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June 23, 2016

Lincoln Center Out of Doors Sets Artists Lineup for Roots of American Music-Americanafest NYC, August 6-7; Other Artists Updates Announced

Lincoln Center Out Of Doors

Press Contact: Marian Skokan


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AUGUST 6 & 7: ARTIST LINEUP SET FOR ROOTS OF AMERICAN MUSIC – AMERICANAFEST NYC  Highlights include Performance by Dwight Yoakam; The Last Waltz 40th Anniversary Celebration with The Midnight Ramble Band, Musical Direction by Larry Campbell, with

Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, Anderson East,

Howard Johnson, and Other Special Guest Artists


August 4: NPR Music: Live in Concert Features Lucinda Williams, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, and iLe in performance and conversation with NPR’s Bob Boilen, Ann Powers,

Felix Contreras, and Jasmine Garsd


July 27: Alice Smith Joins AFROPUNK’s Girrrl Riot @ Lincoln Center Lineup on July 27


NEW YORK (June 23, 2016) – Artists have been added to the schedule for Lincoln Center Out of Doors, one of the country’s longest-running, free, summer outdoor festivals which opens its 46th season on July 20.  The popular festival will fill the plazas of Lincoln Center with a diverse range of music, dance, spoken word, and family events, featuring dozens of U.S., international, and local artists through August 7.


The artist lineup for the closing weekend of the festival, August 6 and 7—the long-running “Roots of American Music” focus—is now set.  For the third year, it is highlighted by a collaboration with the Americana Music Association to present the third annual Americanafest NYC.  There will be performances by both rising and established artists, including Dwight Yoakam, Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones, Mary Gauthier, Those Pretty Wrongs, Parker Millsap, the Cactus Blossoms, and a special celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Last Waltz featuring The Midnight Ramble Band under the musical direction of Larry Campbell, and special guests Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, Anderson East, and more.


Also confirmed are the artists featured in NPR Music: Live in Concert on August 4: powerhouse Americana singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams (who will also be a special guest for The Last Waltz 40th Anniversary Celebration on August 6); alt-rock, experimenters Thao & The Get Down Stay Down fronted by singer-songwriter Thao Nguyen; and iLe (Ileana Cabra Joglar), the sole female singer for wildly popular Puerto Rican group Calle 13, who recently launched her solo career with a more old school feel.  And singer-songwriter-producer Alice Smith brings her vocal pyrotechnics and electric stage-presence to the Damrosch stage to open AFROPUNK’s Girrrl Riot @ Lincoln Center on July 27.


Details follow in this press release.


All events are FREE; no tickets required. 


Visit for complete schedule.





1:00 pm – Hearst Plaza

Those Pretty Wrongs

Mary Gauthier

Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones

Melody and narrative are the ties that bind this afternoon program. The triple-bill opens with duo of power pop songstress Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones. With their bright, side-by-side harmonies, Thompson (son of British folk-rock icons Richard and Linda Thompson) and Jones strike a vintage boy-girl Everlys vibe with original songs that run the gamut from heartbreaking country ballads to lively rockabilly tunes. “World Café” (WXPN radio) praised the duo for “near-perfect evocations of late-’50s and early-’60s pop—witty, smart writing sung exquisitely.”  And reviewing their recent album Little Windows, Popmatters said the songs “express something that the listener has felt before even if they haven’t been able to put those experiences into their own words.”


Up next is one of Americana’s most celebrated singer-songwriters, Mary Gauthier. Equipped with “unflinching introspection and Southern Gothic-shaded storytelling” (NPR Music), this Baton Rouge native excavates poignant songs from a bittersweet life, with turns as a renowned chef and battles with addiction.  Her folk- and country-rooted sound has drawn comparisons to Kris Kristofferson and John Prine.


Finally, with a name taken from a Shakespeare sonnet, Those Pretty Wrongs—Jody Stephens (Big Star) and Luther Russell (The Freewheelers)—wrap up the afternoon with a set of their sun-dappled songs, in which poetry and harmonies soar over acoustic soundscapes. Stephens co-wrote and sings all the lead vocals—a first for the Big Star drummer—on the duos’ recent eponymous debut album recorded at Memphis’ legendary Ardent Studio.


