Lincoln Center Out of Doors presents Annual Roots of American Music Weekend AMERICANAFEST NYC

Lincoln Center Out of Doors presents Annual Roots of American Music Weekend
in association with Americana Music Association
August 12–13

Featuring Bonnie Raitt, The Jayhawks, Don Bryant, Traveller, Flaco Jiménez, Amanda Shires, and Low Cut Connie


A Celebration of Chuck Berry with musical director Vernon Reid
Free outdoor summer festival runs July 26–August 13
NEW YORK (July 10, 2017) — Lincoln Center Out of Doors, one of the
country’s longest-running, free summer outdoor festivals, unveils today
the lineup for its Roots of American Music Weekend, highlighted for the
fourth year by AMERICANAFEST NYC, presented in association with the
Americana Music AssociationSM. Taking place August 12 and 13, the artist
lineup includes performances by Bonnie Raitt, The Jayhawks, Don Bryant,
Traveller, Flaco Jiménez, Amanda Shires, and Low Cut Connie. The
weekend also features a special Celebration of Chuck Berry with music
director Vernon Reid. See below for details of each concert.
The 47th edition of the Out of Doors festival runs July 26–August
13, filling the Lincoln Center campus with a diverse range of music,
dance, spoken word, and family events featuring dozens of artists from
across the city, country, and world — all completely free and open to
the public. Full programming for Lincoln Center Out of Doors available
separately here.
Lincoln Center has also joined forces with renowned restaurants and
notable chefs to offer a broad range of culinary offerings to accompany
its outdoor summer programming. 
Flaco Jiménez
Amanda Shires
Saturday, August 12 at 2:00 pm Hearst Plaza
Few, if any, artists in conjunto and Tejano music have received the
level of critical acclaim that Flaco Jiménez has enjoyed over the
course of a career spanning six decades, and no one has taken the
accordion-fueled Tex-Mex sound to a larger audience. Without
compromising his musical vision, Jiménez has introduced the traditional
conjunto sound to mainstream pop and country listeners thanks to his
collaborations with the Texas Tornados, The Mavericks, and Dwight
Yoakam, and he is celebrated by adventurous rock fans through his work
with Ry Cooder, Carlos Santana, Doug Sahm, and The Rolling Stones.
Traveller is the side project of solo artists Jonny Fritz, Robert
Ellis, and Cory Chisel, who formed the group to take a detour around the
well-paved, monotonous road of solo artistry. It’s a band of three
great friends, all with distinct styles, who love to write and perform
Amanda Shires began her career as a teenager playing fiddle with
the Texas Playboys. Since then, she’s toured and recorded with John
Prine, Billy Joe Shaver, Todd Snider, Justin Townes Earle, Shovels &
Rope, and most recently her husband, Jason Isbell. Along the way, she’s
made three solo albums, each serving to document a particular period in
her life while improving on the perceptive qualities of the previous
record. Her latest record, My Piece of Land, was released last year with
Dave Cobb as producer.

The Jayhawks
A Celebration of Chuck Berry with musical director Vernon Reid Low Cut Connie
Saturday, August 12 at 6:00 pm Damrosch Park Bandshell
Since the ’80s, The Jayhawks have been a driving force and
inspiration behind the growing Americana movement. Combining the talents
of singer-songwriters Gary Louris and Mark Olson, The Jayhawks released
their major label debut, the acclaimed Hollywood Town Hall (1992) via
Def American. This was followed by Tomorrow the Green Grass (1995),
which produced the alternative radio hit single “Blue.” Their latest
album, Paging Mr. Proust (2016), was produced in Portland with Peter
Buck and Tucker Martine.
A Celebration of Chuck Berry marks a special portion of the evening
dedicated to the late, legendary Chuck Berry, led by renowned artist
and performer Vernon Reid as musical director. As the lead guitarist of
Living Colour and a cofounder of the Black Rock Coalition, Reid’s
rampant eclecticism encompasses everything from hard rock and punk to
funk, R&B, and avant-garde jazz, and his anarchic, lightning-fast
solos have become something of a hallmark as well. Reid has worked with a
wide variety of experimental musicians including Mick Jagger, Defunkt,
Bill Frisell, John Zorn, Arto Lindsay, and Public Enemy, among others.
Low Cut Connie was recently called “the essence of what rock ‘n’
roll should be” by Greg Kot (Sound Opinions/NPR), and The New York Times
has said “their live show is a phenomenon.” They have been a rolling
DIY caravan, lending their explosive talent to the music industry for
five years and building an obsessive fan base from all walks of
life—white and black, straight and gay, young and old. Even former
President Barack Obama is a fan. He chose their anthem of
self-proclaimed lowbrow American life, “Boozophilia,” for his Spotify
playlist and met with frontman Adam Weiner at the White House in 2016.

Bonnie Raitt
Don Bryant

Sunday, August 13 at 7:00 pm Damrosch Park Bandshell
This year’s festival culminates with ten-time Grammy Award–winning
blues-rocker Bonnie Raitt and her celebrated road band. Raitt, who
Rolling Stone named as both one of the “100 Greatest Singers of All
Time” and one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” was inducted
into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. B.B. King once called
Raitt “the best damn slide player working today” and the poetic power of
her bottleneck guitar technique brings a unique second voice to
complement the emotional reach of her singing.
Opening the evening is Memphis soul man Don Bryant, the songwriter
behind Hi Record classics like Ann Peebles’s “I Can’t Stand the Rain.”
Forty years later, he’s having a career renaissance as a singer with his
new critically acclaimed album Don’t Give Up on Love. All events are
free with 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).
For more information, please visit or
All events are FREE; no tickets required.
Events take place on Lincoln Center’s campus between Broadway and
Amsterdam Avenue, from West 62nd Street to West 65th Street (except
where noted). Subway: 1 to 66th Street–Lincoln Center OR the A, B, C, D,
and 1 to 59th Street–Columbus Circle.
Visit for complete schedule Performance locations:
West 62nd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues
Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets
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 and 64th Streets
The Americana Music AssociationSM 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 AMERICANAFEST: The Americana Music
Festival & Conference and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors
& Awards program. The Americana Music AssociationSM receives
enormous support from the Tennessee Department of Tourism, Nashville
Convention & Visitors Corp, Epiphone, Lagunitas Brewing Company,
Music City Networks, ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC. For more information, please
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
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) 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, The Performing Arts Hall of Fame at
Lincoln Center, 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 41 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, 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, School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center
for the Performing Arts.
Lincoln Center has become a leading force in using new media and
technology to reach and inspire a wider and global audience. Reaching
audiences where they are—physically and digitally—has become a
cornerstone of making the performing arts more accessible to New Yorkers
and beyond. The reimagination of David Geffen Hall will play an
important part in these efforts. For more information, visit
Lincoln Center is committed to providing and improving
accessibility for people with disabilities. For information, call the
Department of Programs and Services for People with Disabilities at
Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2017 is made possible by Great
Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council, the Friends of Lincoln Center,
and Young Patrons of Lincoln Center.
Public support for Out of Doors 2017 provided by the New York City
Department of Cultural Affairs, Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner, New York
State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the
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. American Airlines is the Official Airline of
Lincoln Center
Nespresso is the Official Coffee of Lincoln Center NewYork-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital of Lincoln Center
“Summer at Lincoln Center” is supported by Pepsi Zero Sugar Artist
Catering provided by Zabar’s and Family Weekend is supported
by Disney

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