Press Release

July 20, 2016

Lincoln Center Out of Doors Opens July 20 with Three Weeks of Free Concerts - Gospel, Soul, R&B, Jazz, Afrobeats, and More

Lincoln Center Out Of Doors



Press Contact: Marian Skokan


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Highlights Include

July 21: The Hallelujah Train featuring Pastor Brady Blade Sr., Brian Blade, Daniel Lanois, and guests; Ladysmith Black Mambazo

July 22: Barbara Lynn

July 23: Darlene Love

July 27: AFROPUNK’s Girrrl Riot featuring Alice Smith, Sate, the VeeVees

July 29: Okayafrica: Afrobeat x Afrobeats featuring Nigerian Pop Star Davido

July 31:  Ky-Mani Marley and Finotee



Dance – Tap legend Maurice Hines; Global Beat of the Bronx: From Bambara to Breakbeats;

Illstyle & Peace Productions and a Demonstration and Performance by Dance Theatre of Harlem Company and School at “Family Day”; Music, spoken work, urban poetry and more at La Casita




7:30 pm – Damrosch Park Bandshell

The Hallelujah Train featuring Pastor Brady Blade Sr., Brian Blade, Daniel Lanois, and guests

Ladysmith Black Mambazo


Two song traditions born in struggle and oppression and raising powerful voices in hope are represented on the Damrosch Bandshell stage this evening.  The Hallelujah Train rolls into Damrosch Park led by Pastor Brady Blade Sr., an all-star band featuring his son Brian Blade, celebrated jazz drummer and longtime member of The Wayne Shorter Quartet, his friend and frequent collaborator guitarist-producer Daniel Lanois and members of the Zion Baptist Church. The Hallelujah Train began life as a Sunday morning gospel show on a local Shreveport T.V. station in the 1970s and ’80s, created by Rev. Blade Sr., pastor of the Zion Baptist Church. Resurrected several years ago as a labor of love by Brian Blade and his brother, the group performs its special brand of Southern gospel and Americana music in New York for the first time this July.

The Hallelujah Train is presented in association with the BAM R&B Festival at Metrotech


The foremost exponents of Isicathamiya, Zulu for a style of a capella singing that originated among South African mine workers in the early part of the 20th century, Ladysmith Black Mambazo was introduced to the world through Paul Simon’s Graceland album and tour in the mid-1980s.  The five-time Grammy Award?winning group has recorded with artists ranging from Stevie Wonder and Dolly Parton to Josh Groban and Emmylou Harris, appeared on Broadway, been featured on numerous film soundtracks, and are worldwide peace ambassadors. 


Friday, july 22

7:00 pm – Hearst Plaza

Barbara Lynn

A left-handed rhythm guitar-playing woman was a rare sight on the Gulf Coast circuit in the late 1950s, when Texas-born singer-songwriter Barbara Lynn started fronting her own bands as a teenager. Her recording career was launched at New Orleans’s legendary Cosimo’s studio and the 1962 ballad, “You’ll Lose a Good Thing” was her first, and best-known, hit. Lynn drew on early influences like Etta James, Ruth Brown, and Texas guitar sensation Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. Her “Oh Baby (We Got a Good Thing Goin’),” one of her many original songs, was recorded by the Rolling Stones in 1965.  With her re-emergence on the music scene, at a Ponderosa Stomp festival concert in 2008, Lynn is introducing new audiences to her soulful vocals and charismatic blend of blues and southern R&B.


Saturday, July 23


Supported by Disney


11:00 am – Josie Robertson Plaza

Lincoln Center Block Party with Illstyle & Peace Productions

The Philadelphia-based dance collective led by Brandon “Peace” Albright presents hip-hop with an uplifting message. They create work rooted in contemporary, West African, and old-school hip-hop styles, blended with a mix of dance and performance disciplines including tap, ballet, DJing, and beatboxing. They’ll host a participatory block party for all ages to kick off Family Day.


1:00 pm – Hearst Plaza

Illstyle & Peace Productions Dance Performance

The dancers return for a performance showcasing their dazzling artistry, which The New York Times said was like “watching the greatest ballet virtuosos.”

Illstyle & Peace Productions is made possible in part by The Harkness Foundation for Dance.


2:00 pm – Hearst Plaza

Dance Theatre of Harlem Company and School

Students from the Dance Theatre of Harlem Summer Intensive program, and professional dancers of the celebrated dance company will give an informal performance where they’ll explain and demonstrate the rudiments of classical ballet, share their personal experiences, and invite questions from the audience.

