Listing: Free Summer Performances With Lincoln Center ‘Out Of Doors’

PHOTO CREDIT: Kevin Yatarola for Lincoln Center
Free performances all summer long!

July 26–August 13

Lincoln Center Out of Doors, one of the country’s longest-running free outdoor summer festivals, opens this year on July 26 and runs through August 13. The 47th edition of the popular festival will fill 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.

“We are thrilled about this year’s festival,” says Jill Sternheimer, Director of Public Programming at Lincoln Center. “It’s a profound reminder of what is truly great about this city—the opportunity to come together on a beautiful summer night and experience totally free world-class concerts and performances from such a wide array of incredible artists, and to be able to share in the sense of community that goes along with that. It’s what Lincoln Center Out of Doors is all about.”

The lineup of the 2017 season includes:

  • Concerts by International Contemporary Ensemble performing Heart of Tones: A Tribute to Pauline Oliveros (July 28); Rumer with special guest Dionne Warwick (July 29); Angelique Kidjo’s Remain in Light (August 2); the New York premiere of Miguel Atwood-Ferguson’s Suite For Ma Dukes (August 4); Nick Lowe’s Quality Rock ‘n’ Roll Revue starring Los Straitjackets (August 5); Spanish Harlem Orchestra and Edmar Castañeda (August 9); Kendra Foster (August 11); Natalia Lafourcade and Vagabon (August 11)
  • Dance programs featuring Paul Taylor Dance Company performing Airs and Company B accompanied by vocal trio Duchess (July 28); Heidi Latsky’s ON DISPLAY (July 29); Bollywood Boulevard, showcasing the artistry of Hindi cinema with a specially commissioned multimedia evening of music, dance and original projected animations (August 3); sister duo Chloe & Maud’s contemporary tap performance Apt 33: Where Dreams Are Made (August 4); Heritage Sundaycelebrating the renaissance of traditional Eastern European and Central Asian folk music and dance styles, featuring acrobatic Georgian music and dance troupe Dancing Crane and “Queen of Tajik Dance” Malika Kalontarova (August 6)
  • The first in a new series of collaborations between Lincoln Center and NPR Music, featuring some of music’s most talented women performing songs from NPR’s soon-to-be-published list of the 100 Greatest Albums by Women (Opening Night, July 26)
  • The annual Roots of American Music Weekend and Americanafest NYC (August 12–13)
  • Nosotros Festival, conceived by Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Alynda Lee Segarra to bring together essential Latinx voices from the worlds of music, spoken word, and activism, featuring Las CafeterasHurray for the Riff RaffHelado NegroXenia Rubinos, and poets La BrujaFelipe Luciano, and Bonafide Rojas (July 27)
  • OkayAfrica’s Riddim & Beats with TimayaSister Nancy, and The Compozers (August 10)
  • Family Weekend, dedicated to all things Double Dutch, celebrating the sport, the talent, artistry and athleticism of its participants, and its rich history at Lincoln Center and in New York City (July 29–30)
  • A “silent” screening (with headphones) of the Coen Brothers’ cult classic The Big Lebowski in conjunction with Lebowski Fest New York (August 3)
  • La Casita, Lincoln Center Out of Doors’ annual celebration of community, showcasing urban poetry, spoken word, and musical expressions that represent the diversity of traditional and contemporary cultures across New York City, dedicated this year to artist-activists working to uphold and extend LGBTQwomen’scivilimmigrantand human rights (at Lincoln Center on August 5 and at Teatro Pregones in the Bronx on August 6)
  • Talking Drums: Stand Up! Speak Out! presented in association with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute and featuring Baba ClarkeGrupo AgolunaLegacy WomenLos Pleneros de la 21SilverCloud SingersSoh DaikoSomething Positive, and poet/host Staceyann Chin (August 6)
  • Additional artists, including the full lineup for the Roots of American Music/Americanafest NYC weekend of August 12–13, 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.

Out of Doors 2017 Schedule

NPR Music’s Turning the Tables Live

Wednesday, July 26 at 7:00 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

NPR Music and Lincoln Center Out of Doors join forces to kick off this year’s festival with Turning the Tables Live, an evening featuring some of music’s most talented women performing songs from NPR Music’s upcoming list of the 100 greatest albums created by women during the “classic album era” (defined roughly as 1964 to the present). The concert and list also mark the start of an upcoming, multi-platform NPR Music project, and the first of four Lincoln Center live collaborations.

