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Carly Rae Jepsen, RZA, I’m With Her, Raphael Saadiq, Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band, Roots of American Music Weekend + SO MUCH MORE at Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2018

Lincoln Center today announced its annual Out of Doors season of free music and dance, invigorating Damrosch Park and the Lincoln Center campus from July 24 to August 12. One of the country’s longest-running free outdoor festivals, now in its 48th edition, Out of Doors intertwines diverse social and cultural dialogues with multi-genre music programming, family events, dance, and spoken word by artists from New York City, across the United States, and beyond in this year’s lineup.

“Out of Doors celebrates beautiful art forms and cultures from around the world with free performances—creating a space where new ideas and perspectives can be shared and explored by all,” said Jill Sternheimer, Director of Public Programming at Lincoln Center. “We invite the entire New York community to experience world-class performers, twists on classic works of music and film, established dance ensembles and artists, and rising talent new to the Lincoln Center campus.”

Opening the 2018 season on July 24 is Wu-Tang Clan founder, composer, and filmmaker RZAwith an epic audio-visual film experience—a live re-score of the 1978 Shaw Brothers’ martial arts classic The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, using Wu-Tang’s incredible discography and beyond. The movie’s story of oppressed Chinese villagers and the rule of a ruthless authority has long resonated with RZA, and influenced the carefully crafted philosophy of one of hip-hop’s seminal rap groups.

Prolific old-school R&B musician and producer, revered for his Grammy-nominated albums and collaborations with artists like Solange, D’Angelo, and The Roots, Raphael Saadiq showcases his deep catalog of treasures and vintage sounds at the Damrosch Park Bandshell. Opening the night is Tamar-kali: PyschoChamber Ensemble, a string sextet and voice project from multi-instrumentalist and Mudbound film composer. As part of the venue (le) poisson rouge’s 10th-anniversary celebration, LPR X presents the 1970s Afrofuturist sci-fi film Space Is the Placewith a unique live score from Sun Ra ArkestraLean on Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers combines James’s contemporary jazz and R&B sound with the pure, soulful melodies that catapulted Withers into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; and jazz pianist and composerSamora Pinderhughes performs The Transformations Suite, painting a musical picture of the past and current state of social injustice in the U.S. and beyond.

Leonard Bernstein’s revolutionary West Side Story score is reimagined steps from the original filming locations, and in the maestro’s centennial year, with the Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band taking modern jazz, funk, rock, and traditional Dominican, Brazilian, and Afro-Puerto Rican rhythms to the timeless masterpiece. Hal Willner’s Amarcord Nino Rota (“I Remember Nino Rota”) makes its New York City premiere, taking the sounds of Italian film composer Nino Rota—best known for The Godfather Part I and II, and numerous Federico Fellini film scores—to new musical heights with creative, multi-genre arrangements.

Last summer, NPR Music and Lincoln Center radically changed how we talk about the history of popular music with the publication of the 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women list and the Out of Doors live show. This year, NPR’s Turning the Tables Live: 21st-Century Edition shifts focus toward a new generation of artists claiming center stage. To celebrate, we present a night of music and conversation with Grammy nominated, multiplatinum recording artist and singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen, visionary Chicago R&B artist and poet Jamila Woods, Americana supergroup I’m With Her, and more.

Selena for Sanctuary celebrates the legacy of Tejano music’s brightest star, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, and the generation of young artists inspired by her songs and presence as a Latinx icon in popular culture. Rising Latinx performers headline this special night of tribute, with Selena’s famous melodies interpreted by Chilean singer-songwriter Mon Laferte; dreamy SoCal indie-pop wunderkind Cuco; fierce, magnetic vocalist and musician Nina Diaz; soulful, alternative R&B artist Omar Apollo; and accomplished songwriter and creative August Eve. Brownout’s Adrian Quesada, formerly of Grammy Award–winning ensemble Grupo Fantasma, assembles a special house band to accompany this talented group of guest vocalists.