3:00 pm – Josie Robertson Plaza

She’s a Rebel: The Girl Group Project

While generations of fans know 1960s girl group songs by heart, many of these great singers aren’t known by name.  In 2011, before the release of the Academy Award?winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom shone a spotlight on the anonymous artistry of the ’60s girl groups and background singers, Lincoln Center Out of Doors presented She’s Got the Power, a day devoted to their stories, with a concert featuring some of those women. The idea inspired She’s a Rebel, inviting young women ages 12?18 to participate in a 15-week project, supervised by Lincoln Center Education, to learn and perform three-part harmony and participate in master classes with some of the women.  The project culminates in this concert with the young women singing with Margaret Ross Williams of The Cookies, Louise Murray of The Hearts and The Jaynetts, Lillian Walter Moss of The Exciters, Nanette Licari of Reparata and The Delrons, and Beverly Warren of The Raindrops.


7:30 pm – Damrosch Park Bandshell

An Evening with Darlene Love

“Darlene Love deserves to be heard, really heard, and her voice has no problem reaching into the heart of anyone willing to listen” is what NPR’s Ann Powers wrote about Introducing Darlene Love, the singer’s most recent album, released in fall 2015.  With new songs written for her by producer and longtime friend Steven Van Zandt, as well as by Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Linda Perry, Jimmy Webb, and more, the album puts Love in the spotlight where she belongs, with accolades and richly-deserved recognition as one of the great pop singers of our time.


Sunday, July 24


1:00 pm – Hearst Plaza


Global Beat of the Bronx: From Bambara to Breakbeats

Bambara Drum and Dance Ensemble

Bombazo Dance Company

Chief Joseph Chatoyer Dance Company

Full Circle Souljahs


For 18 summers, Heritage Sunday at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, curated by the Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD), has celebrated the diverse performance traditions found throughout New York City. This year, CTMD celebrates the Bronx and dance from West African, African-American, and Latino sources, each with distinct expressions but interconnected through the present day community’s shared culture and traditions.  Bambara Drum and Dance Ensemble celebrates the culture and traditions of West Africa and their varied expressions today; Bombazo Dance Company fuses Afro-Puerto Rican, Afro-Caribbean, and traditional folkloric elements drawn from the history of Americans and Latinos with classical, contemporary, and social dance styles; Chief Joseph Chatoyer Dance Company, a drumming, singing, and dance group, showcases the culture of the Garifuna, Caribbean descendants of West and Central Africans and Native Americans;  Full Circle Souljahs, rooted in street performance and started by hip-hop dancers Kwikstep and Rokafella, has grown to include beatboxers, MCs, and dancers of diverse backgrounds and styles. Its performances come with a message that hip-hop is a culture and an ever?evolving vehicle for social change.

Presented in collaboration with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance and the Center for Art, Tradition and Cultural Heritage.

Bambara Drum and Dance Ensemble, Bombazo Dance Company and Full Circle Souljahs are made possible in part by The Harkness Foundation for Dance.



7:00 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

AFROPUNK’s Girrrl Riot @ Lincoln Center
Alice Smith


The VeeVees


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.”


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.  She delivers soul-shaking, empowering, and forceful messages in a characteristic high-energy mix of hard rock, blues, and raunchy soul


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.



7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life

Michael Mwenso & The Shakes


In an adaptation of his Off-Broadway show, Maurice Hines taps and sings his way through his life story from the start of his show business career at age five as a tap act with his younger brother Gregory Hines to the trio act with their father, “Hines, Hines and Dad,” at the Apollo Theater to his own star turns in Broadway musicals Eubie! and Sophisticated Ladies. Hines tells stories about sharing the stage with entertainers like Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Lena Horne, and more. The all-female, Diva Jazz Orchestra are Hines’ dazzling musical collaborators.  And tipping his hat to the virtuoso tappers of a new generation, Hines welcomes—and engages in some friendly competition with—The Manzari Brothers, a tap duo he introduced and continues to mentor.

Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life is made possible in part by The Harkness Foundation for Dance.



7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Okayafrica: Afrobeat x Afrobeats




Okayafrica, the source for “all that's hot and jumping in the new African renaissance,” will showcase artists for the first time at Lincoln Center this summer.  The double bill illustrates the fluid exchange between the Afrobeat sound created by Nigerian musician and political activist Fela Kuti, and today’s popular electronic Afrobeats music joining hip-hop, funk, and other western influences to African roots.


American-born Nigerian recording artist and producer David Adedeji Adeleke, better known by his stage name Davido, is a rising young star in Nigeria and on the international Afrobeats music scene.  He released a debut LP in 2012 and has a second studio album in the pipeline, on which he does producing duties, featuring guest appearances from some of Nigeria’s most popular music artists. Davido is a recipient of the 2014 BET Music Award (Best International Act: Africa), a Kora Award, and two MTV Africa Music Awards, among many others.  He recently signed a two-year record deal with Sony.


“Few bands have been as indebted to a stylistic and philosophical predecessor as Antibalas are to Fela Kuti.  Fewer still have been as capable of doing their predecessor justice” (Pitchfork).  The Brooklyn-based music collective formed by baritone sax player Martin Perna in 1998 were largely responsible for introducing Afrobeat to audiences in New York and across the U.S. starting in the 2000s, and later reached an even broader audience through their involvement in the Tony Award?winning Broadway musical Fela! They’ve recorded and performed with a raft of music notables. In the tradition of Fela, the band’s purpose is to make “music that is militantly pacifist,” according to Perna (The New York Times), and to continue to play pure, “unadulterated” Afrobeat.



