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Lincoln Center Out Of Doors 2015 – Final Week

Lincoln Center Out Of Doors

DATE: July 29, 2015

Contact: Marian Skokan


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HIGHLIGHTS: Joe Bataan, Ray Lugo and the Boogaloo Destroyers

with Richie Ray and Pete Rodriguez (August 6); The Fairfield Four,  

The McCrary Sisters (August 7); Rocky Horror Picture Show (August 7)

Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited in its Entirety Performed by Watkins Family Hour

House Band, Shawn Colvin, Pokey LaFarge, Aimee Mann & Ted Leo (August 8);

Lyle Lovett and his Large Band (August 9)


Join Lincoln Center Out of Doors for its final week, August 5 - 9, for concerts ranging from Latin Boogaloo to the gospel stylings of The Fairfield Four, to a unique “silent” screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show, and closing weekend devoted to the “Roots of American Music” with artists co-presented with Americana Music Association.  


Other Week 3 highlights include: Full Band Electric Counterpoint + Dither and friends, featuring Lee Ranaldo, Yo La Tengo, and Mark Stewart, with Matmos (August 5); ABAKUÁ Afro-Latin Dance Company and DJ Turmix (August 6); denitia and sene (August 7); Kasey Chambers, Sam Outlaw, and The Quebe Sisters (August 8); Watkins Family Hour featuring Sean & Sara Watkins with special guest Fiona Apple, and Justin Townes Earle (August 8); and Iris DeMent (August 9).


Lincoln Center Out of Doors one of the country’s longest-running, free, summer outdoor festivals presents three weeks of FREE events across the plazas of Lincoln Center. 


A Week 3 schedule of events follows.


All events are FREE; no tickets required. 


For information visit


Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2015 lead support is provided by Bank of America.


Lincoln Center Out of Doors – Week 3


Wednesday, August 5

7:30 pm – Damrosch Park Bandshell

Full Band Electric Counterpoint + Dither and friends, featuring Lee Ranaldo, Yo La Tengo, and

Mark Stewart


Dither, the acclaimed New York electric guitar quartet, performs works by Eve Beglarian and Joshua Lopes, and is joined by Lee Ranaldo, guitarist, songwriter, and co-founder of alt-rock band Sonic Youth, in a performance of one of his pieces. The quartet also performs with celebrated indie band Yo La Tengo. Formed in 2007, Dither’s experimental repertoire spans composed music, improvisation, and electronic manipulation. The highlight of the evening at Out of Doors is Steve Reich's now classic, 1987, minimalist work Electric Counterpoint in a rarely-heard version for a live ensemble of 13 electric guitars and basses that will include Dither. Electric Counterpoint will be led by Mark Stewart, founding guitarist of Bang on a Can All-Stars and a member of Steve Reich and Musicians.


Thursday, August 6

7 pm – Damrosch Park Bandshell

We Like It Like That! A Boogaloo Celebration

Joe Bataan with special guests

Ray Lugo and the Boogaloo Destroyers with special guests Richie Ray and Pete Rodriguez

ABAKUÁ Afro-Latin Dance Company

DJ Turmix

Latin boogaloo is a product of the melting pot of New York City, a colorful expression of 1960s Afro-Latino soul, rocketing to popularity from the streets of El Barrio, New York’s East Harlem, and being reborn today and introduced across the city and points beyond. Taking its title from the boogaloo anthem made famous by bandleader and pianist Pete Rodriguez, the Damrosch Park concert pairs pioneering legends with today’s practitioners who are claiming and reinventing the sound for new audiences. Boogaloo innovator Joe Bataan and his band roll out irresistible hits from the early days. Ray Lugo’s good-time, hip-swinging originals pay homage to the style’s giants, including his special guest, Latin Music Hall of Famer Richie Ray, one of Latin music’s most influential pianists, and Pete Rodriguez, in one of his first concert appearances in 40 years.


Friday, August 7

7 PM - Damrosch Park Bandshell

Rock My Soul: featuring The Fairfield Four and The McCrary Sisters

Founding fathers of gospel The Fairfield Four reigned as one of the most popular a capella gospel groups in America in the 1930s and 40s. In the years following World War II, led by Sam McCrary, they recorded dozens of sides for Dot Records, Bullet, Nashboro, and other labels, that later influenced doo-wop acts such as The Clovers. Disbanding around 1950, the members reunited in 1980, and went on to renewed success. Though the original members have passed on or retired, the group continues to proclaim the a capella gospel with recordings and sold-out shows. 


The McCrary Sisters—Ann, Deborah, Regina, and Alfreda—daughters of Reverend Sam McCrary of Fairfield Four fame, grew up on gospel and over the years have sung in every studio and style that Nashville has to offer, with various sisters collaborating with the likes of Johnny Cash, Wynonna Judd, Buddy Miller, and Patty Griffin, appearing on Bobby Jones TV show, and touring with gospel-rock powerhouse Mike Farris. Regina toured and recorded for several years with Bob Dylan and performed with Elvis and Stevie Wonder. Uniting to form their quartet a few years ago, they perform a delicious blend of gospel, blues, funk, soul, and R&B.  Says Regina McCrary, “I see us as a bridge between old school and new school (gospel). You’ve got to understand where the music has been to know where to take it.”