A variety of dance is presented this season, with repertoire from the Dance Theatre of Harlem, kicking off its 50th-anniversary season, and Edinburgh-based touring company Janis Claxton Dance offering POP-UP Duets (fragments of love) to unsuspecting passersby across the Lincoln Center campus—fleeting, emotional, and intimate performances from August 1 to 5. On Heritage Sunday, Hearst Plaza hosts Made in NYC: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance. Captivating performances from an eclectic group of dancers and musicians includes Grammy-nominated clarinetist and mandolinist Andy Statman, Irish-American supergroup Cherish the Ladies, Afro-Colombian musical ensembleGrupo Rebolu, and West African dancer, drummer, and singer Sidiki Conde and Tokounou Dance Company.

Peter Wolf, best known as lead singer and songwriter of the J. Geils Band, brings his high-energy, front man antics and mix of rock, blues, and soul to the Bandshell stage.

OkayAfrica’s Mzansi Heat & Naija Beats brings Nigerian Afropop superstar Yemi Alade, as well as multiplatinum Afropop-house producer DJ Maphorisa, and NYC local DJ Tunez with his seamless fusion of old and new school Afrobeats. Iranian pop will be in full force in Damrosch Park with a lineup of three unique performances: legendary singer-songwriter and musicianFaramarz Aslani, setting classical Persian poetry and original lyrics to pop melodies; KIOSK, the innovative champions of Iranian rock, blues, and folk; and Habibi, the Brooklyn-based girl group praised for its psych-rock guitars, Detroit garage style, and smooth lyrics.

On Family Day, the Mark Morris Dance Group leads a free, all-ages and abilities dance class highlighting excerpts from the group’s Love Song Waltzes, also performed as a part of Mostly Mozart FestivalWith performances at the 2014 Super Bowl, the Times Square NYE celebration, and an appearance in Academy Award–winning movie Birdman, the Marching Cobras after-school drumline and dance team take over Josie Robertson Plaza for an energetic afternoon. Soul Science Lab closes the Family Day activities on Hearst Plaza with their explosive energy and positive messages, blended with hip-hop, jazz, funk, and showmanship to match.

La Casita provides a platform to a powerful group of artists and activists with performances of poems, music, and stories—at Lincoln Center on August 4 and Teatro Pregones in the Bronx on August 5.

Additional artists, including the full lineup for the Roots of American Music and Americanafest NYC weekend of August 11–12, will be announced at a later date.

All events are FREE, require no tickets, and take place on Lincoln Center’s campus between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, from West 62nd Street to West 65th Street (except where noted). See below for individual locations and addresses.

Visit LCOutOfDoors.org for more information and program updates.

Out of Doors 2018 Schedule

RZA: Live from The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

Tuesday, July 24 at 7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Wu-Tang Clan founder, composer, and filmmaker RZA kicks off the season with an epic audio-visual film experience— a re-score of the Shaw Brothers’ 1978 martial arts classicThe 36th Chamber of Shaolin. With its themes of perseverance, transcendence, and brotherhood, the film was a formative influence on Wu-Tang’s aesthetic. Now, weaving together instrumentals, beats, and lyrics from the Wu-Tang discography (and beyond), RZA performs his thrilling new score live, amplifying the film’s powerful narrative and astonishing action from opening sequence to closing credit. After touring this project to sold-out venues in 12 cities, RZA returns to New York City with a special edition crafted specially for his hometown fans.

Raphael Saadiq

Tamar-kali: PsychoChamber Ensemble

Wednesday, July 25 at 7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Since his early days with the multiplatinum group Tony! Toni! Toné! and throughout his three-decade career collaborating with artists like Solange, D’Angelo, and The Roots, Grammy-winning musician, songwriter, and producer Raphael Saadiq has kept the flames of old school R&B burning brightly. For this special show, he takes his rightful place center stage to play treasures old and new from his deep catalog. Sharing the bill is Brooklyn’s own Tamar-kali, recently nominated (like Saadiq) for her musical work on the film Mudbound. Tonight, she and her strings/vocal ensemble explore the intersection of classical music and post-punk sensibility.

