Press Release

July 23, 2018

NPR Music and Lincoln Center Unveil Powerhouse Roster for 2018 Out of Doors Night of Music and Conversation

Lincoln Center Out Of Doors

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Desiree Naranjo, Lincoln Center

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NPR Music and Lincoln Center Unveil Powerhouse Roster

for 2018 Out of Doors Night of Music and Conversation


Genre-blending lineup will feature the newly added Phoebe Bridgers and Mitski,

alongside Carly Rae Jepsen, Jamila Woods, and the band I’m With Her


July 23, 2018; Washington, DC - What do the voices of the moment sound like? NPR Music and Lincoln Center are proud to unveil the complete, all-female artist lineup for the free night of music and conversation on August 1, part of Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors festival in New York City. Carly Rae Jepsen, Jamila Woods, Mitski, and Phoebe Bridgers come together for a song circle, performing stripped down versions of their original music and discussing modern popular-music culture with moderator Ann Powers. I’m With Her performs the opening set.


Last summer, NPR Music and Lincoln Center radically changed the conversation about the history of popular music with the publication of the 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women list and a live show at Lincoln Center Out of Doors celebrating those albums. This marked the beginning of the Gracie Award–winning Turning the Tables project, a challenge to think bigger about music's past, present, and future by highlighting voices often relegated to its margins. This year, NPR's Turning the Tables Live: 21st-Century Edition shifts its focus to a new generation of artists claiming center stage.


“In the 21st century, women are the leading innovators across all genres of music,” said NPR Music Critic and Correspondent Ann Powers. “This season celebrates history in the making—songs and artists capturing this complex cultural moment and renewing the popular music canon in unexpected ways. At Lincoln Center, we're bringing together disparate artists for music and conversation about this moment—a tipping point for music and the culture at large. It's going to be a revolutionary night.”


"This special collaboration with NPR Music shines a light on the influential female artists moving music and culture forward now, in new and creative ways,” said Jill Sternheimer, Director of Public Programming at Lincoln Center. "Celebrating these groundbreaking artists in their prime grows and enriches our community, with much needed conversations examining the popular music canon."


About the events


NPR Music’s Turning the Tables Live: 21st-Century Edition - Free Panel Conversation

Tuesday, July 31 at 7:00 pm EST

Bruno Walter Auditorium, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center


Note: Seating is first come, first served.


Members of the voting panel for this year's edition of Turning the Tables, who produced a playlist of the 200 Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women, share their picks and create a living playlist during this evening of storytelling and discussion. Moderated by Talia Schlanger, host of World Cafe.


NPR Music’s Turning the Tables Live: 21st-Century Edition Free Performance

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 7:30 pm EST

Damrosch Park Bandshell at Lincoln Center


Note: Seating is first come, first served, and gates open one hour prior to performance.


About the artists


More on Carly Rae Jepsen from NPR's All Things Considered: Hear Carly Rae Jepsen's Triumphant New Song, 'Cut To The Feeling'


While the pop sensation may be best known for her 2012 summer anthem “Call Me Maybe,” the singer has since put out one of the most critically adored pop albums of the last five years, 2015’s E•MO•TION. NPR Music’s Lars Gotrich wrote that, according to her fans, she is the “queen of everything,” and capable of creating a “thunderous pop song.” Jepsen’s songs feature glitzy synth production reminiscent of ’80s pop icons such as Madonna and Prince that serves as a perfect backdrop for her beautiful vocal melodies and pristine voice.


More on Mitski from NPR's All Things Considered: Hear A Conversation With Mitski About Her New Song, 'Geyser'

Since the release of her fourth album, Puberty 2, Japanese-American singer-songwriter Mitski Miyawaki has taken the indie-rock world by storm. Mitski is raw emotion personified on tracks like “Your Best American Girl” and “Geyser,” off her new album, Be the Cowboy. The singer told NPR Music’s Bob Boilen that “this song is all feeling,” one in which she desperately and emphatically conveys her desire to write songs, whatever it takes.


Watch her Tiny Desk performance.


More on Jamila Woods from NPR’s Slingshot: Jamila Woods And The Poetry Of Black Love


Chicago-based soul singer, songwriter, and poet Jamila Woods makes timely, sonorous protest music that is as beautiful to listen to as it is lyrically captivating. Able to frame seemingly personal topics in a larger societal context, Woods’s 2016 album, HEAVN, was revered as one of that year’s essential listens. NPR Music’s Suraya Mohamed wrote that the singer “never lost track of her own multitudes” on an album that is as culturally conscious and outward-focused as it is about self-love.


Watch her Tiny Desk performance.


More on Phoebe Bridgers from NPR’s All Songs Considered: 2017's Best New Artist Might Just Be Phoebe Bridgers


Twenty-three-year-old breakout singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers had everyone talking in 2017 leading up to and after the release of her debut LP, Stranger in the Alps. Hailing from Los Angeles, she has a commanding, elegant voice that captures the emotional nuance of her poignant lyrics. NPR Music’s Stephen Thompson wrote that her songs are “consistently strikingly beautiful,” and that her diction “cries out for late-night drives and walks under headphones.”


Watch her Tiny Desk performance.


I’m With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan) from NPR’s First Listen: Review: I'm With Her, 'See You Around'

Folk-roots supergroup I’m With Her, composed of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan, released its debut album of original material earlier this year after forming nearly four years ago. See You Around stands as an example of how to seamlessly and exquisitely blend genres in a coherent, concise supergroup album. NPR Music’s Jewly Hight wrote that “Coursing through the dozen songs is a spirit of searching restlessness, an impulse to keep moving rather than getting stuck on romantic disappointments, expectations, or propriety.”


Watch their Tiny Desk performance.



About NPR Music

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About Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA)?serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community engagement, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers a variety of festivals and programs, including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants and Artist program, David Rubenstein Atrium programming, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, LC Kids, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, the Emmy Award–winning?Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS, and Lincoln Center Education, which is celebrating more than four decades enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and its 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.


Lincoln Center has become a leading force in using new media and technology to reach and inspire a wider and global audience. Reaching audiences where they are—physically and digitally—has become a cornerstone of making the performing arts more accessible to New Yorkers and beyond. For more information, visit


Lincoln Center is committed to providing and improving accessibility for people with disabilities. For information, contact Accessibility at Lincoln Center at [email protected] or 212.875.5375.



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