Long Beach in for bluesy and arty weekend

July 6, 2012 by  

This weekend marks the fourth celebration of the annual Barrier Beach Blues and Arts Festival. The event got underway yesterday, July 5, and runs until Sunday, July 8, in Long Beach, New York.

The main event will take place tomorrow in the JFK Plaza outside of Long Beach City Hall. Blue artists, including Breakaway and Kerry Kearney, will be performing live during the Saturday show. The festival is also coordinating with the Arts in the Plaza and Farmers’ Market projects that occur in the area regularly. As such, there will be booths featuring fine art, crafts, and photography, with local farm vendors present as well.

In the event of rain, the festival will move indoors to the Long Beach Public Library located at 111 West Park Avenue. There will be bands playing in the library, regardless of weather, tonight and Saturday night as well. Bands will also be appearing at two supporting venues, namely The Hub Billiard Club and Lola’s Winebar. The Hub Billiard Club will be hosting an opening party for the festival on Thursday evening and a closing party on Sunday night.

Printing companies will probably have been hard at work creating posters, flyers, and other promotional items to make residents aware of the show and draw in crowds from nearby areas like East Rockaway and Island Park. Banners may also have been needed for the vendors who will be operating at the festival, as well as to mark the different stages where the bands will be playing throughout the weekend.