Selena for Sanctuary featuring Mon Laferte, Cuco, Nina Diaz, Omar Apollo, and August Eve

Thursday, July 26 at 7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

The queen of Tejano music and an idol to an entire generation of young artists, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez is the inspiration for this beautiful evening of music and community. Join an exciting lineup of genre-defying Latinx musicians including Chilean singer-songwriter Mon Laferte; SoCal “DIY dream pop” wunderkind Cuco (Red Bull); fierce, magnetic vocalist and musician Nina Diaz; soulful, alternative R&B artist Omar Apollo; and accomplished songwriter and creative August Eve as they bring their own spirit to Selena’s famous melodies under the starry Manhattan sky.

Presented in association with Solidarity for Sanctuary

Hal Willner’s Amarcord Nino Rota (New York City premiere)

Friday, July 27 at 7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Legendary downtown music producer Hal Willner brings together an eclectic array of musicians for an imaginative musical tribute to Italian composer Nino Rota, known for his iconic scores to Federico Fellini’s films, including La Dolce Vita, and Juliet of the Spirits. Willner and friends open the night with music from two other famous Rota scores—the first two Godfather movies—before digging into the Fellini scores in a live performance of the seminal 1981 tribute album that launched Willner’s storied career, Amarcord Nino Rota (I Remember Nino Rota).

Family Day

Saturday, July 28

Bring the kids and get into the Out of Doors spirit with family-friendly music and dance performances on our spectacular campus.

Dance with Mark Morris Dance Group

Saturday, July 28 at 11:00 am

Hearst Plaza

Co-presented with the Mostly Mozart Festival

Learn to dance with one of the world’s most celebrated contemporary dance companies. For this special all-ages, all-abilities class, participants will have the chance to dance steps from Mark Morris’s Love Song Waltzes, which will be performed in August at the Mostly Mozart Festival.

Marching Cobras

Saturday, July 28 at 12:00 pm

Josie Robertson Plaza

They’ve performed at the Super Bowl, in an Oscar-winning movie (Birdman), and as part of the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration, and now this 60-member drumline and dance team brings its high-energy artistry to Josie Robertson Plaza.

Soul Science Lab

Saturday, July 28 at 1:00 pm

Hearst Plaza

Dancing and singing are encouraged at this interactive performance by dynamic duo Chen Lo and Asante Amin. Together with an MC, a DJ, horns, and vocalists, Lo and Amin chronicle the joys of travel and cultural exploration using their signature blend of hip-hop, jazz, funk, soul, and Afrobeat rhythms.

Faramarz Aslani accompanied by Babak Amini

KIOSK

Habibi

Saturday, July 28 at 7:00 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Persian music is refracted across generations with this exceptional triple bill anchored by legendary singer-songwriter and guitarist Faramarz Aslani. Beloved for setting classical Persian poetry and original lyrics to pop grooves, Aslani has been one of the most respected Iranian artists since his 1977 hit song “Ageh Ye Rooz” (If One Day). He shares the evening with KIOSK, the popular rock band that emerged from the Tehran underground in the early 2000s, and Brooklyn-based Habibi, whose lauded new EP, Cardamom Garden, blends Iranian psychedelic rock from the ’70s with girl-group harmonies and surf guitar.

Janis Claxton: POP-UP Duets (fragments of love)

Various times

Josie Robertson Plaza

Wednesday–Sunday, August 1–5

Lincoln Center’s campus becomes the stage for this “richly inventive, wonderfully perceptive” set of duets (Herald, U.K.) from acclaimed Scottish choreographer Janis Claxton. Over the course of nine encounters, pairs of dancers emerge from the crowds to offer ephemeral glimpses of love and affection, from overt flirtation to secret passions, all set to a gorgeous score by Pippa Murphy. A unanimous hit at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Duets will delight visitors during the second week of Lincoln Center Out of Doors.

