Stepping Out

Feeling the blues in Long Beach

Annual festival is back with a lively lineup

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Barrier Beach Blues and Arts Festival

The blues are in full swing once again, at the 10th edition of the Barrier Beach Blues and Arts Festival. Producer Johanna Mathieson, supported by Artists in Partnership, has gathered an acclaimed lineup of musicians and vocalists who are performing at the Long Beach Public Library and Kennedy Plaza, along with other venues. As always, the festival offers an eclectic mix of classic blues, Americana and roots music. On Friday evening hear the New Moon Acoustic Blues Trio, followed by Kerry Kearney, the acclaimed slide guitarist, and his band; on Saturday harmonica master Mitch Weiss shares his vibe, with Blue Ruin and Ken Kresge; evening performances feature Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, and Alexis P. Suter Band, ending with a blues jam at Lola’s Kitchen.

Thursday through Saturday, June 28-30. All events are free, but seating is limited in the library. The schedule is subject to change. For more information, visit www.aip-arts.org.

On Stage

Raunchy Little Musical

The life and times of the groundbreaking Queen of the Borscht Belt, Belle Barth, come into focus in the edgy one-woman comic revue “Raunchy Little Musical: Belle Barth is Back.” Breaking the glass ceiling for Amy Schumer, Joan Rivers and the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Barth was the original irreverent female comic, deflating anyone who dared take sex too seriously. “Raunchy Little Musical,” starring singer-actress Sara DelBeato, chronicles the launch of the 1950s queen of crassness. Anchored by an original Grammy-winning score, the 90-minute show features plenty of Barth’s jokes and songs, which topped the charts of “adults-only” records. Inspired by her comedian father, Barth, a classically trained pianist, defied the odds and her mother’s wishes. She rose to the top of a performance genre at a time a when it was thought that “women ain’t comics.”

Friday, June 29, 7:30 p.m.; runs through July 22. $39-$54. Landmark on Main Street, Jeanne Rimsky Theater, 232 Main St., Port Washington. (212) 868-4444 or www.landmarkonmainstreet.org.