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Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2018 free music, dance and spoken word

Lincoln Center Out of Doors is an annual Summer festival of diverse music, dance, and spoken word artists at Lincoln Center.  There is usually a spoken word section at Teatro Pregones in the Bronx.

It’s a great chance to get a look at some different artists. Muchas Gracias to Lincoln Center for giving diversity a strong voice.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2018

The 2018 calendar of shows in July and August should be released in June 2018.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2017

July 26 – August 13, 2017

There is a lot of good performance throughout the festival. This is the Latin part.

Nosotros Festival

Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center on Thursday, July 27 at 7pm.

This is the “Us” Festival. It captures a variety of perspectives on who we are as multicultural Americans in English, Spanish, Spanglish and the language of music and the body. These artists all have interesting personas as well.

We are proud to be American (and a range of other things too). We are processing our American-ness through our Latin-ness. Even though that is hard to digest sometimes, I don’t think any of us would have it any other way.

Hurray for the Riff Raff

Led by Bronx-born New York Puerto Rican singer Alynda Segarra, Hurray for the Riff Raff released their latest album The Navigator last December.

It’s kind of downbeat American Folk-Rock with occasional Latin tinges that speaks of alienation and the struggle to fit in. Latin or Anglo? Whichever you decide, it seems like someone will immediately contradict you.


Las Cafeteras

This Chicano band from East LA mixes Son Jarocho, a regional folk music of Veracruz on the Mexican Caribbean, with a little of everything. That makes them All-American, doesn’t it?

It’s an unusual take. Mexico had African slaves, but they were mostly absorbed into the general population. Today African

They take a very light-hearted perspective to the very serious issue of being perceived as an outsider inside your own country.  Las Cafeteras is easy to relate to and lots of fun.


Helado Negro

This is Electro-Pop performance art concept created by an Ecuadorian-American singer from Miami now in Brooklyn. Roberto Carlos Lange is something of a Latin Bowie.


Xenia Rubinos

The Cuban-Puerto Rican Brooklynite goes all over the place from Experimental Rock to R&B to Punk to Latin.


Felipe Luciano

This Afro-Puerto Rican from East Harlem was one of the co-founders and Chairman of the Young Lords, a Puerto Rican-American community movement of the 1970s. He used his word skills to become an award-winning journalist.


La Bruja


Bonafide Rojas

This Puerto Rican New Yorker from the Bronx came up through Afrika Bambaataa’s Zulu Nation in the late 1970s. That puts him at the birth of Hip-Hop.


La Casita

Hearst Plaza in Lincoln Center
Saturday, August 5 at 12 noon.

This is an afternoon of poetry, music, and stories from artists at the forefront of preserving and extending LGBTQ, women’s, civil, immigrant, and human rights. It is curated by Caribbean Cultural Center Director Melody Capote.

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

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

MC: Baba Israel

La Casita Pregones

Teatro Pregones
Sunday, August 6 at 2:30pm

We do it again in the Bronx. “Pregones” are street-vendor songs. They are old-school shout-outs.

Caribbean Cultural Center: Talking Drums

Damrosch Park in Lincoln Center
Sunday, August 6 at 7pm

Poet Staceyann Chin hosts drum groups from Caribbean, Japanese, African, and Native American musical traditions. In our own unique ways, we are all doing pretty much the same thing around the world. That’s humanity.

The drummers are: Baba Clarke, Grupo Agoluna, Legacy Women, Los Pleneros de la 21, SilverCloud Singers, Soh Daiko, and Something Positive

Spanish Harlem Orchestra & Edmar Castaneda

Wednesday, August 9 at 7:30pm

The Spanish Harlem Orchestra led by Oscar Hernández is a two-time Grammy Award winning hard Salsa big band. We are going to dance.


Colombian Edmar Castaneda (Castañeda) opens the evening. He is the Chick Corea of the Andean harp. Castaneda’s ten fingers release a chorus of angels from his harp.


Natalia Lafourcade & Vagabon

Damrosch Park in Lincoln Center
Friday, August 11 at 7:30 pm

Lafourcade is a Mexican star of the Latin Alternative (Rock en Español) scene.


Vagabon opens the evening with indie Rock by Cameroon-born New Yorker Lætitia Tamko.

Traveller, Flaco Jiménez & Amanda Shires

Hearst Plaza in Lincoln Center
Saturday, August 12 at 2:00 pm

Six-time Grammy-winning accordionist Flaco Jiménez is an old-timer who plays lively Tejano music. You may have heard of the Texas Tornados.

Shows are free, but go early because they are packed.

For more information, visit www.lincolncenter.org/out-of-doors

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