Lincoln Center and The Americana Music Association Deliver Powerful Encore with ‘AmericanaFest NYC’ August 7-9
Free Performances by Artists Including: Lyle Lovett, The Fairfield Four, The McCrary Sisters, Iris DeMent, Kasey Chambers, Sam Outlaw, The Quebe Sisters, Justin Townes Earle and The “Watkins Family Hour” featuring Sean Watkins & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Fiona Apple, Don Heffington and Sebastian Steinberg
Rock My Soul: featuring The Fairfield Four and The McCrary Sisters
*Junior Mambazo will open the show at 7pm
The Quebe Sisters, Sam Outlaw, Kasey Chambers
Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited performed in its entirety featuring the Watkins Family Hour house band and special guests Shawn Colvin, Rodney Crowell, Pokey LaFarge, and Aimee Mann and Ted Leo, “Watkins Family Hour” featuring Sean Watkins & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Fiona Apple, Don Heffington, Sebastian Steinberg, and special guest Justin Townes Earle
Roots of American Music
“Iris DeMent makes music that celebrates humanity’s efforts toward salvation, while acknowledging that most of our time on Earth is spent reconciling with the fact that we don’t feel so redeemed. Grounded in hymns, early country songs, gospel and folk, DeMent’s work is treasured by those who know it for its insight and unabashed beauty.” That’s how NPR’s The Record recently described the Arkansas-born, Southern-California raised singer-songwriter, who will release her newest album The Trackless Woods just prior of her Out of Doors engagement. The recording was inspired by and based on work of the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, who was born in 1889 and lived through her homeland’s tumultuous 20th century before her death in 1966. DeMent has said her attraction to Akhmatova’s life and her moving poems stemmed from the poet’s ability “to hold fast to love and truth” despite incredible hardship, and described her album as the “opportunity to put a beautiful, much needed example of victory over inhumanity out in the world.”
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.
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 & 64th Streets.
Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets.
The Americana Music Association is a professional non-profit 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 about the association, please visit: www.americanamusic.org.
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.