Folk 2 Funk Festival



Artists in Partnership Inc. and the Long Beach Public Library proudly present the 9th Annual FOLK 2 FUNK Festival and Food Drive.
All programs are FREE, but we are collecting non-perishable food and personal care items to be distributed to our local Soup Kitchen.

Friday, March 29th at 7:30pm join Pamela Lewis and Friends as they kick off the weekend. They'll start off soft and easy with some folk favorites by James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills & Nash and then switch gears into fabulous funk tunes! Funk Fav's by Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and James Brown.

Then on Saturday, March 30th at 12:00, Join Piedmont Blūz (VALERIE and BEN TURNER) in the Youth program room, for a hands-on Roots Percussion workshop where participants will explore basic rhythms and techniques for washboard, bones, and shakers. This fun workshop is accessible to all age and ability levels and, before you know it, they'll have you tapping, shaking, clicking, and clacking.


At 1:15 Ben and Valerie , who are international ambassadors of Country Blues music and the Piedmont style of fingerpicking will take the stage and give a concert performance in the auditorium. A Piedmont Blūz concert isn’t just music – it’s an experience as they transport you back to the 1920s and 1930s, the hey-day of acoustic Country Blues music.

The music continues at 2:15 with the CAROLINE DOCTOROW Duo. Caroline is a singer/songwriter and daughter of the late author E.L. Doctorow, who has been called a great champion of American folk music. She will appear next year in the Christopher Lucas film "Pete Seeger Legacy" along with Taj Mahal. Guy Davis, Dar Williams, John Cohen and others.

At 3:30 the music continues with the QUEEN ESTHER Trio- A Southerner, wordsmith and musical theater nerd, Queen Esther – award-winning jazz vocalist, songwriter, actor and librettist – came about her love of country music honestly. As it turns out, all this time – all her life, in fact -- Queen Esther had nurtured what she describes as her Black Americana sound. After an implosion of songwriting creativity, numerous recording sessions and much prayer and hand-wringing, she self-released her latest album “The Other Side” – described as “the most exciting Afro-Americana album of the year” by Paste magazine.

Day 3, Sunday, March 31st  brings the BEST of Folk, Country, Americana, and grass roots music.
At 1:15, Vocalists and songwriters Feral Foster and Ali Dineen have joined forces and will perform beloved country, Americana, gospel and soul songs as well as their acclaimed original material. Feral Foster has been called the “Best Folk Singer in NY” by the Village Voice! Ali will be presenting her original Crankie “I know Moonlight, I know Starlight” which  is based on a song from the Georgia Sea Islands.

At  2:30, JAN BELL and the MAYBELLES will present their three-part harmony, guitar, violin and upright bass. Original Americana, and rare gems by country music heroes such as Jean Ritchie, Loretta Lynn, and Hazel and Alice. Independent Music Awards nominee 'Dream of the Miner's Child' Best Concept Album. New album 2019 'Goodbye to the River' explores long distance love living in Brooklyn in the age of gentrification. “Jan Bell and The Maybelles are at the heart of the thriving grass roots folk music community in Brooklyn, playing regularly in Dumbo, and at the fabulous Jalopy Theatre and School of Music in Red Hook…..” NY Post

Closing act CC and the BOYS who are a high-energy Country dance party will perform at 3:30. Christine Cherry is an amazing vocalist backed by a fun, rowdy, Country-infused Blues Rock band. Get ready for a Country Hoedown and some guitar-pickin' double-bass-pluckin', harmonica-blowin', foot-stompin' fun!

Programs and times subject to change.







8th Annual FOLK-2-FUNK Music


Festival & Food Drive

Long Beach Public Library

111 West Park Avenue

Long Beach, New York

(516) 432-7201






Artists in Partnership, Inc., in collaboration with the Long Beach Public Library proudly present Bethany Yarrow (the daughter of folk legend Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary), cellist Rufus Cappadocia and dancer Belinda Becker for an afternoon of music, dance and inspiration.


2nd Annual Beyond the Dunes Cultural Arts Month


                  ends with a“Holler”


The final weekend of Artists in Partnership Inc.’s, “Beyond the Dunes” Cultural Arts Project for the month of March will begin with the 2nd Annual Women in the Arts Recognition and Awards party at the Allegria Hotel Ballroom, Friday, March 23rd at 7:00, and end with the Johnny Cash Show on Sunday, March 25th at the Long Beach Public Library as part of the 8th Annual Folk 2 Funk ROOTS Program and Food Drive Part II.
Recognized for Lifetime Achievement Awards will be Roberta Fiore and Alexandra Karafinas for their contributions to the Preservation and Legacies of Historical Long Beach. They will be joined by 14 other award recipients for an evening of vendors, fashion show, art tributes and music by Benoir and a cadre of young female performers.


The weekend lineup for the 8th Annual Folk 2 Funk ROOTS Program and Food Drive Part II at the Long Beach Public Library, 111 West Park Avenue in Long Beach, NY is as follows:
Saturday, March 24
1:00 - 2:45 p.m: Bill Shelley of Shelley Archives Inc. presents a Music Legends Live educational lecture with film clips on The Folk Movement of the 1960s and 1970s.
3:00 p.m: Bobtown: With their distinctive original songs and vocal arrangements, NYC-based Bobtown is recognized as taking an unconventional and refreshing approach to the tradition of folk and Americana.
Sunday, March 25
1:30 p.m: Kirsten Maxwell - Kirsten’s stunningly pure voice has drawn comparisons to the likes of Joan Baez, Judy Collins and Joni Mitchell and is evocative of the 1960s folk scene.
2:30 p.m: Robinson Treacher- At the crossroads of blues, folk, and Americana lies Robinson Treacher. Whether in the studio or in live performance, Robinson’s emotionally dramatic songwriting style is matched only by his deeply passionate vocals.
3:30 p.m: AIP & LBNY Arts Council Special “WOMEN IN THE ARTS” Award Presentations to Chumi Diamond, Edie Kalickstein and Julia-Lang Shapiro.
3:45 p.m: Thomas Michael Cavanagh and “ Walking the Line” is the most authentic sounding and visual performance of the music of Johnny Cash, playing the most loved hits and some rare gems of Johnny Cash while recreating the look, feel and flow of Johnny Cash concerts.


If you plan on attending any of the Library events, please remember to bring non-perishable food items that we will distribute to our local soup kitchen. Check out our website at for up-to-the-minute information on schedules and performers (all programs are subject to change). For additional information or questions, please e-mail us at


 ALL Library Events are FREE


Please bring Non-Perishable FOOD & PERSONAL CARE


Distribution Boxes in Library Lobby

This project is made possible, in part, with funds from the De-centralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Huntington Arts Council.

Please note that all programs are subject to change. For detailed information about performers in festival lineups, updated schedules (see Current Events). and further information about AIP, please visit us at  or call (516) 432-6342.