Press Release

July 28, 2016

Week Three of Lincoln Center Out of Doors Features Americanafest NYC as Part of Roots of American Music Closing Weekend August 6 and 7

Lincoln Center Out Of Doors

Press Contact: Marian Skokan


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Wednesday, August 3Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca With Premiere of a New Work

Commissioned by Lincoln Center

Thursday, August 4: NPR Music Live in Concert – Popular NPR Hosts Interview: 

Lucinda Williams, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, iLe

Friday, August 5: Zé Renato with Special Guests Vinícius Cantuária and Ricardo Silveira;

M. Ward and Margaret Glaspy on Double-bill in Damrosch Park

Saturday, August 6: Roots of American Music / Americanafest NYC Weekend Opens With Triple Bill – Those Pretty Wrongs, Mary Gauthier, Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones in the Afternoon; The Last Waltz 40th Anniversary Celebration Evening Concert in Damrosch Park Features the Midnight Ramble Band and Special Guests Lucinda Williams, Dr. John, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, Anderson East, Howard Johnson, and More, Under the Musical Direction by Larry Campbell

Sunday, August 7: Final Season Concert by County Music Great Dwight Yoakam


(July 27, 2016) — Lincoln Center Out of Doors, one of the country’s longest-running outdoor summer festivals, concludes its 46th season of free performances with artists ranging from acclaimed dance troupe Noche Flamenca led by Soledad Barrio to country music star Dwight Yoakam, and in between rising bands and singer songwriters introduced by popular NPR hosts Bob Boilen, Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd, and reporter and critic Ann Powers; an intimate evening with Brazil’s Zé Renato (cofounder of Boca Livre) and guests; country, rock, and Americana singer-songwriters including M. Ward, Margaret Glaspy, Mary Gauthier, Those Pretty Wrongs, Kelly Jones & Teddy Thompson, and Parker Millsap; and an evening celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the The Last Waltz with a roster of stellar musicians anchored by the late Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble Band honoring the music Martin Scorsese documented in his film of the farewell concert by The Band which included appearances by a Who’s Who of rock, soul, R&B and blues musicians.


A schedule and programming details follow in the chronological listing below.


All events are FREE; no tickets required.  Visit: for program updates.


Week Three Calendar of Events


Wednesday, August 3


7:00 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca

Manhattan Camerata: Tango Fado Project featuring Nathalie Pires


“Passion, majesty, absorption,” is how Joan Acocella of The New Yorker described the dancing of flamenco virtuoso Soledad Barrio. Hailed by critics everywhere for its transcendent and deeply emotional performances, Noche Flamenca returns flamenco to its roots with authentic performance standards underpinning the complex interrelationship of dance, song, and music that is the essence of flamenco. Formed in 1993 by Barrio (recipient of a 2015 Dance Magazine Exceptional Artist award) and her husband, artistic director and producer Martín Santangelo, the award-winning company tours throughout the world.  For this summer’s Out of Doors’ engagement the company’s program will include a new work, La Ronde, commissioned by Lincoln Center.

Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca’s piece La Ronde is commissioned by Lincoln Center for Lincoln Center Out of Doors.

Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca is made possible in part by The Harkness Foundation for Dance.


Opening the evening is the Manhattan Camerata with its Tango Fado Project, featuring Portuguese- American fado singer Nathalie Pires. The Manhattan Camerata is a chamber orchestra that brings together world and classical music from around the globe.  With its Tango Fado Project, the orchestra explores the connections between Argentine tango and Portuguese fado, and the sound of the two instruments that form the heart of both styles: bandoneón and Portuguese guitar. The program will include traditional tangos and fados by Carlos Gardel, Astor Piazzolla, Amália Rodrigues, and new works and arrangements by members of Manhattan Camerata.


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 hosts—Bob Boilen of All Songs Considered, co-hosts Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd of Alt. Latino, and Ann Powers of The Record—showcase some of their musical discoveries and favorite aritsts at Out of Doors in this evening of conversation and performance. 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, which was recently released. 


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 stripped down 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.


Friday, August 5


7:00 pm

Hearst Plaza

Zé Renato with special guests Vinícius Cantuária and Ricardo Silveira


Regarded as one of the great interpreters of Brazilian music, singer Zé Renato is a cofounder and member of one of Brazil’s most popular vocal-instrumental groups, Boca Livre. Over his nearly 40-year performing and recording career with the group, he has collaborated with Tom Jobim, Nana Vasconcelos, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, and Rubén Blades, among other celebrated musicians.  For this intimate concert, accompanied by guitar, Renato will sing sambas and Brazilian standards, joined by special guests Vinícius Cantuária (drums and vocals) and Ricardo Silveira (guitar). 


Presented in association with Brasil Summerfest


7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

M. Ward

Margaret Glaspy


The Guardian (London) called singer-songwriter and guitarist M. Ward (the stage name of Matthew “Matt” Stephen Ward) “a maverick auteur who draws upon blues, folk, country, and art-rock” to write potent “outsider narratives.”  In addition to his established solo career, Portland-based Ward is also a member of the pop duo She & Him with Zooey Deschanel and was a member of the folk-rock supergroup Monsters of Folk, formed with Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Conor Oberst, and Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes).  The singer has performed on recordings by, among others, Cat Power, Neko Case, Berth Orton, and Norah Jones. Ward released his eighth studio album, More Rain (Merge), this March.


“Full of distorted, bluesy electric guitar licks matched with a voice that completely takes over, moving from soft and tender to aggressively twisted…complex, deceptively heavy riffs with vocals that really stand out and grab you around the throat,” is how described singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy’s music. Glaspy, a Brooklynite by way of California and Boston, releases her debut full-length album this June.


Roots of American Music


Saturday, August 6


1:00 pm

Hearst Plaza

Those Pretty Wrongs

Mary Gauthier

Teddy Thompson and 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 with special guests

Lucinda Williams, Dr. John, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, Anderson East, Howard Johnston, and more

Under the musical direction of Larry Campbell

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


Sunday, August 7


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 the 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



In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Mostly Mozart Festival

Co-presented with Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2016


Wednesday, July 27 – Sunday, August 7

International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) Micro-Concerts

From July 27 to August 7, in a co-presentation between Lincoln Center Out of Doors and the Mostly Mozart Festival to celebrate Mostly Mozart’s 50th anniversary, ICE, 2016 Mostly Mozart Artists-in-Residence, will perform 15 micro-concerts, fifteen minutes each, on the Hearst Plaza stage. Each concert features world premiere works written especially for the brilliant soloists of ICE, who will be joined by guest artists for several of the concerts. Composers creating works for the micro-concerts include Rama Gottfried, Rand Steiger, Suzanne Farrin, Ken Ueno, Ashley Fure, and Anna Thorvaldsdottir. Micro-concert composer and program details to date follow in chronological order. For information, about the artists, composers and programs, visit

Co-presented with the Mostly Mozart Festival

Supported by ICE’s new First Page commissioning program and part of the OpenICE initiative.


Saturday, August 13

5:00 pm

Josie Robertson Plaza

the public domain (World premiere)

David Lang, composer

Simon Halsey, conductor (Mostly Mozart debut)

Annie-B Parson, choreographer (Mostly Mozart debut)

David Lang:       the public domain (World premiere)

Co-presented with the Mostly Mozart Festival

The Mostly Mozart Festival presentation of the public domain is made possible in part by the generous support of Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund


Programs and artists subject to change


Visit for more information, including program updates.


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.



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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“Summer at Lincoln Center” is supported by Diet Pepsi


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