The south shore welcomes spring with some vibrant tunes as the 4th Annual Folk-2-Funk Festival returns to the City by the Sea. The weekend offers up an eclectic mix of folk, Americana, funk, and blues, performed by bands representing the best of the region’s music scene. Spuyten Duyvil, Bill Sims Jr. and Chaney Sims, Karlus Trapp and Magumbo, Peter and Kim Kuperschmid, along with Pamela Lewis and Friends, are among the performers scheduled to appear. The festival’s highlights include a special tribute to the music and legacy of Pete Seeger by Gathering Time and friends, Josh Joffen, Marty Stone, and Eric Eaton, along with a biographical and musical tribute to Phil Ochs by his sister, Sonny Ochs, and musician John Flynn.
Friday through Sunday, April 4-6. Admission is free to all events, however seating is limited. Long Beach Public Library, 111 West Park Ave., Long Beach. (516) 432-7201 or www.aip-arts.org.
Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration
Those beloved songs that made musical theater history are reinterpreted in a tribute to the legendary songwriting team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. This delightful afternoon of song relives some of the best of the Great White Way. The South Shore Symphony Orchestra accompanies a cast of vocalists who will honor those undisputed kings of Broadway. They’ll perform classic songs from “Carousel,” “State Fair,” “The King and I,” “Oklahoma,” “South Pacific,” and “The Sound of Music.” Special guest Oscar “Andy” Hammerstein III, the grandson of the acclaimed lyricist and author of “The Hammersteins: A Musical Theatre Family,” joins the cast to narrate and share remembrances from the storied Hammerstein legacy.
Sunday, April 6, 3 p.m. $35-$45. Molloy College, Madison Theatre, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. (516) 323-4444 or www.madisontheatreny.org.