Lincoln Center Out of Doors, one of the country’s longest-running outdoor summer festivals, will open its 46th season of free performances on Wednesday, July 20 at 7:30 pm with multi-faceted artist Patti Smith in an evening of words and music, joined by longtime musical collaborators Lenny Kaye and Tony Shanahan, and the Dance Theatre of Harlem later in the month.
The first week of Out of Doors continues on Thursday, July 21 with a rare New York performance by The Hallelujah Train, Louisiana gospel at its best, on a bill shared with South Africa’s renowned Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Friday, July 22, features a concert on Hearst Plaza by pioneering rock and R&B rhythm guitarist and singer-songwriter Barbara Lynn.
Also on July 22, as a special event to mark the 50th anniversary of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Damrosch Park’s audience will be treated to an evening of sublime classical music with Maestro Louis Langrée leading the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in an all-Mozart program.
Saturday, July 23 opens with a Lincoln Center Block Party at 11:00 am on Josie Robertson Plaza hosted by Philadelphia’s Illstyle & Peace Productions to kick off the annual Family Day at Out of Doors. Moving to Hearst Plaza, the dancers continue with a performance at 1:00 pm and following at 2:00 pm, the acclaimed Dance Theatre of Harlem will give a performance and demonstration featuring students and dancers of the company. The windup to Family Day, at 3:00 pm on Josie Robertson Plaza is She’s a Rebel: The Girl Group Concert, featuring young women ages 12‒18 and some of the pioneering women responsible for the girl group sound of the ‘60s.
On Saturday evening, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love takes the stage at Damrosch Park and celebrates her 75th birthday.
July 24 starts in the afternoon at 1:00 pm on the Hearst Plaza stage with Lincoln Center once again partnering with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance and the Center for Art, Tradition and Cultural Heritage to present Heritage Sunday. This year’s edition, Global Beat of The Bronx: From Bambara to Breakbeats features performances by four exciting troupes who call the Boogie Down home, and draw on a rich mix of traditional African, Caribbean, Latino, and contemporary sources in their music and dance.
Week One culminates on July 24, in Damrosch Park with a concert by salsa’s pioneering duo, “El Embajador del Piano,” Richie Ray, and celebrated vocalist Bobby Cruz.
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