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

Music and conversation with:

Carly Rae Jepsen

Jamila Woods
I’m With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan)
and others to be announced

Wednesday, August 1 at 7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Last summer, NPR Music and Lincoln Center radically changed how we talk 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 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 focus toward a new generation of artists claiming center stage. To celebrate, we present a night of music and conversation with Grammy-nominated, multiplatinum recording artist and singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen; visionary Chicago R&B artist and poet Jamila Woods; Americana supergroup I’m With Her; and more.

OkayAfrica’s Mzansi Heat & Naija Beats

Yemi Alade

DJ Maphorisa

DJ Tunez

Thursday, August 2 at 7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

OkayAfrica—the online hub of the African New Wave—brings two Afropop superstars and a legendary Brooklyn DJ to Damrosch Park for this high-octane party. Drawing on everything from Ghanaian highlife, Ivorian coupé-décalé, and American hip-hop, the Nigerian “Queen of Afrobeats” Yemi Alade (Fader) lights up the stage with power vocals and irrepressible charisma. DJ Maphorisa, the multiplatinum South African producer known for his banging blend of house and Afropop, and Flatbush’s own DJ Tunez—official DJ to Nigerian megastar Wizkid—will keep you feeling great all night long.

Peter Wolf

Friday, August 3 at 7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Known to ’70s FM radio kids and early MTV fans as the charismatic lead singer and songwriter of the J. Geils Band (“Centerfold,” “Love Stinks”), Peter Wolf takes us on “a tour de force excursion through the landscape of American music” (All About Jazz). As a solo artist Wolf has collaborated with the likes of Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Mick Jagger, and Aretha Franklin. Leading his own band of seasoned pros, he brings an energetic set of blues, pop, funk, soul, bluegrass, country, and rock ‘n’ roll to the Bandshell.

Saturday & Sunday, August 4 & 5

La Casita

Saturday, August 4 at 12:00 pm Hearst Plaza

Sunday, August 5 at 2:30 pm Teatro Pregones (Bronx)

Poetry: Timothy DuWhite, el-Walad, Amanda Gorman, Randall Horton, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Fred Moten, José Olivarez, Purvi Shah, Danez Smith, and Frank Waln

Music:  Bohio Music, Los Pleneros de la 21, Madison McFerrin, Soul Inscribed, and Ulali Project

MC: Jennifer Falú

Through poetry, music, and stories, a powerful community of artist-activists give voice to the everyday heroes working to uphold and extend LGBTQ, women’s, civil, immigrant, and human rights.

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.

American Sign Language interpretation provided

Dance Theatre of Harlem

ALA.NI

Saturday, August 4 at 7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

For 50 years, Dance Theatre of Harlem has been spreading a message of empowerment through the arts. In recent years, the first Black classical ballet transformed into a superlative, multi-ethnic company with a powerful vision for ballet in the 21st century. For this celebratory evening, the company dances some of the signature works that embody this impressive legacy. The magic of the night begins with London-born, Paris-based singer-songwriter ALA.NI, who brings the spirit of Billie Holiday and Judy Garland to her jewel box of intimate songs.

Related Event:

Dance Theatre of Harlem: 50 Years of Trailblazing History

Panel Discussion with former Dance Theatre of Harlem Company members

Saturday, August 4 at 4:00 pm

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

Sunday, August 5

Heritage Sunday

1:00 pm Hearst Plaza

Made in NYC: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance featuring Andy Statman, Cherish the Ladies, Grupo Rebolu, and Sidiki Conde and Tokounou

5:00 pm Josie Robertson Plaza

Heritage Sunday Dance Party

with DJ Rekha

For this 50th birthday celebration, the Center for Traditional Music and Dance calls upon some of its favorite artists—many of whom got their start with CTMD—for an eclectic, energetic afternoon of music reflecting the diversity of New York City’s neighborhoods. Among the guests are klezmer pioneer Andy Statman, Irish-American supergroup Cherish the Ladies, the groundbreaking Afro-Colombian band Grupo Rebolu, and the miraculous Guinean dancer, drummer, and singer Sidiki Conde and his group Tokounou. DJ Rekha—the visionary behind SOB’s legendary Basement Bhangra parties—oversees the post-show dance party around the Revson Fountain.