2:30 pm

Teatro Pregones, 571 Walton Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451

La Casita (See Sunday, July 31 for lineup.)



12:00 pm

Hearst Plaza

La Casita


La Casita is Lincoln Center Out of Doors’ annual celebration of community.  It showcases urban poetry, spoken word, and musical expressions that represent the diversity of traditional and contemporary cultures across New York City. This summer opens at Teatro Pregones in the Bronx, where Out of Doors has presented La Casita for many years. Returning to do MC duties is New York spoken word, hip-hop, and experimental performance artist Baba Israel.


Poetry: Tusiata Avia, Toni Blackman, Moe Clark, Natalie Diaz, Baba Israel, Noel Quiñones, Terisa Siagatonu, Elisabet Velasquez, Tanaya Winder, G Yamazawa, Gustavo Zapoteco

Music: Fernando A. Ferrer Cruz, Grupo Rebolu, Harana Kings, Jomion & The Uklos, and William Prince

MC: Baba Israel


Tusiata Avia, a Samoan-New Zealand poet, performer, and writer; Toni Blackman, the first hip-hop artist invited to work as Cultural Ambassador with the U.S. Department of State, whose book Wisdom of the Cypher is due out this summer; Moe Clark, a Canadian Métis singer and multidisciplinary artist who works in English and Cree;  Natalie Diaz, of Mojave descent and a member of the Gila River Indian Tribe, is a published poet and teacher working to revitalize the Mojave language; Baba Israel(Bio?) ; Noel Quiñones, a Bronx-born,  AfroBoricua writer, performer, and educator, who is co-founder of Piel Café Poetry, an AfroLatino spoken word collective; Terisa Siagatonu, a first generation, queer, Samoan, spoken word artist, educator and community organizer from California; Elisabet Velasquez, a Brooklyn-born poet and 2009 member of the Nuyorican National Slam team; Tanaya Winder, a writer, educator, singer, artist, and poet from the Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone, and Pyramid Lake Paiute Nations; G Yamazawa, a National Poetry Slam champion, advocate for youth empowerment, and teaching artist; and Gustavo Zapoteco, a storyteller from Topiltepec, Mexico, who draws from oral traditions of Mexico’s indigenous peoples.


Fernando A. Ferrer Cruz, singer-songwriter drawing on Puerto Rico’s Nueva Trova, jazz, and global folk music; Grupo Rebolu, an Afro-Colombian group who performs original compositions and interpretations of traditional rhythms, such as gaita, tambora, chalupa, and bullerengue; Harana Kings bring together some of the last great haranistas, Filipino musicians who specialized in serenading women in a once?popular courtship practice throughout the Philippines;  Jomion & The Uklos, a family band from Benin, West Africa, that combines traditional rhythms and songs from Vodoun with reggae, salsa, and jazz; and William Prince, a storyteller-singer-songwriter from Peguis First Nation in Manitoba, Canada.


Both the July 30 and July 31 La Casita performances will offer ASL interpretation for the deaf and hard of hearing provided by Lincoln Center Accessibility.


La Casita is curated by Melody Capote, Caribbean Cultural Center; Lillian Cho, consultant; C. Daniel Dawson, arts and media consultant; LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, writer, vocalist, sound artist and curator; Cady Gierke, Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian; Claudia Norman, Claudia Norman Management; and Rich Villar.

Gustavo Zapoteco is grateful for the support provided by the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation, the Consulate General of Mexico, and the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York.

Tusiata Avia is grateful for the support provided by Creative New Zealand.

American Sign Language interpretation provided.


7:00 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Songs of Freedom

Ky-Mani Marley



Music’s ability to heal and empower is celebrated in Songs of Freedom through the vibrant rhythms of Ky-Mani Marley and Finotee—presented in association with longtime community partner, the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute.  Ky-Mani Marley, son of Bob Marley, is a reggae and hip-hop artist with an international performing and recording career. His 2015 album, Maestro, on his newly-created label, Konfrontation Muzic, was released after an eight-year break from the studio during which he toured extensively in Europe and South America. Finotee takes its name from the Ethiopian Amharic word “fenote,” meaning “the way.” The New York group will open the evening with its tuneful blend of rock, reggae, funk, and soul. Both artists give voice to the struggle for human and civil rights in the age of Ferguson.


Presented in association with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute



All events are FREE; no tickets required.  Visit: for a complete schedule of concerts and events.

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.



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.


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NewYork-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital of Lincoln Center


MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center


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WNYC is a Media Partner of Lincoln Center Out of Doors


“Summer at Lincoln Center” is supported by Diet Pepsi


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