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Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival announces its 2018 schedule

Here are the details for the free outdoor music series Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2018
Lincoln Center Out of Doors
Photograph: Courtesy Kevin Yatarola
By Ro S |

This annual staple in NYC’s calender of outdoor summer concerts—known for its wide range of genres and talent—just announced its run of 2018 shows. The 48th edition of Lincoln Center Out of Doors opens on July 24 and continues through August 12, with a diverse range of music, spoken word, family events and dance.

Some of our favorite schedule highlights include: Grammy award-winning musician Raphael Saadiq, a reimaginatiom of the classic musical West Side Story by Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band and a spotlight on 21st-century women artists from NPR Music (“Turning the Tables”) featuring music and conversation from Carly Rae Jepsen, Jamila Woods and more.

Make sure to look out for a couple special live score screenings as well: the legendary Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA presents a new score to Shaw Brothers’ classic, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, and the Sun Ra Arkestra performs a score to 1970s film Space Is the Place as part of the 10th anniversary celebration for downtown venue Le Poisson Rouge. 

One event that’s not at Lincoln Center itself is the premiere of composer John Luther Adams’s In the Name of the Earth, which brings nearly 800 pro and amateur singers to the Harlem Meer in Central Park.

Like always, every show is completely free and open to the public. Find the full schedule below.

Out of Doors 2018 Schedule

RZA: Live from The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
Tuesday, July 24 at 7:30 pm
Damrosch Park Bandshell

Raphael Saadiq
Tamar-kali: PsychoChamber Ensemble
Wednesday, July 25 at 7:30 pm
Damrosch Park Bandshell

Selena for Sanctuary featuring Mon Laferte, Cuco, Nina Diaz, Omar Apollo, and August Eve
Thursday, July 26 at 7:30 pm
Damrosch Park Bandshell

Hal Willner’s Amarcord Nino Rota (New York City premiere)
Friday, July 27 at 7:30 pm
Damrosch Park Bandshell

Family Day
Saturday, July 28

Dance with Mark Morris Dance Group
Saturday, July 28 at 11:00 am
Hearst Plaza

Marching Cobras
Saturday, July 28 at 12:00 pm
Josie Robertson Plaza

Soul Science Lab
Saturday, July 28 at 1:00 pm
Hearst Plaza

Faramarz Aslani accompanied by Babak Amini
Saturday, July 28 at 7:00 pm
Damrosch Park Bandshell

Janis Claxton: POP-UP Duets (fragments of love)
Various times
Josie Robertson Plaza
Wednesday–Sunday, August 1–5

NPR Music’s Turning the Tables Live: 21st-Century Edition
Music and conversation with:
Carly Rae Jepsen
Jamila Woods
I’m With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan)
and others to be announced
Wednesday, August 1 at 7:30 pm
Damrosch Park Bandshell

OkayAfrica’s Mzansi Heat & Naija Beats
Yemi Alade
DJ Maphorisa
DJ Tunez
Thursday, August 2 at 7:30 pm
Damrosch Park Bandshell

Peter Wolf
Friday, August 3 at 7:30 pm
Damrosch Park Bandshell

Saturday & Sunday, August 4 & 5
La Casita
Saturday, August 4 at 12:00 pm at Hearst Plaza
Sunday, August 5 at 2:30 pm at Teatro Pregones (Bronx)
Poetry: Timothy DuWhite, el-Walad, Amanda Gorman, Randall Horton, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Fred Moten, José Olivarez, Purvi Shah, Danez Smith, and Frank Waln
Music: Bohio Music, Los Pleneros de la 21, Madison McFerrin, Soul Inscribed, and Ulali Project
MC: Jennifer Falu

Dance Theatre of Harlem ALA.NI
Saturday, August 4 at 7:30 p
Damrosch Park Bandshell

Sunday, August 5

Heritage Sunday
1:00 pm Hearst Plaza
Made in NYC: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance featuring Andy Statman, Cherish the Ladies, Grupo Rebolu, and Sidiki Conde and Tokounou

5:00 pm Josie Robertson Plaza
Heritage Sunday Dance Party
with DJ Rekha

Yoruba Remixed!
A Sonic Journey Through the Sounds & Vibes of the African Diaspora
featuring PALO!, Philbert Armenteros y Los Herederos, Yuba Ire, Something Positive Dance Company, DJ Carlos Mena, and DJ Bembona
Sunday, August 5 at 7:00 pm
Damrosch Park Bandshell

Sun Ra Arkestra live score to Space Is the Place
Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers
Samora Pinderhughes: The Transformations Suite
Wednesday, August 8 at 6:30 pm
Damrosch Park Bandshell

West Side Story Reimagined
Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band Poetry by La Bruja and Rich Villar
Friday, August 10 at 7:30 pm
Damrosch Park Bandshell

Saturday, August 11
3:00 pm Harlem Meer, Central Park
In the Name of the Earth (World premiere) North, South, East, and West choruses Simon Halsey, conductor
John Luther Adams: In the Name of the Earth (World premiere) RAIN LOCATION: The Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Saturday & Sunday, August 11 & 12
Americanafest NYC
3:00 pm at Damrosch Park
Mavis Staples, Joe Henry (August 11)
Margo Price, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real (August 12)

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