Americana Music Association Introduces Americanafest NYC

Americana Music Association1The Lincoln Center Out of Doors and the Americana Music Association have partnered to launch Americanafest NYC. Over the course of the final week of Out of Doors, a series of free concerts and events will be held Aug. 6-10 to conclude the annual “Roots of American Music” weekend.

The week of free summer concerts in NYC will include appearances and/or performances from Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Robert Ellis, Tift Merritt, Cassandra Wilson, The Campbell Brothers, Devil Makes Three, Rosanne Cash, The Lone Bellow, Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale, Music Makers Blues Review, Bobby Patterson, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires and others.

Films and symposiums will also be featured in the series, including showings of The Campbell Brothers: A Sacred Steel Love Supreme as well as Heroes of American Roots: From the Historic Films Archives.

All events are free with no tickets required (unless otherwise noted). Events take place on NYC’s Lincoln Center’s Plazas between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues, from West 62nd Street to West 65th Street (except where noted).

A full calendar of events is provided below.

7:30 pm
Damrosch Park Bandshell
Americanafest NYC
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Robert Ellis

7:30 pm
David Rubenstein Atrium
Tift Merritt with Eric Heywood

FRIDAY, Aug. 8
Americanafest NYC
7:30 pm
Damrosch Park Bandshell
Cassandra Wilson
The Campbell Brothers: A Sacred Steel Love Supreme (World Premiere; 50th anniversary celebration of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme commissioned by Lincoln Center Out of Doors)
Featuring visuals by Brock Monroe, Joshua Light Show collaborator

Americanafest NYC
1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater
Heroes of American Roots: From the Historic Films Archives

1:30 pm
Hearst Plaza
The Devil Makes Three

6:00 pm
Damrosch Park Bandshell
Rosanne Cash
The Lone Bellow
Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale

SUNDAY, Aug. 10
Americanafest NYC
1:00 pm
David Rubenstein Atrium
Heroes of Americana: From the Historic Film Archives introduced by Joe Lauro
Talkin’ Blues: Music Makers Relief Foundation’s Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, Ironing Board Sam and Tim Duffy in conversation with Dom Flemons.

5:00 pm
Damrosch Park Bandshell
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
St. Paul & the Broken Bones
Bobby Patterson
Music Maker Blues Revue*
Featuring Dom Flemons, Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, Ironing Board Sam
Presented in association with the Music Maker Relief Foundation

*Related Exhibition
We are the Music Makers
July 9–August 29, 2014
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
Corridor Gallery
Exhibition Hours: 12–8 Monday and Thursday; 12–6 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Closed Sunday.


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