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

Yoruba Remixed!

A Sonic Journey Through the Sounds & Vibes of the African Diaspora

featuring PALO!, Philbert Armenteros y Los Herederos, Yuba Ire, Something Positive Dance Company, DJ Carlos Mena, and DJ Bembona

Sunday, August 5 at 7:00 pm
Damrosch Park Bandshell

Join the Caribbean Cultural Center as they celebrate the legacy of its co-founder Marta Moreno Vega with music and dance inspired by West African Yoruba traditions. Dance performances by the Something Positive Dance Company open and close this evening that also features live music from Puerto Rican percussion ensemble Yuba Ire and two celebrated Miami bands—Philbert Armenteros y Los Herederos and PALO! In between, world-renowned DJs keep the vibe going with sets of remixed Yoruba songs.

Presented in association with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute

Sun Ra Arkestra live score to Space Is the Place

Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers

Samora Pinderhughes: The Transformations Suite

Wednesday, August 8 at 6:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

This cosmic evening, part of LPR’s 10th-anniversary celebrations, builds up to the Sun Ra Arkestra performing the live score to the film, in which Black people create their own paradise on Saturn, transported there by music. Getting us to that place tonight are the beloved songs of soul singer and composer Bill Withers (“Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone,” “Just the Two of Us”) performed by Blue Note jazz and R&B artist José James. Jazz pianist and composer Samora Pinderhughes opens with The Transformations Suite, a musical and theatrical examination of the radical history of resistance within communities of the African diaspora.

Presented as part of LPR X, celebrating (le) poisson rouge’s 10th-anniversary season

West Side Story Reimagined 

Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band

Poetry by La Bruja and Rich Villar

Friday, August 10 at 7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Leonard Bernstein’s score to West Side Story fused progressive big-band jazz, lyric opera, modern dance, and Latin rhythms into a groundbreaking masterpiece that revolutionized the Broadway musical. Celebrate Maestro Bernstein’s centennial year with the Grammy-nominated Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band. Just a few blocks from where the opening of the film was shot, they reimagine the timeless instrumental score using traditional Afro-Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Brazilian, Venezuelan, and Mexican rhythms, funk, rock, and jazz. Poets La Bruja and Rich Villar kick off the evening with an electrifying set of spoken word.

Related Event:

Talk

West Side Story: A Masterwork Reimagined

A conversation with Bobby Sanabria and Jamie Bernstein

Tuesday, August 7

7:00 pm Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater

Narrator, writer, broadcaster, and daughter of Leonard Bernstein, Jamie Bernstein joins educator, drummer, composer, and arranger Bobby Sanabria to discuss his re-envisioning of West Side Story, as well as the origins of the 60-year-old masterwork and why it remains so relevant today.

Saturday, August 11

3:00 pm Harlem Meer, Central Park

In the Name of the Earth (World premiere)

North, South, East, and West choruses

Simon Halsey, conductor
John Luther Adams: In the Name of the Earth (World premiere)

RAIN LOCATION: The Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Join hundreds of neighbors, visitors, and singers in the northernmost part of Central Park for the world premiere of In the Name of the Earth, a large-scale choral work by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer John Luther Adams. Led by the incomparable Simon Halsey, hundreds of experienced and amateur singers transform the names of North American rivers, lakes, mountains, and deserts into a communal meditation on Adams’s holy trinity: the Earth, the Water, and the Holy Wind. Experience geography in sight and sound as you move around the beautiful water of the Harlem Meer and through an enveloping sound world created by 360-degree singing.

Saturday & Sunday, August 11 & 12

Americanafest NYC

Lineup to be announced

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