Lincoln Center Out of Doors: A summer of music and dance
The Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival returns, offering you the chance to soak up acclaimed musical talent and dance performances for free, under open skies.
Photograph: ©Stephanie Berger
Lovers of summer, music, dance and free things—that's all of you, then—rejoice! The Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival is upon us. The 44th season runs from July 20 to August 10, and this year's program is every bit as deliciously diverse as you'd expect from Lincoln Center.
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The festival kicks off with a memorial concert for Pete and Toshi Seeger (July 20) featuring Peter Yarrow, the Chapin Sisters and Dar Williams, plus José González teaming up with yMusic (July 31). We're also excited to see the first performance in 40 years of Larry Harlow's Hommy: A Latin Opera (July 23).
Jazz lovers will thrill to the world premiere of A Sacred Steel Love Supreme (Aug 8), the Campbell Brothers' celebration of the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme, while soul fans can get their fill with Roberta Flack and Davell Crawford (July 26) and Amel Larrieux (July 30).
Fans of open-air grooving can get down to M.A.K.U. Soundsystem at the all-day celebration globalFEST (July 27), and families can dance together at the Baby Loves Disco dance party on Family Day (July 26).
And there's a treat for roots enthusiasts with Americanafest NYC (Aug 6–10), featuring performances from Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Cassandra Wilson, the Lone Bellow and Charles Bradley. Phew!
All this, plus poetry, dance and movies? Tell ’em we sent you.
When is Lincoln Center Out of Doors?
The Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival runs from July 20 to August 10, 2014. Its dazzling music and dance events happen at the plazas of the Lincoln Center over three weeks this summer.
Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival 2014 shows
A packed bill of artists pays tribute to the late folk singer Pete Seeger and his wife, filmmaker Toshi Seeger. Performers include Judy Collins; Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary; Martha Redbone; David Amram; Dar Williams and Dan Zanes; Guy Davis; and Tom Chapin and the Chapin Sisters.
Keyboardist Larry Harlow played a big part in helping the world get acquainted with salsa; he's been a cornerstone of the Fania All-Stars since the group's inception. Tonight he conducts Hommy: A Latin Opera, a Spanish-language salsa opera (inspired by the Who’s Tommy) that he penned and debuted in 1973. Michael Stuart y Su Tremendo opens.
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Tanowitz showcases her passion for constructing intricate steps in PASSAGEN, a duet for Melissa Toogood and Maggie Cloud, with both musical and physical accompaniment by violinist Pauline Kim Harris; and an excerpt from the ensemble work The Spectactors, with live music by the FLUX Quartet.
Roberta Flack slipped into some heavy schmaltz during the ’80s, but how can you resist the singer who gave us "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" and "Killing Me Softly"? You can't. So go swoon. Dubbed “The Piano Prince of New Orleans,” R&B man Davell Crawford doffs his trilby to such greats as Professor Longhair.
Brooklyn blueswoman/folkie Toshi Reagon leads the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra in revisiting rock & roll's early days.
Bollywood keyboardist Charanjit Singh—whose 1982 record, Synthesizing: Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat, experienced a resurgence in interest after being reissued in 2010—headlines this international bill with DJ Ushka, Baiana Play Som and DJ Ripley.
Former Groove Theory vocalist Amel Larrieux is one of alterna-R&B’s bright lights, primarily because her delivery comes with jazz seasoning. She also has a sizable globalist streak. Tonight she joins singer-pianist Avery*Sunshine and the gospel-funk Jones Family Singers.
Swedish guitarist José González, accompanied by contemporary-classical ensemble yMusic, performs new chamber-orchestra versions of his work, arranged by yMusic's Rob Moose.
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As part of Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the company performs Fibers (a rarely seen abstract work from 1961, whose movement recalls Taylor's Graham influence) and the ever-charming Aureole. The program also includesthe tango-inspired Piazzolla Caldera, for the first time performed with live music by Pablo Ziegler's New Tango Ensemble.
Delve into the music and dance of Persian and Turkic cultures with performances by Ottoman Turkish singer Ahmet Erdogdular, Uzbekistani and Tajik ensemble Shashmaqam, rubab (lute) player Quraishi, and the New York Crimean Tatar Ensemble.
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Esteemed New Orleans jazz singer Cassandra Wilson celebrates the 20th anniversary of her first Blue Note release, Blue Light ’til Dawn. Soulful purveyors of the gritty, sweat-soaked gospel style known as sacred steel, the Campbell Brothers debut their "A Sacred Steel Love Supreme" project, which pays tribute to the Coltrane album (turning 50 this year) and features a light show by Joshua Light Show artist Brock Monroe.
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Roots-music royalty convenes when alt-country godmother Emmylou Harris hits the stage with her longtime compadre, singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell, to showcase material from their handsomely twangy joint CD, Old Yellow Moon, issued on Nonesuch. Houston songman Robert Ellis plays twangy, warm, wry songs that recall Jackson Browne.
Long one of roots music's most admired storytellers and adventurers, Rosanne Cash follows a highly acclaimed new album, The River & the Thread, on which she provides an expansive view of Southern rural life and its emotional threads alongside guests such as John Paul White of the Civil Wars. Brooklyn country-soul rockers the Lone Bellow and two of Nashville’s most respected scribes and song men—Jim Lauderdale and Buddy Miller—also perform.
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires + St. Paul & the Broken Bones + Bobby Patterson + Music Maker Blues Revue
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The Screaming Eagle of Soul has landed. Daptone-abetted song man Charles Bradley, a showstopping performer with a searing, James Brown–esque rasp, hits Damrosch Park. Expect nothing short of pure, uncut soul. St. Paul & the Broken Bones, singer Bobby Patterson and Music Maker Blues Revue round out the lineup.
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