While women often get their due as important performers and trendsetters, to this day they are rarely credited for skills and vision in the recording studio. Turning the Tables sets out to examine what stories remain to be told about women realizing their visions through the album form, acting as pioneers of technology and musical virtuosity, and creating key listening experiences that have been treasured by listeners over multiple generations.

Once published, the list—compiled by a panel of contributors from NPR Music and the public radio system, and encompassing 100 albums with women at their center as artists, songwriters, musicians and/or producers—will form the basis of monthly radio broadcasts and online features across the NPR system.

The performing artists for NPR Music’s Turning the Tables Live will be announced in June.

Related Event:

Panel Discussion
Shifting the Groove: Creators Discuss the New Canon of Women’s Recordings

Tuesday, July 25 at 7:00 pm

David Rubenstein Atrium


Nosotros Festival

Featuring Las Cafeteras, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Helado Negro, Xenia Rubinos,

and poets La Bruja, Felipe Luciano, and Bonafide Rojas

Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Conceived by Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Alynda Lee Segarra, the Nosotros Festival brings together essential and diverse Latinx voices from the worlds of music, performance, spoken word, and activism in order to empower youth and stand in solidarity with all oppressed people who are fighting for a better world. In addition to Segarra and Hurray for the Riff Raff, this special evening includes Young Lords poet/activist Felipe Luciano—a major influence on their acclaimed new album, The Navigator, which NPR praised as “the essence of roots music, feeding the future, insisting on staying alive”—plus son jarocho fusion band Las Cafeteras, ruminative electronic artist Helado Negro, fearless sonic adventurer Xenia Rubinos, and spoken word stars La Bruja and Bonafide Rojas.


International Contemporary Ensemble

Heart of Tones: A Tribute to Pauline Oliveros

Friday, July 28 at 7:00 pm

Hearst Plaza

The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) celebrates one of its most influential collaborators, pioneering composer Pauline Oliveros, in a program spanning more than 50 years of sonic innovation. From the tiniest microsounds of found objects in Applebox Double (1965) to the acoustic phenomena of Heart of Tones (1999), this performance invites audience members to practice Oliveros’s philosophy of deep listening and discover new possibilities of musical expression.


Paul Taylor Dance Company

with Duchess featuring SPECIAL GUEST Vuyo Sotashe

Friday, July 28 at 7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

The renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company returns to Damrosch Park to perform one of its signature pieces, Company B, a pacifist masterpiece that questions some of the American myths that emerged out of times of war. Originally set to a recording of nine songs performed by the Andrews Sisters, this performance features live music performed by charismatic New York vocal trio Duchess. The group also opens the evening with special guest, rising South African jazz singer Vuyo Sotashe. Taylor’s Airs, another celebrated classic of his repertoire with music by Handel, rounds out this evening of song and dance.


Family Weekend

‘Til the Street Lights Come On: Celebrating Double Dutch in NYC

Saturday, July 29, 10:30 am–5 pm

Sunday, July 30, 12–7:30 pm

Various locations

After a 30+ year hiatus, Double Dutch returns to the Lincoln Center campus! The historic two-day event celebrates the sport, the talent, artistry and athleticism of its participants, and its rich history in New York City and at Lincoln Center with demonstrations, jump-ins, panel discussions, a film screening and exhibition, and the Double Dutch Summer Classic National Competition.

Family Weekend is supported by Disney.


Double Dutch demonstration with members of the National Double Dutch League™

Saturday, July 29 at 10:30 am & 12:30 pm

Josie Robertson Plaza

Open to all ages and levels, this live demonstration teaches the basics for jumping between the ropes.


Double Dutch Open Jump led by the National Double Dutch League™

Saturday, July 29, 11:00 am–1:30 pm

Josie Robertson Plaza

Participants of all ages and levels can showcase and refine their skills at jump stations across the plaza.



Living Legacy: Double Dutch’s Impact on the Arts and NYC

Saturday, July 29 at 2 pm

David Rubenstein Atrium

Learn about the influence of Double Dutch on the arts and the city at this discussion with some of New York City’s most dynamic artists and cultural purveyors.