7:00 pm – Damrosch Park Bandshell

Americanafest NYC

The Last Waltz 40th Anniversary Celebration

The Midnight Ramble Band

Under the musical direction of Larry Campbell

With Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, Anderson East, Howard Johnson and other special guests

Parker Millsap

Following the success of last summer’s concert marking the 50th anniversary of the release of Bob Dylan’s groundbreaking album Highway 61 Revisited, Lincoln Center Out of Doors marks another iconic moment in the history of rock and roll with a concert celebrating some of the performances from The Last Waltz. The acclaimed Martin Scorsese film documented the farewell performance by The Band at the Winterland Ballroom in 1976 when they were joined by all-star guests—a “Who’s Who” of rock, soul, R&B and blues musicians.  For this once-in-a-lifetime event, late Band drummer Levon Helm’s own band, The Midnight Ramble Band, will lead the charge under the direction of its long-time musical director, multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell. They will be joined by special guests including triple Grammy Award-winning Americana singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, Anderson East, Howard Johnson who played tuba at the original Last Waltz concert, and other special guests.


Commenting on Parker Millsap’s 2014 self-titled debut album, NPR praised “his remarkable charisma” and continued, “This guy can yodel, he can sing a soul song for real, he can preach and he wiggles his leg like Elvis. A star in the making.” The Oklahoma-born singer-songwriter-guitarist, “a skinny white-kid,” who sings and plays a blend of howling Delta blues crossed with rock, writes character-driven songs. His newly-released second album, On the Very Last Day, features songs about an unemployed veteran robbing a convenience store, Hades, god of the underworld, and a gay man being rejected by his evangelical father. The Boston Globe called Millsap “a restless soul” and said his sophomore album is “suffused with spiritual depth and songwriting genius.”

Presented in association with the Americana Music Association





7:00 pm – Damrosch Park Bandshell

Americanafest NYC

Dwight Yoakam

The Cactus Blossoms

Dwight Yoakam is a 21-time nominated, multiple Grammy Award?winning singer, songwriter, and guitarist who has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, including 12 gold albums and 9 platinum or multi-platinum albums. Five albums topped Billboard’s Country Albums chart, and another 14 landed in the Top 10.  In 2015, Yoakam released his latest album, Second Hand Heart, on Warner/Reprise records. His deep knowledge of music history seeps into his own sonic playbook, with hints of Elvis, The Everly Brothers, The Beatles, and The Beach Boys, among other influences, coloring the album’s songs. Yoakam’s distinctive, supple vocals, accented with his Kentucky croon, sound as strong today as they did on his 1986 debut studio album Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.  In addition to his musical career, Yoakam is a formidable film and television actor, with a storied and successful acting career.


The Cactus Blossoms are guitar-playing, singing brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey from Minnesota, who write and perform original songs that just happen to sound like pre-1960s heartbreak country tunes.  “We weren’t born in the wrong era. We just got into some music from a different era and found a way to make it our own,” comments the duo. Rockabilly singer-songwriter JD McPherson discovered the brothers and invited them to open for him on tour. He also produced their next recording, You’re Dreaming, an 11-track album of mostly originals with a few arrangements of older country tunes.  It was released on Redhouse earlier this year. Drawing comparisons to The Everly Brothers for the brothers’ soaring harmonies, the album has received high marks from major music media.  Said Acoustic Guitar, “The Cactus Blossoms revitalize music from the dawn of rock and country for a new contemporary audience.”

Presented in association with Americana Music Association.


The Americana Music Association is a professional nonprofit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American Roots Music around the world. The Association produces events throughout the year including the annual Americana Music Festival and Conference, presented by Nissan, and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program. For more information, please visit


Thursday, August 4


7:00 pm – Damrosch Park Bandshell

NPR Music Live in Concert

Hosted by Bob Boilen of All Songs Considered, Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd of Alt.Latino, and

Ann Powers of The Record       

Lucinda Williams

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down


Four of NPR’s most popular music programs make their Out of Doors’ debut in this evening of conversation and performance when their hosts—All Songs Considered Bob Boilen, Alt. Latino co-hosts Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd, and Ann Powers of The Record—showcase some of their musical discoveries and favorite artists.  The live music experience will later be available for streaming on


Up first, Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd present iLe, a.k.a Ileana Cabra Joglar who went by PG-13 when she performed with the multiple-Grammy and Latin Grammy–winning Puerto Rican rap group, Calle 13. Four years after her powerhouse rendition of the classic bolero “La Pared” started building buzz for a solo effort, iLe’s debut album, ilevitable, is set to be released soon. 


