Folk 2 Funk Festival 2013



 April 12, 13, 14, 2013


Folk2Funk Festival Poster




Friday, April 12, 2013 at 8:15



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.

The first thing people notice about Bobtown is the harmonies. Then the songwriting. And finally, the body count. With tales of ghosts, outlaws and working-class struggles woven into a potpourri of musical styles, Bobtown is applauded for their unconventional approach to folk and Americana music.


Photo: Jack Hirschorn Jalopy Theatre –

Jen McDearman – vocals/percussion
Alan Lee Backer – guitar/banjo
Katherine Etzel – vocals/accordion/percussion
Karen Dahlstrom – vocals/guitar
Fred Stesney – vocals/bass/percussion


Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 8:15



 Come and meet the family you never knew you had. Miles to Dayton's music happens at a personal level, their message of love blending elements of folk, rock, classical, and funk into an irresistible invitation. The M2D recipe is simple: four-part vocal harmony, clever songwriting, improvisational violin and cello, and an infectious rhythm section that stirs up the creative stew.

   At the heart of their unique marriage of styles lies a real-life marriage: vocalist Krista Preddice shares the microphone with husband Jonathan Preddice, who, in addition to being the principal songwriter for the group, also shines on guitar, cello, accordion, and trumpet. Bassist Dave March (Krista's brother) and violinist Leanne Strom (Jon's sister) add depth to the vocal harmonies, with Dave's low, soulful bass and Leanne's soaring classical virtuosMiles To Daytonity providing the sonic bookends for the M2D sound. Drummer Brian Kroll, the newest member of the group, propels the music forward with an exciting and funky edge.

   Having built a large grass roots following of fans young and old, Miles to Dayton has headlined performances at the Patchogue Theater and sold out the Boulton Center, with notable gigs at the Paramount Theatre, Great South Bay Music Festival and the NoFo Rock and Folk Festival. They've been the featured artist at the Acoustic Long Island Podcast and Summer Concert, and have performed in venues from NYC (Canal Room, Arlene's Grocery) to Montauk (The Stephen Talkhouse).

Equally at home in the acoustic or full band setup, m2d has shared the stage with the likes of The Subdudes, Leslie West, Jorma Kaukonen, Tom Paxton, Jen Chapin, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, and Richie Havens, to name a few.

Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 2:00


David Pleasant Trio presents Drumfolk!


David Pleasant 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.
Using drums, movement, voice, and assorted instruments, David Pleasant leads his group, master musicians Miles Griffith, voc., and Nick Russo, guitar, in an audience assisted jam.

Group available courtesy of Riddimathon!, Inc.
*Riddim is Gullah for rhythm

David Pleasant is a multi-faceted percussion virtuoso, rhythm effects vocalist, avant-garde performance artist, Storyteller and lecturer who specializes in African-American traditions.

Born in Savannah, GA and raised in McIntosh County, Pleasant grew up immersed in the rich Gullah/Geechee (Georgia and South Carolina Sea Island) culture, which thrives in that area. The Gullah culture, particularly juba, hand jive, pattin', `rhappin'' and shout has played a major role in the development of David Pleasant's RiddimAthon!®, a performance and teaching method developed from a synthesis of African, Caribbean and African American musical traditions. Using assorted drums, cymbals, tambourines and marimbas, as well as the body percussion rhythms of shout, juba, and jive, RiddimAthon!® aims to get everyone singing, dancing and clapping.



Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 3:30


Pamela Lewis, John Hurley & Friends

Singer Pamela Lewis possesses a deep passion for performing and a love of music that traces back to her earliest memories.
 What does The Folk 2 Funk Festival mean to her and guitarist husband John HPam Lewis and John Hurleyurley? Getting their musical friends together to celebrate their two favorite types of music! Pamela & John’s love for music brought them together 15 years ago when they met in a Rock band. Since then, their musical connection has grown into a way of life. What’s better than starting off soft & intimate with folk favorites of Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills & Nash and then steadily building to Face Blasting Funk at its best with chart toppers of Chaka Khan and Stevie Wonder?
Not much…. Come on down!
Special guests include power couple Sean & Donna Gillen, band leaders of CODE BLEU (Long Island BEST Wedding Band) and owners of SKYLINE ORCHESTRAS.COM


Friday, April 12, 2013 at 7:30


Danny Kean and Donny Celenza


Danny KeanBlind since birth, Danny’s parents were told by a doctor that blind children often play great piano. Danny Kean started playing piano at the tender age of two and was told by a piano tuner that he had perfect pitch. As he grew up, he spent hours practicing and listening to legends like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Miles Davis, Jimmy Hendrix, Ray Charles and the Crusaders. By the age of 15, he was playing solo at bars and jazz jams in New York City. He also started to take professional piano lessons and sit in on studio sessions, where he developed an interest for songwriting.

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 which included a performance at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival. In 2002, Danny started working with Sam “Bluzman” Taylor, a New York City blues legend, and later R&B soul icon Maxine Brown, who covered some of Danny’s songs. Danny also worked with Lenny Kravitz producer Henry Hirsch and played guitar for gospel great Tye Tribbett. Among all these accomplishments, Danny appeared on the Steve Harvey morning show during a contest and won the chance to compete in amateur night at the Apollo. He won three nights in a row.

Recently Danny has written and recorded with legendary rocker Gary U.S. Bonds on his latest album “Let them talk”. He also toured and recorded with New Orleans blues legend Bryan Lee.

In 2008, Danny created Danny Kean and Friends with veteran New York City drummer/drum instructor Phil Bloom and well known guitarist Don Celenza. They continue to play clubs and festivals in the New York area. Danny’s new album, Danny Kean, channels a lifetime of stories, questions, concepts, and his musical influences into one cohesive piece. “It shows my range of styles while continuing to stay true to the idiom of soul music,” Danny says.

Donny Celenza

Composer, arranger, producer, multi-instrumentalist and Blues Hall Of Fame, inducteDonny Celenzae Donny Celenza has been playing music professionally for over 40 years.
He plays regularly with several bands in the tri-state area including the South Street Band
, Danny Kean & Friends, Blvd East featuring keyboardist Chris Palmaro (Sting, SNL, Michael Franks, Joan Osborne, Michael Jackson), drummer Tony Beard (Paul McCartney, Peter Frampton, Hall & Oats, Jeff Beck Group, Crosby Stills & Nash) and bassist Chris Weigers (New York Jazz & Ska Ensemble, John Ambercrombie). Don also co-hosts the Wednesday Jam @ Mickey Malones in Floral Park. Review of "It's In Here Somewhere" from Long Island Entertainment News - September 2003 The alliance of his music is a phenomenal mix of jazz, R&B, blues, funk and a blend of pure genius. This CD is pure, unique, and implausibly
creative with distinct character. Donny towers well above his modesty. He, again is one of the most talented songwriters on Long Island. All of the songs were written and produced by D. Celenza. --T. Jewels


Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 7:30


42nd & Nelson…..


42nd & Nelson



aka Long Island NSAI songwriters, Pete Colombo and Steve Farella have been writing together and pitching their songs in Nashville since 1999.
In 2007 their song “That’s All I’m Asking For” was selected by the Coalition To Salute America’s Hero’s as their national theme song … in addition the song spent time in radio rotation in multiple markets throughout the Midwest.
They continue to write and bring their high energy performances to audiences on Long Island.  Currently they host the Nashville to New York songwriter series on the first Tuesday of each month at Big Daddy’s in Massapequa Park.





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