Pick Up Your Feet: The Double Dutch Show

Saturday, July 29 at 3:30 pm

David Rubenstein Atrium

Take an inside look at Double Dutch through this short cinéma vérité-style documentary chronicling young New Yorkers as they traverse the sport, and the city, in their journey to the 1981 World Invitational Double Dutch Championship at Lincoln Center.



Double Dutch: Something to Call Our Own
with panelists Marlene Cruz (DD Tigers), Delores Finlayson (Fantastic Four), Brenda Morgan (Jumpin Joints), and Zenobia White (Double Dutch Dynamos)

Moderated by Mikki Shepard, Former Executive Producer, The Apollo Theater

Saturday, July 29 at 4 pm

David Rubenstein Atrium

Stay after the film for a dialogue with The Fantastic Four, the pioneering team featured in Pick Up Your Feet who helped propel female athletes and the New York City tradition of Double Dutch to the international stage. The talk will be followed by a reception recognizing the people featured in the film.


Double Dutch Summer Classic National Competition

Sunday, July 30, 12:00–5:00 pm

Josie Robertson Plaza

Teams from across the country showcase their speed, skill, and artistry as they vie for the championship in this official competition organized by the National Double Dutch League™, the official organizing body for the sport.


Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen featuring Toni Blackman, La Bruja, Likwuid, MC Beats, National Double Dutch League All-Stars, Rokafella, and The Sparkles (National Double Dutch All-Star Team)
Dynamic Diplomats of Double Dutch
Natasha Diggs

Sunday, July 30 at 6:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

The weekend concludes with an exuberant finale from Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen, a socially conscious collective dedicated to empowering women through hip-hop. Double Dutch (courtesy of the Dynamic Diplomats of Double Dutch), dance, DJs, and MCs come together for this mainstage performance that tips a hat to 1980s New York and some of the era’s lasting cultural influence.

Co-presented by Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA) in collaboration with National Double Dutch League™


Heidi Latsky


Saturday, July 29 at 6:00 pm

Hearst Plaza

Figures dressed in white form a “living gallery” around Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure on Hearst Plaza in this latest iteration of choreographer Heidi Latsky’s powerful performance installation. Premiered at Lincoln Center in 2015 to mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, ON DISPLAY features a range of performers, questioning ingrained expectations of who gets to be “onstage” and mainstream culture’s narrow definition of beauty.


An Evening with Rumer
featuring special guest set by Dionne Warwick

Saturday, July 29 at 7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

With “a voice that floats like a warming breeze” (Los Angeles Times), British singer-songwriter Rumer presents an evening of original tunes and selections from the timeless catalog of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, to which she recently paid tribute on her album This Girl’s in Love: A Bacharach & David Songbook. The songs feature arrangements by her musical (and life) partner Rob Shirakbari, who served as musical director to both Bacharach and Dionne Warwick for 25 and 30 years, respectively. One of the foremost Bacharach interpreters of our time, Warwick lends her legendary voice to this intimate evening with a special guest set of her own.


Angelique Kidjo’s Remain in Light

Ibibio Sound Machine (U.S. Debut)

Wednesday, August 2 at 7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Three-time Grammy Award–winning global superstar Angelique Kidjo reimagines Talking Heads’ groundbreaking 1980 album, Remain in Light, the gold record that drew inspiration from Fela Kuti and won acclaim for its mix of African percussion, funk, synth and rock. Kidjo now brings the music full circle, reinterpreting the entire album with her band—an outing about which The New York Times recently raved, “Africa rapturously reclaimed rock when Angelique Kidjo, from Benin, performed all the songs from Talking Heads’ album…All of Ms. Kidjo’s changes were grounded in affection and ingenuity…[she] wasn’t toppling an icon; she was dancing on its heights.”

Ibibio Sound Machine, an eight-piece band led by Nigerian-born British singer Eno Williams, kicks off the evening with its mix of Afrobeat, club music, and funk.



Thursday, August 3 at 7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Lincoln Center Out of Doors celebrates the artistry of Hindi cinema with Bollywood Boulevard, an evening of music, dance, and big-screen visuals that invites audiences to experience the evolution of the Bollywood musical—a phenomenon that has captured the hearts of billions across the world over generations—from black-and-white classics to modern blockbusters. The evening marks the debut of a specially commissioned multimedia performance by world-class musicians and dancers, all of whom hail from the tri-state area. Musicians play live while dancers perform choreography inspired by Bollywood classics surrounded by projections of specially created original animations, filling Damrosch Park with explosions of movement, color and light.