Then, Bob Boilen invites alt-rock darling Thao Nguyen and her band The Get Down Stay Down to the stage. This San Francisco-based group, whose most recent album The Man Alive!  was produced by Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), gleefully layers garage rock, synth pop, noise, and funk. Cutting through it all are Thao’s piercing lyrics that often provide dark counterpoint to the music’s effervescent rhythms and breaks.


To end the evening, Ann Powers talks with singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams, who has spent her celebrated career brewing a potent mix of blues, rock, and country. She’ll close the show with a rousing set of slow-burning soliloquies and driving rock anthems, accented by Louisiana twang, a bluesy growl, and an irrepressible rebellious streak.


All Songs Considered is the cornerstone of NPR Music. During the weekly broadcast of the Emmy nominated and Webby Award-winning show, Boilen and Hilton discuss new music from emerging bands and musical icons. Alt.Latino spins a genre-bending mix where tradition meets innovation, from Latin rock to psychedelic cumbia and everything in between. Co-hosts Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd share their love of Latin alternative music by introducing audiences to the best classic and emerging sounds from Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and more. Ann Powers is NPR Music's critic and correspondent, and a regular contributor to NPR's The Record, a blog about how people find, make, buy, share and talk about music.


Wednesday, July 27


7:00 pm – Damrosch Park Bandshell

AFROPUNK’s Girrrl Riot @ Lincoln Center
Alice Smith


The VeeVees

Following the success of its debut at last summer’s Lincoln Center Out of Doors, AFROPUNK returns with AFROPUNK’s Girrrl Riot @ Lincoln Center, an all-female lineup of genre-busting artists who embody the spirit of the alternative, experimental music community and cultural movement.

SATE is the name that Canadian alt-rock-blues singer-songwriter Saidah Baba Talibah adopted when she embarked on a new project and a new musical and life journey a few years ago.  The daughter of Canadian blues and jazz great Salome Bey, SATE (rhymes with fate) released her debut album in 2011, which launched her career and led to extensive touring at home and abroad. Finding her authentic voice, including acknowledging three important women in her life—her mother who has suffered from Alzheimer’s since 2011, her daughter, and her sister—was the impetus for two years of work on her new concept album, RedBlack&Blue, due for release this summer.  Soul-shaking, empowering, and forceful messages delivered in a characteristic high-energy mix of hard rock, blues, and raunchy soul are what to expect when SATE struts onto the Damrosch Park Bandshell stage.


One of the 16 finalists chosen for AFROPUNK’s 2015 Battle of the Bands, The VeeVees believe in the “dark glory days” of rock and roll, and the raw, visceral, truthful music they create and perform is the proof.  The Deli Magazine wrote, “A charismatic throwback to the in-your-face attitude that rock was built on. The group puts out a vibrant and dynamic energy that will have you banging your head along with the overdriven guitars and driving drums.” Started in 2011, as the duo of guitarist-singer-songwriter Garrett Cillo, and drummer Andrea Belfiore, the Brooklyn-based rock band now features Detroit-born, rock and R&B powerhouse vocalist Sophia Urista as frontwoman.


Fiercely individualistic singer-songwriter-producer Alice Smith, is known as much for her high-octane, four-octave vocals as for her stunning stage presence. The Grammy-nominated singer counts Nina Simone, Dinah Washington, and Bjork as influences on her potent and artful mix of rock, R&B, soul, and pop. New York magazine described Smith’s 2013 release, She, as “a blend of 1930s chanteuse and modern-day hipster.”


All events are FREE; no tickets required. 


Events take place on LINCOLN CENTER’S PLAZAS between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, 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.


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Inaugurated in 1971, Lincoln Center Out of Doors began as a small festival of street theater in collaboration with Everyman Theater (cofounded 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 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 16 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants and Artist program,  David Rubenstein Atrium programming, Great Performers, Legends at Lincoln Center: The Performing Arts Hall of Fame, Lincoln Center at the Movies, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, 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 40 years 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 the 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The 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, the School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit


Support for Lincoln Center Out of Doors is provided by Susan and Jack Rudin, Disney, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council, the Friends of Lincoln Center, and Young Patrons of Lincoln Center.


Public support for Out of Doors 2016 is provided by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for 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.


American Airlines is the Official Airline of Lincoln Center


Nespresso is the Official Coffee of Lincoln Center


NewYork-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital of Lincoln Center


MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center


“Summer at Lincoln Center” is supported by Diet Pepsi


Artist Catering provided by Zabar’s and





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