Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2019

Lincoln Center’s summer festival of FREE music, dance, film, word and more is Wednesday-Sunday, July 24 – August 11, 2019

Jesús Carmona: Amator Spanish flamenco at Lincoln Center

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
LINCOLN CENTER ~ This charismatic Spanish flamenco dance star of the new generation brings one of his more personal shows to New York. Arooj Aftab opens with Sufi rock.

The Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival is one of the highlights of summer in New York City. It’s very well curated. It’s outside. It’s free. You can take your entire family. You will see and hear things you don’t usually get to see on Lincoln Center stages.

Curators include the Caribbean Cultural Center, Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, and Claudia Norman Management (Mexico Now Festival). Some shows are at Pregones, a Puerto Rican community theater in The Bronx.

This 2019 season includes African, Cuban, Dominican, Indigenous, Jewish, Mexican, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, and Spanish culture. But almost every performance connects with the Latin world somehow, even those you might not expect. Indian music and Sri Lankan dance? South Asian culture is strong in Jamaica and Trinidad. The Roots of American Music? Well a lot of that comes from the music of Black folks in them thar hills.

All we ever wanted was to be allowed to join the party. Thank you Lincoln Center.

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

Previously at Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Grupo Rebolú is Afro-Colombian Caribbean dance music

Monday, October 28, 2019
WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn ~ The Colombians get everybody dancing at Brooklyn Bowl

‘Coco’, Disney’s Day of the Dead movie is at Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Thursday, July 25, 2019
LINCOLN CENTER ~ Mariachi Real de Mexico plays the main plaza, then La Santa Cecilia from Los Angeles performs before a screening in Spanish with English subtitles. 2018 Oscar & Golden Globe Best Animated Film

La Casita Sings the Poetry and Music of Our Communities

LINCOLN CENTER & PREGONES THEATER, Sat-Sun, Aug 4-5, 2018 ~ La Casita gives voice to the poetry and music of our communities

Selena for Sanctuary tributes the Mexican – American Tejano legend

Featuring Mon Laferte (Chilean), Cuco (Mexican – American), Gaby Moreno (Guatemalan) and Nina Diaz (Mexican – American), with guest appearances by Chris Perez (Selena’s husband), Omar Apollo (Mexican – American) and August Eve. DJ Riobamba (Ecuadorian – Lithuanian).
Lincoln Center Out of Doors
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center
Thursday, July 26, 2018

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

LINCOLN CENTER, Jul 25-Aug 12, 2018, Summer music festival with African, Colombian, Cuban, Ecuadorian, Mexican and Puerto Rican music, dance and word.

Edmar Castaneda is a Colombian Jazz virtuoso of the Andean Harp

With special guest Afro-Swiss harmonica virtuoso Gregoire Maret
LeFrak Concert Hall
Queens College
Flushing, Queens
Sunday, April 15, 2018

Thursday, July 26

Selena for Sanctuary

Latinx artists pay tribute to the queen of Tejano music.
Featuring Mon Laferte, Cuco, Nina Diza, Omar Apollo and August Eve

Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center
7:30 pm

Friday, July 27

Hal Willner’s Amarcord Nino Rota

Music from Federico Fellini movies.
New York City Premiere

Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center


Saturday, August 4

La Casita

Music and spoken-word tribute to everyday heroes.

Hearst Plaza, Lincoln Center
(Continues tomorrow at Pregones Theater)

Dance Theatre of Harlem

The company’s very good Puerto Rican and Brazilian dancers mark the company’s 50th anniversary.

Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center

Sunday, August 5

Made in NYC: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance

Featuring Andy Statman (Jewish Klezmer), Cherish the Ladies (Celtic music), Grupo Rebolu (Colombian Tropical music), and Sidiki Conde and Tokounou Dance Company (Guinea, West Africa)

Hearst Plaza, Lincoln Center

La Casita at Teatro Pregones

An afternoon of music and spoken word in the Bronx.

Poetry: Timothy DuWhite, el-Walad, Amanda Gorman, Randall Horton, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Fred Moten, José Olivarez, Purvi Shah, Danez Smith, and Frank Waln

Music: Bohio Music, Los Pleneros de la 21, Madison McFerrin, Soul Inscribed, and Ulali Project

MC: Falú

Pregones Theater in Concourse, The Bronx

Yoruba Remixed!

The sounds and vibes of the African Diaspora based on Yoruba culture of the Nigeria region. It’s the dominant African culture in the Americas.

Featuring PALO!, Philbert Armenteros y Los Herederos, Yuba Ire, Something Positive Dance Company, DJ Carlos Mena, and DJ Bembona

Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center


Friday, August 10

West Side Story Reimagined

Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band with poetry by La Bruja and Rich Villar play at 7:30 pm.

Leonard Bernstein played by Sanabria’s Latin Big Band.

West Side Story is a Romeo and Juliet story set in the rivalry between Puerto Rican and Polish gangs in the old neighborhood that was redeveloped as Lincoln Center. It’s amazing on Leonard Bernstein and lyricist Stephen Sondheim understood our communities. Many things that were first sung in 1957 are still true today.

“I like to be in America
Okay by me in America
Everything free in America
For a small fee in America.”

America from West Side Story


Most events are at Lincoln Center. Some are at Teatro Pregones in The Bronx and at Harlem Meer in Central Park.

Visiting Lincoln Center

Damrosch Park (LEFT) ~ Josie Robertson Plaza ~ (RIGHT) Hearst Plaza


(1) to 66th St – Lincoln Center

(1) or (A) (C) or (B) (D) to 59th St – Columbus Circle


M5, M7, M11, M66, M104 to Lincoln Center


Beneath Lincoln Center

Visiting Pregones Theater (Teatro Pregones)

571 Walton Ave, Bronx, NY 10451
(at 149th St)

It’s just across the 145th St Bridge from Manhattan, and near Hostos Community College.

