker from recycled materials in the YS Room.

KYLA RAINE GRAHAM- Award =winning 8th grader performs immediately following Jack Licitra                                                                                                         

2:30 pm - RASHAD BROWN - Singer/songwriter/guitarist                                                                                    

3:15 pm-  THE KENNEDYS - Folk-Rock Husband and wife duo, Maura and Pete Kennedy are back!

 Lola's special event



6th Annual FOLK-2-FUNK

Music Festival & Food Drive

March 18-19-20 

  "Brooklyn 's Bridge to the Barrier Beach"


The Jalopy Theatre and School of Music in Red Hook, Brooklyn is a community arts center focused on traditional roots music from around the world. Jalopy showcases nightly concerts of folk, bluegrass, country, blues and traditional world music, has an internet radio station  and its own record label. Founded in 2006 by Husband and wife team, Geoff and Lynette Wiley, the Jalopy co-hosts the  three-day Brooklyn Folk Festival each year featuring more than 30 local bands, instrumental and vocal workshops, and jam sessions.

NYC based Folk Singer/songwriter and producer Feral Foster has been hosting his weekly "Roots n Ruckus" folk music variety show at the Jalopy for over 10 years. His powerful voice and amazing stage presence are matched by original, heartfelt songwriting.

Event founder and co-producer, Johanna Mathieson-Ellmer stated, "We're so excited about this collaboration between The Jalopy Theatre and Feral Foster and hope that the community comes out to support what promises to be a creative bridging of Cities through the sharing of incredibly talented artists and performers.



Joanna Sternberg


Joanna Sternberg is a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist living in New York City.  She primarily plays the double bass. Other instruments Joanna plays are electric bass, guitar, piano, banjo, and harmonica. Joanna sings and writes songs, and regularly performs her original music.  Styles of music that Joanna plays are: folk, country, blues, rock, ragtime, classical, gospel, funk, rhythm and blues, klezmer, and jazz (ranging from the style of the 1920's to the present day.)  Joanna's guitar playing (and other instruments) are used to accompany her original music which could be described as "Folk Music" with elements of Country, and Blues. http://www.joannasternbergmusic.com/



Eli Smith - banjo, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, Jews harp, pump organ, voice and member of The Down Hill Strugglers.







Start with the socially conscious spirit of Peter, Paul & Mary; add the harmonic complexity and rock energy of Crosby, Stills & Nash, throw in a bit of the Byrds and a jot of Joni Mitchell, and the result is Gathering Time, a head-turning harmony trio that WFUV's John Platt calls "among the top performers in the New York metropolitan area," and was voted one of "Long Island's Best" in a Long Island Press readers' poll.

With a seamless vocal blend, inspired guitar work and precise percussion, Stuart Markus, Hillary Foxsong and Gerry McKeveny evince deep roots in 1960s folk and folk-rock, with a dose of traditional folk in the mix. Their stage chemistry makes it clear that they take the music (if not themselves) very seriously, with an infectious energy that wins over even fans who never considered themselves folkies.

Their autumn 2013 CD release, When One Door Closes ... was #3 on the Folk-DJ Chart for January, 2014 with three songs in the top-20. The album is the trio's third overall and the first with Gerry McKeveny, who debuted with the group in March, 2013, bringing even greater heights of guitar wizardry to their signature harmony. 

WFUV's John Platt adds that they are "among the finest performers in the New York metropolitan area, whatever the size of the venue, from a house concert to an outdoor festival," with "harmonies that can charm the birds out of the trees, strong original songs, and a savvy repertoire of cover songs, ranging from traditional folk to classic rock. They appeal to audiences of all ages."

PLEASE NOTE: Stuart, Hillary and Gerry will be joined by Mara Levine for this performance of a 60's Folk Celebration.  www.gathering-time.com





FFeral Matt Fostereral Foster has been gigging in New York, across the country and in Europe for the past 10 years, capturing the imagination and attention of listeners with his impassioned singing and powerful songwriting. Foster draws from the deep wellspring of early blues, country, and jazz to tell contemporary, human stories, making for music that feels well­worn and strikingly fresh at the same time. He has become well­ known in the roots music scene for establishing, curating, and performing at Jalopy's weekly Wednesday "Roots n' Ruckus" review, which has become a premiere showcase for new and established talent. His new, eponymous record of all original material recruits a host of talented musicians, including Jay Sanford (Jessy Carolina & The Hot Mess), Ernie Vega, and Wyndham Baird. Following on his successful Kickstarter campaign in support of the record, Foster is now touring the east coast, with a more extensive tour planned for the fall.

Village Voice's "Best Folk Artist" of 2014!  http://feralfoster.com/



Wyndham Baird"Wyndham Baird can be seen panhandling in Washington Square Park from the same benches that time hasn't changed since the folkie ‘60s. Baird's husky renditions of otherwise unheard of folk jams carry the same water as his patently eclectic originals. Lifting urban love affairs to the stuff of Gospel, and twisting personal disappointments into universal folk anthems, Baird's six-string and harmonica playing will make it so you won't have to choose between the Leonard Cohen or Bob Dylan of your parent's age. This old soul's found room for both these giants throughout his 7 song self-titled debut." -Mike Levine, The Deli Magazine





Pete & Maura KennedyBACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, Pete and Maura Kennedy, both East Coast natives, met in Austin, Texas, joined forces with Nanci Griffith's Blue Moon Orchestra for a couple of years, and set out on a road that, for two decades, has led them not only west but all over the US and the UK many times. This year, they celebrate their twentieth anniversary both as a band and a married couple. Rather than indulge in a nostalgic look backward, they've taken Dylan's dictum "don't look back" to heart; writing and recording forty new songs.

2015 will see a Maura solo CD, a Pete solo CD, and the release of "West," an instant classic Kennedys duo set that seamlessly weaves their influences over the last two decades; Buddy Holly style roots, the tuneful cadences of the Everly Brothers, and the ringing 12-string jangle of the early Byrds, interspersed with darker moments that recall British folk rock a la Fairport Convention.

Ultimately, Pete and Maura knit these disparate threads into a coat of many colors that sounds like a "best of The Kennedys," but is in reality an all-new collection of songs. The road west is central to the American mythos; it's the search for musical roots and the fulfillment of a personal American dream that takes shape in songs. Two decades on, The Kennedys are hitting a songwriting high point, and from that point they follow the well-worn American path West.



Rashad BrownUpcoming  NYC-based singer/songwriter, guitarist. (Info to come)




Jack LicitraJACK LICITRA is a piano/hammond organ driven singer/songwriter. His CD "Everybody's Music" made the 2013 highlights list Sunday Morning Breakfast on WFUV. He has performed with some of the best musicians in the world such as Levon Helm, Jimmy Vivino and Bakithi Kumalo as well as opening shows for legends such as Richie Havens, Buckwheat Zydeco, Pinetop Perkins and even playing for then Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Jack Licitra began a different kind of music teaching practice in 2001. He believes music has an incredible healing power that the world needs now- more then ever. Since then Arts Pharmacy has combined private lessons, kids concerts, community service and more to share that healing power, and help create an inspired community.  Lessons take place at the Musical Cave in W. Sayville, NY, and group classes and concerts are always being announced. Join us on our journey to fill the world with beauty and hope!

His children's program, "Recycled Music" is a program perfect for schools, libraries and theaters.Familiar pop songs, repurposed instruments, traditional kids sing alongs and a drum circle are the back drop to tell the story of "Whales in the Bay" and their nemesis "Indra" the garbage monster. Kids learn the value of recycling, repurposing and never look at garbage the same way.