Related Event:

Panel Discussion

India’s Identities through Bollywood Cinema

Tuesday, August 1 at 7:00 pm

Film Society’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center’s Amphitheater, 144 West 65th Street

Presented in association with The India Center Foundation

Bollywood Boulevard is a MELA Production commissioned by Lincoln Center for Lincoln Center Out of Doors in association with The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, The Bushnell Institute for Digital Performance Art, and The Jay and Linda Grunin Center. Additional support from India Center Foundation, Inc, and Raoul Bhavnani.


“Silent” Movie
The Big Lebowski

Thursday, August 3 at 10:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

The centerpiece of this year’s Lebowski Fest New York, a “silent” screening of the Coen Brothers’ cult classic, The Big Lebowski, invites audiences to don headphones and fully immerse themselves in the film’s absurd tale of mistaken identity, bowling, White Russians, anger management issues, kidnapping, pornography, nihilists, and, of course, His Dudeness, all while gathered together under the stars (and the big screen) in Damrosch Park.

Presented in association with Lebowski Fest New York. “Silent” Movie powered by Quiet Events.


Chloe & Maud

Apt 33: Where Dreams Are Made

Friday, August 4 at 7:00 pm

Hearst Plaza

Choreographer-dancers Chloe and Maud Arnold are the sister act behind viral videos that spike Beyoncé and Prince songs with advanced tap dance technique. Tonight they bring their eclectic New York crew Apartment 33 to Hearst Plaza for a night of fierce footwork and passionate artistry that places tap back at the heart of pop culture.


Miguel Atwood-Ferguson
Suite For Ma Dukes (New York Premiere)

Friday, August 4 at 7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Uniquely bridging orchestral composition and arrangement with soul, jazz, hip-hop, improvisation and influences from around the world, acclaimed Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Miguel Atwood-Ferguson re-imagines his expansive tribute to celebrated composer, producer and rapper J Dilla—whose profound influence on hip-hop production is still felt today, more than a decade after his death. Performed here by a 25-piece jazz orchestra, Dilla’s works explode in scope, untethered from any era or genre and bursting with rhythmic and melodic invention.

New arrangements commissioned by Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Presented in association with Revive Music Group


La Casita

Saturday, August 5 at 12:00 pm

Hearst Plaza

La Casita is Lincoln Center Out of Doors’ annual celebration of community, showcasing urban poetry, spoken word, and musical expressions that represent the diversity of traditional and contemporary cultures across New York City. As it has for many years, the program also takes place at Teatro Pregones in the Bronx (see below).

This year, a remarkable group of artist-activists employs poetry, music and stories to give voice to the movements working to uphold and extend LGBTQ, women’s, civil, immigrant, and human rights. In addition, a brand-new casita—the vibrant hand-painted structure that serves as the event’s visual centerpiece—will make its debut, designed and created by acclaimed “Byzantine hip-hop” visual artist Manny VegaBaba Israel, the great New York spoken word, hip-hop, and experimental performance artist, returns as MC.

Poetry and spoken word: Safia Elhillo, Denice Frohman, Patricia Spears Jones, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Venessa Marco, Tracie Morris, Urayoán Noel, Gabriel Ramirez, Paul Tran, Crystal Valentine

Music: Haleh Liza, James Lovell, Melvis Santa & Ellas-Son, Orquesta Criolla Nacional de Puerto Rico, Mapeyé, Be Steadwell

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


Nick Lowe’s Quality Rock ‘n’ Roll Revue
starring Los Straitjackets 

Saturday, August 5 at 7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

British music legend Nick Lowe, known for his long and varied solo career as well as his work with Elvis Costello, Graham Parker and The Pretenders, brings his celebrated live show with Nashville-based, luchador-masked neo-surf rockers Los Straitjackets to the Damrosch Park Bandshell.


