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free 2013 Lincoln Center Out of Doors fest (“Kronos at 40,” Amanda Palmer, Nick Lowe, My Brightest Diamond & more)

My Brightest Diamond @ Bowery Ballroom, Feb. 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)

The 2013 season of Lincoln Center’s free Out of Doors festival happens from July 24 to August 11 at various outdoor venues in and around Lincoln Center. The centerpiece of this year’s season is “KRONOS at 40″ which is being dubbed “a festival in a festival,” with 12 performances happening between July 24 – 28. is a series of events in collaboration with The Kronos Quartet. They include premieres and commissioned work by Kronos Quartet; Mark Dendy Dance & Theater Projects; Red, Hot + FELA LIVE!; Superhuman Happiness; Mariana Sadovska; Jherek Bischoff; Dan Deacon; Amon Tobin and performances by Asphalt Orchestra (performing The Pixies’ Surfer Rosa); My Brightest Diamond; Emily Wells; The Gloaming; Found Sound Nation; Dan Zanes; Ozomatli, and more.

Other highlights include Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra, Rubén Blades, Nick Lowe, Allan Toussaint, and Jason Isbell. You can read more at Lincoln Center Out of Doors’ website, and the full schedule is below.

Wed Jul 24 – Thu Jul 25 6:00 Hearst Plaza
Mark Dendy Dance & Theater Projects: Ritual Cyclical (world premiere)
The plaza will burst with elegant movement thanks to eighty dancers celebrating ADF’s 80th and Kronos’ 40th anniversaries.

Wed Jul 24 7:30 Damrosch Park Bandshell
Red Hot + FELA LIVE! (world premiere)
featuring Tony Allen and Superhuman Happiness with Tunde Adebimpe, Baloji, Abena Koomson, Kronos Quartet, Kyp Malone, Sahr Ngaujah, Sinkane and Kalmia Traver of Rubblebucket
Musical Director: Stuart Bogie

Superhuman Happiness: Music from How to Survive a Plague (world premiere)
A powerful all-star tribute to legendary Afrobeat pioneer, plus the concert premiere of music from the score of the Oscar-nominated film.

Thu Jul 25 7:30 Damrosch Park Bandshell
My Brightest Diamond
Emily Wells

Kronos Quartet with special guest Mariana Sadovska: Chernobyl.The Harvest (U.S. premiere)
Art song gets earthy and edgy, spotlighted by three distinctive women’s voices.

Fri Jul 26 – Sun Jul 28 11:30, 3:30, 4:30 Josie Robertson Plaza
Found Sound Nation
This mobile production team records audience members to turn spontaneous sonic expressions into catchy tracks for future download.

Fri Jul 26 6:00 Hearst Plaza
Chinese American Arts Council: Romance of the Iron Bow
An engaging rendition of a classic Chinese musical theater piece bursting with cheeky humor, riveting movement, and stunning costumes.

Fri Jul 26 7:00 Josie Robertson Plaza
Magda Giannikou
Popular Greek songs and vintage dance ditties roll out of a laterna, a traditional open-air instrument.

Fri Jul 26 7:30 Damrosch Park Bandshell
Kronos Quartet
with Magda Giannikou “Strophe in Antistrophe” (world premiere) and Vân-Ánh Võ (East Coast debut of collaboration with Kronos Quartet)

The Gloaming

The acclaimed string quartet focuses on global connections. The allstar Irish supergroup brings traditional music into the future.

Sat Jul 27 12:00 Hearst Plaza
Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Play Along Concert with Kronos Quartet and Craig Woodson

Face the Music’s Pannonia Quartet

Elena Moon Park & Friends: Rabbit Days & Dumplings
Asian folk songs for kids, DIY instruments, contemporary classical music, and graceful interpretations of vocal works by young performers.

Sat Jul 27 5:00 Damrosch Park Bandshell
Dan Zanes & Friends: Tribute to Lead Belly
Ozomatli’s family-friendly, high-energy, border-crossing off-shoot. The kids music superstar Zanes pays tribute to the folk-blues icon.

Sat Jul 27 8:00 Damrosch Park Bandshell
LA’s culture-mashing collective takes the stage for a hard-hitting set set of alt.Latin hip hop and rock, funk, salsa, cumbia, and more.

Sun Jul 28 6:00 Josie Robertson Plaza
Parades: Jacob Garchik’s The Heavens, Asphalt Orchestra
Simultaneous parades by Garchik’s “atheist trombone shout choir” and Bang on a Can’s iconoclastic mobile band.

Sun Jul 28 6:30 Damrosch Park Bandshell
Kronos Quartet
works by Amon Tobin (East Coast premiere), Dan Deacon (world premiere), Jherek Bischoff (world premiere), Yuri Boguinia (world premiere) Bryce Dessner, and more.