Visiting Harlem Meer

Harlem Meer is the northeast corner of Central Park at the intersection of Fifth Ave and Central Park North (110th St). Kids like to fish in the Harlem Meer Lake.

The 2017 Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival is 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.


Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Lincoln Center Out of Doors July 22 – August 9, 2015

About Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Lincoln Center is New York City’s main performing arts center. Like New York City Center, NYC’s original performing arts center, Lincoln Center wants the arts to be accessible to everyone.

Maybe we can’t afford to take the entire family to the Metropolitan Opera, but we can take our entire extended family to Lincoln Center Out of Doors. A lot of the summer programming is designed for us with many events for families.

We salute Lincoln Center’s leadership for respecting New York City’s diversity. The immigrant experience is tough, but Lincoln Center really is for all of us. Thank you.

About Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2015

Highlights of Lincoln Center Out of Doors include:

    • Wednesday, July, 22 ~ Lincoln Center Out of Doors opens with a rare appearance by R&B studio band, the Muscle Shoals All-Star Band
    • Thu, July 23 ~ Mexican audio-visual group Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich + Fussible
    • Fri, July 24 ~ Guatemalan-American folk singer Gaby Moreno
    • Fri, July 24 ~ Bessie-winning dance company Dorrance Dance: The Blues Project with Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely
    • Sat, Jul 25 ~ National Dance Day 2015
    • SAT, JUL 25 at 7pm with Randy Newman, Wycliffe Gordon, & Lil Buck. Watch it live.
    • Wed, Jul 29 ~ Cuban-American band The Mavericks and Mexican-American band Orkesta Mendoza
    • Thu, Jul 30 ~ Brazilian bands Leitieres Leite & Orkestra Rumpilezz, Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits, and Forró in the Dark
    • Fri, Jul 31 ~ AFROPUNK ~ Vintage Trouble, Lion Babe, The Skins

, The Triptych documentary

  • Fri, Jul 31 ~ Experimental classical music by Chargaux
  • Thu, Aug 6 ~ the Latin sounds of We Like it Like That! A Boogaloo Celebration
  • Sat, Aug 1 ~ African-American poets in La Casita
  • Sat, Aug 1 ~ A Celebration of the Life of Geoffrey Holder about the great African-American Renaissance man
  • Sat, Aug 1 ~ A mix of Modern and Afro-Caribbean dance from Garth Fagan Dance, Carmen de Lavallade, and The Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble

SUN, AUG 2 Hearst Plaza 1pm ~ Heritage Sunday Opening Doors: Celebrating Immigrant New York ~ featuring Abdoulaye Diabaté and Super Manden (Malian), Boodoosingh Tassa Drummers (Trinidadian), Calpulli Mexican Dance Company (Mexican & Aztec), Csűrdöngölő Folk Ensemble (Hungarian), and Ikhlaq Hussain (Indian).

SUN, AUG 2 La Casita is at Pregones Theater PRTT 2:30pm in the Bronx (see separate article)

SUN, AUG 2 Damrosch Park 7pm ~ featuring Ache: Lavagem da Rua NY, Tatau (former lead singer of Araketu), Alexandre Cortes de Barros, a section of Baianas, members of the Afoxe of Filhas de Gandhy, drummers from Brazil, Something Positive from Trinidad, Legacy Circle from the Dominican Republic, Ashe Dance from Haiti, Amma McKen, and Grupo Oriefun from Cuba

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5 Experimental Rock & Roll featuring Dither with Lee Ranaldo, Yo La Tengo, & Mark Stewart ~ Matmos Damrosch Park 7:30pm

THURSDAY, AUGUST 6 We Like it Like That! A Boogaloo Celebration ~ Joe Bataan, Ray Lugo and the Boogaloo Destroyers with special guests Richie Ray and Pete Rodriguez ~ ABAKUÁ Afro-Latin Dance Company ~ DJ Turmix Damrosch Park 7pm. Free! ~ WATCH IT STREAMED LIVE ~

FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 denitia and sene. play soft electronic R&B in Hearst Plaza at 7pm. Free.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 The Fairfield Four and the McCrary Sisters sing the a cappella gospel roots of Rock and Rhythm and Blues in Damrosch Park at 7pm. Free!

SATURDAY, AUGUST 8 Kasey Chambers, Sam Outlaw, and The Quebe Sisters play classic country music at 2pm.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 8 the Watkins Family Hour house band is joined by Sean & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, special guest Fiona Apple and more. Justin Townes Earle.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 9 Singer-songwriter Iris DeMent is inspired by hymns, gospel, early folk music, and the Soviet poet Anna Akhmatova at Hearst Plaza Lincoln Center at 3pm.

The 2015 Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival closes with the Texan Lyle Lovett and his Large Band at Damrosch Park Lincoln Center at 7pm.

After exploring the many cultural influences that make us American, Lincoln Center Out of Doors closed the season with a weekend of the Annual Roots of American Music Americanafest NYC. After all of this season’s great performance, we see American folk music and dance differently than we did before. Some of it came from England, Ireland, and Scotland through the Country Dance. Some of it came from France and Germany through the Contredanse. But we don’t sound quite like England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, or France any more.

The big difference is the deep roots of our American music that come from Africa through the Blues. We all say, “this is our music” and it is, but whatever colors we put in our music the Blues is the one thing that unites us all.

Maybe at the end of the day it doesn’t matter. As Duke Ellington said, “It’s all music.”