Heritage Sunday

From Tirana to Tashkent: Cheres Folk Orchestra, Dancing Crane, Malika Kalontarova, Merita Halili & The Raif Hyseni Orchestra

Sunday, August 6 at 1:00 pm

Hearst Plaza

For 19 summers, Heritage Sunday at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, curated by the Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD), has celebrated the diverse performance traditions found throughout New York City. This year’s program celebrates the renaissance of traditional Eastern European and Central Asian folk music and dance styles with performances by leading artists who are reclaiming these traditions and reshaping them as contemporary artistic expressions: the Cheres Folk Orchestra, representing the Carpathian region of Western Ukraine; the acrobatic Georgian music and dance troupe Dancing Crane; the “Queen of Tajik Dance” Malika Kalontarova; and Albanian vocal star Merita Halili with an orchestra led by the Republic of Kosova’s Raif Hyseni.

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


La Casita

Sunday, August 6 at 2:30 pm

Teatro Pregones, 571 Walton Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451

See Saturday, August 5 for description and lineup.


Talking Drums: Stand Up! Speak Out!

featuring Baba Clarke, Grupo Agoluna, Legacy Women,
Los Pleneros de la 21, SilverCloud Singers, Soh Daiko,
and Something Positive

Poet/Host: Staceyann Chin

Sunday, August 6 at 7:00 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Throughout history and across cultures, drums have been the beating heart of communities, used to communicate, motivate, and unite in a common cause. The power of drumming to connect people and inspire action is the inspiration for this performance bringing together celebrated activist-artists from Caribbean, Japanese, African, and Native American musical traditions to stand up and speak out for action, healing and peace.

Presented in association with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute.


Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Edmar Castañeda

Wednesday, August 9 at 7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Led by renowned pianist, producer, arranger and bandleader Oscar Hernández, the two-time Grammy Award–winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra brings a high-energy set of salsa dura to Damrosch Park. Known for their rich sound and musical precision, the 13-member SHO has played alongside such Latin royalty as Rubén Blades, Tito Puente, and Celia Cruz, and has spent 14 years touring the world to great acclaim. Opening the show is Colombian jazz harpist Edmar Castañeda, called a “musical marvel” by NPR and “almost a world unto himself” by The New York Times, whose signature blend of jazz and South American folk music has won him praise across the globe.


OkayAfrica’s Riddim & Beats


Thursday, August 10 at 7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

OkayAfrica—the digital hub that connects a global audience to the African continent through compelling content and high-profile cultural events—brings the funk of West African beats and the rhythms of Caribbean carnival to Lincoln Center Out of Doors. Nigerian dancehall king Timaya embodies the essential elements of carnival culture—music, costume, and dance—while dancehall icon Sister Nancy hails from the Jamaican scene where she is widely regarded as one of the very first female DJs. Eclectic London Afrobeat band The Compozers rounds out the music portion of the bill, while live dancers turn the stage into a vivid, colorful mash-up of African and Caribbean cultures in the heart of New York City.


Kendra Foster

Friday, August 11 at 7:00 pm

Hearst Plaza

A longtime member of the P-Funk family and an integral 21st-century voice of its legacy, Kendra Foster also cowrote eight songs on D’Angelo’s Grammy Award–winning 2014 album, Black Messiah. In the past few years she’s stepped into the spotlight as a powerful solo artist in her own right, bringing together jazz, funk, soul, R&B, hip-hop, rock, and electronica with her smoky vocals, jazz-cut melodies, and high-end, neo-soul production.


Natalia Lafourcade


Friday, August 11 at 7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

This border-crossing double-bill brings together two rising star singer/songwriter/instrumentalists whose unique approaches to their respective crafts have caught the attentions of music fans and critics alike. Called a “soaring and resilient free spirit” by The New York Times whose “masterful songwriting” has been praised by Rolling Stone, Natalia Lafourcade’s expansive musical roots run through her new album, Musas—an homage to the legends of Latin music. Vagabon is the project of Cameroon-born New Yorker Lætitia Tamko, called “an indie rock game changer” by Pitchfork and “one of indie rock’s rising stars” by NPR. Her recently released, self-produced album, Infinite Worlds, combines guitar-based rock, synths, keyboards, and drums into wide-ranging sounds and lyrical meditations on the modern world.


Annual Roots of American Music Weekend


Saturday, August 12

Sunday, August 13

The long-running Roots of American Music Weekend returns to close the 2017 edition of Lincoln Center Out of Doors, highlighted for the fourth year in a row by Americanafest NYC in collaboration with the Americana Music Association. Details will be announced at a later date.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kevin Yatarola for Lincoln Center

Visit for more information and program updates.


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