10:45 pm – Damrosch Park Bandshell

“Silent” Movie: Rocky Horror Picture Show featuring RHPS NYC live shadowcast


The longest-running theatrical release in film history finally makes it to Lincoln Center, just in time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its premiere in August 1975.  The comedy-horror film directed by Jim Sharman, and starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick—a send-up and tribute to early and mid-20th-century science fiction and horror movies—was largely panned at its release. But it soon took on a life of its own when late-night audiences at New York City’s Waverly Theater began dressing as their favorite characters and talking back to the screen. In what may be a first for the international cult classic, its Lincoln Center screening will be silent—the audience will hear the sound via wireless headphones.  Costumes and audience-talk back are strongly encouraged!

Co-Presented with the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Sound + Vision Series. “Silent” Movie powered by Quiet Events



Annual Roots of American Music Americanafest NYC


7 pm - Damrosch Park Bandshell

Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited performed in its entirety Watkins Family Hour house band featuring Sean Watkins & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek and special guests Shawn Colvin, Pokey LaFarge, and

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo

When folk singer Bob Dylan went electric with the release of his 1965 album Highway 61 Revisited, the shock reverberated in every corner of popular music. Rolling Stone, in its 2012 survey of the 500 greatest albums of all time, ranked it number four and described its groundbreaking impact by quoting Bruce Springsteen, who called the beginning of “Like a Rolling Stone,” the opening song on Highway 61 Revisited, the “snare shot that sounded like somebody'd kicked open the door to your mind.”  To mark the 50th anniversary of the album’s release an outstanding line-up of musicians will join Sean Watkins and Sara Watkins of the Watkins Family Hour house band to perform every song from the groundbreaking album. Joining that line-up are singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin; genre-bending, younger generation musician Pokey LaFarge, who adds early jazz, ragtime, and Western swing to his celebratory Americana sound; and post-punk super duo Aimee Mann and Ted Leo (aka The Both).


Presented in association with the Americana Music Association


Sunday, August 9

Roots of American Music Americanafest NYC


7 pm - Damrosch Park Bandshell

An Evening with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band

A singer, composer, and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans more than 30 years and 14 albums.  The Texas-based musician fuses elements of Americana, swing, jazz, folk, gospel, and blues in unconventional ways, remaining one of popular music’s most fascinating artists. Among his many accolades are four Grammy Awards, the Americana Music Association’s inaugural Trailblazer Award, and receiving the designation of Texas State Musician. Acoustic Guitar recently put Lovett on its list of the “20 Essential Texas singer-guitarists who helped write America’s story,” calling him a “true original.”  When Lovett rolls into New York this August with his Large Band, the Damrosch Park audience will be treated to their twangy, jazzy, rockin’ version of that story.


Presented in association with the Americana Music Association


All events are FREE; no tickets required


Events take place on LINCOLN CENTER’S PLAZAS between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues, from West 62nd Street to West 65th Street (except where noted).  Take No.1 IRT to 66th Street-Lincoln Center Station OR the A, B, C, D, and No. 1 trains to 59th Street-Columbus Circle.


Visit for complete schedule.


Performance locations:



West 62nd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenue.



North of the Metropolitan Opera House, in front of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and Lincoln Center Theater, near West 65th Street.



Main plaza of Lincoln Center, fronting Columbus Avenue, between 63rd and 64th Streets.



Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets.



Inaugurated in 1971, Lincoln Center Out of Doors began as a small festival of street theater in collaboration with Everyman Theater (co-founded by actress Geraldine Fitzgerald). Over its 45-year history, Out of Doors has commissioned more than 100 works from composers and choreographers and presented hundreds of major dance companies, renowned world-music artists, and legendary jazz, folk, gospel, blues, and rock musicians. It has highlighted the rich cultural diversity of New York City with its annual “La Casita” project which offers poetry and spoken word, along with music and dance performances. Out of Doors has partnered with dozens of community and cultural organizations including the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, Center for Traditional Music and Dance, and the Chinese American Arts Council. The festival is produced by Jill Sternheimer.


Lincoln Center Out of Doors is a presentation of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) which serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, 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 15 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Artist Program, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Dialogue, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Midsummer Night Swing, Martin E. Segal Awards, Meet the Artist, Mostly Mozart Festival, and the White Light Festival, as well as the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations. In addition, LCPA led a $1.2 billion campus renovation, completed in October 2012. 


Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2015 lead support is provided by Bank of America.


Additional support for Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2015 is provided by PepsiCo Foundation, Disney, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, The New York State Presenters Network, Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council, the Friends of Lincoln Center, and Young Patrons of Lincoln Center.


Public support for Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2015 is provided by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner, and the New York State Council on the Arts.


Operation of Lincoln Center’s public plazas is supported in part with public funds provided by the City of New York.


Endowment support is provided by PepsiCo Foundation.


Additional endowment support provided by The Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Foundation.


Artist Catering Provided by Zabar’s and


MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center.


United Airlines is a Supporter of Lincoln Center.


WABC-TV is a Supporter of Lincoln Center.


“Summer at Lincoln Center” is supported by Diet Pepsi.


Time Out New York is a Media Sponsor of “Summer at Lincoln Center.”


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