Special guest appearances by Jherek Bischoff and Dan Deacon

Asphalt Orchestra plays The Pixies: Surfer Rosa (world premiere)

Jacob Garchik’s The Heavens
Kronos premieres new works by electronic vanguardists. Asphalt rearranges an alt-rock classic. Garchik leads a trombone choir.

Mon Jul 29 6:30 Damrosch Park Bandshell
Scott Kettner: Maracatu de Baque Virado: A Living and Changing Tradition

Nation Beat’s leader gives a multi-media presentation on the unique history and contemporary expressions of Northeast Brazil’s maracatu.
Bruno Walter Auditorium

Wed Jul 31 6:30 Damrosch Park Bandshell
Festival au Désert –Caravan for Peace:
Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa (NY debut)

Imharhan (NY debut) / Tartit

Mamadou Kelly (NY debut)
Ensembles highlight the hypnotic sounds of Saharan desert blues, Tuareg trance and Moroccan grooves.

Thu Aug 1 6:00 Josie Robertson Plaza
A Tale of Two Nations: open rehearsal with Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante and Nation Beat
An open rehearsal with the powerful percussionists and dancers from the Northeastern Brazil carnival champions and their NY counterparts.

Thu Aug 1 7:30 Damrosch Park Bandshell
Kyle Abraham & Pavement

The Living Word Project: Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s Word Becomes Flesh
Two powerful hip-hop infused performance pieces grapple with issues of history, masculinity, and shifting identities.

Fri Aug 2 7:00 Damrosch Park Bandshell
A Tale of Two Nations: Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante and Nation Beat (U.S. premiere)

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles
A collaboration between Northeast Brazil’s leading carnival champions and their NY disciples with the legendary Mardi Gras Indians.

Sat Aug 3 12:00 Damrosch Park
La Casita
Afropop and Afro-Cuban drumming. MCs and edgy vocalists. Slam poets and traditional truth-tellers.

Sat Aug 3 7:30 Damrosch Park Bandshell
El Gusto (U.S. debut)

ZviDance: Dabke
El Gusto reunites Algeria’s top Muslim and Jewish musicians while ZviDance uses dance to highlight tribal and national identities.

Sun Aug 4 3:00 Teatro Pregones, The Bronx
La Casita
Afropop and Afro-Cuban drumming. MCs and edgy vocalists. Slam poets and traditional truth-tellers.

Sun Aug 4 1:00 Josie Robertson Plaza
Sounds of Korea, Sue Yeon Park, Artistic Direction; Ensemble Sinawi; New York Korean Traditional Marching Band
The Center for Traditional Music and dance spotlights the exquisite arts of Korea.

Sun Aug 4 7:00 Damrosch Park Bandshell
Sacred Drums
Rejoice in the beauty of a cross-cultural celebration presented with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute.

Wed Aug 7 7:30 Damrosch Park Bandshell
Rubén Blades
Salsa superstar and one of Latin music’s most revered trailblazers, spokespeople, and music makers.

Thu Aug 8 6:30 Josie Robertson Plaza
No BS! Brass Band
Sternum-rattling…hot, irrepressible blast of brass and canyon-like grooves.

Thu Aug 8 7:30 Damrosch Park Bandshell
Dance Heginbotham with the Raymond Scott Orchestrette (world premiere of Manhattan Research, plus Twin and throwaway)

Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9
An evening of technically rigorous and theatrical choreography along with a futuristc dive into the roots of New Orleans jazz.

Fri Aug 9 6:30 Josie Robertson Plaza
Vau de Vire Society

Hungry March Band
Edgy steam-punk underground circus accompanied by raucous brass anarchists celebrating Gemini & Scorpio’s tenth anniversary.

Fri Aug 9 7:30 Damrosch Park Bandshell
Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra

Rosin Coven
The sexy and brash rock goddess shares the bill with the Edwardian pagan lounge ensemble celebrating Gemini & Scorpio’s tenth anniversary.
Damrosch Park Bandshell

Sat Aug 10 1:30 Hearst Plaza
Hurray for the Riff Raff

Martha Redbone Roots Project

Trixie Whitley
Swamp pop, Native American mountain sounds, and a blend of vintage country and new soul.

Sat Aug 10 6:00 Damrosch Park Bandshell
Nick Lowe

The Crickets: The Farewell Show

Jason Isbell
A celebration of Americana with country crooners, rockabilly, Southern soul, and early rock ‘n’ roll.

Sun Aug 11 5:00 Damrosch Park Bandshell
Bobby Rush

Allen Toussaint

Brian and Eddie Holland, moderated by Harry Weinger

Como Mamas (NY Debut)
A soulful season closer filled with funky blues, intimate sets by New Orleans’ and Motown’s finest songwriters, and traditional gospel.

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