Entries tagged with: Lincoln Center Out of Doors
On August 5 at Damrosch Park Badnshell, electric guitar quartet Dither joined by Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo and Yo La Tengo, and then by Bang on a Can All-Stars' Mark Stewart for Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint, with experimental duo Matmos opening. Then two days later at Hearst Plaza (8/7) there's a Denitia & Sene show, and the next night (8/8) at Damrosch Park Bandshell Watkins Family Hour will perform Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisted in full. Watkins Family Hour features Sean & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, as well as Fiona Apple, Don Heffington, Sebastian Steinberg and special guests. Justin Townes Earle opens that show.
There's also ex-Kraftwerk member Wolfgang Flür performing under his MusikSoldat moniker on July 23 at Damrosch Park Bandshell as a special guest with Botsich + Fussible, whose album Motel Baja he appears on. Country veteran Lyle Lovett plays Damrosch Park Bandshell on August 9, Randy Newman plays there on July 25, and Afropunk presents a showcase there on July 31 with Vintage Trouble, Lion Babe, The Skins and a screening of The Triptych: Wangechi Mutu. Later that same night, Rocky Horror Picture Show screens "silent" (audience will hear the sound via wireless headphones) at the same venue.
For more info on these free, all ages shows, head to the festival's website. Full schedule below...
Old 97's at Webster Hall - 6/3/14 (via @bob_perst)
Alt-country vets Old 97's recently wrapped up a tour with Lydia Loveless that hit NYC's Webster Hall earlier this month (anyone go? how was it?), and the band have already announced more dates including three new NYC shows. They'll do a 2-night stand at the more intimate (than Webster) Brooklyn Bowl on August 6 & 7. Tickets for those shows are on sale now. Then, two days later they'll appear at the previously-announced Lincoln Center Out of Doors show at Hearst Plaza (8/9) with The Devil Makes Three. That's an afternoon show, starting at 1:30 PM, and like all Out Of Doors shows, its free.
All dates are listed, with a video from the Webster Hall show, below...
The 2014 season of Lincoln Center's free Out of Doors festival happens over three weeks this summer, from July 20 - August 10 at various outdoor venues in and around Lincoln Center. Highlights this year include a memorial concert for Pete and Toshi Seeger with The Chapin Sisters, Peter Yarrow, Dar Williams and more; a collaboration between José González and yMusic; the first performance in 40 Years of Larry Harlow's Hommy: A Latin Opera; the world premiere of The Campbell Brothers' A Sacred Steel Love Supreme celebrating the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme; Chicago contemporary music sextet eighth blackbird premiering new works by Bryce Dessner and Andy Akiho; plus Toshi Reagan, Roberta Flack, The Negro Problem, and more.
Lincoln Center Out of Doors also contains a few mini-fests within it this year. The all-day globalFEST happens on July 27 featuring M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, Bombay Royale, Pupy y Los Que Son Son, Charanjit Singh and lots more.
The final week (August 6 - 10) will be Americanafest NYC, featuring concerts by Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Cassandra Wilson, Rosanne Cash, Charles Bradley, The Lone Bellow and more.
For details on all the events at this year's Lincoln Center Out of Door festival, visit their website. All shows are free, all ages, and open to the public. Full 2014 schedule below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Amanda Palmer @ Damrosch Park, 8/9/2013
Lincoln Center Out of Doors just wrapped up its 2013 season and amongst its final performances this weekend was Amanda Palmer at Damrosch Park Bandshell on Friday night (8/9). The show was also part of NYC's Steampunk Weekend which was celebrating its 10th anniversary, and featured Rosin Coven, the Hungry March Band, circus performers and more. (The HMB came straight from another Steampunk Weekend event happening at nearby Josie Robertson Plaza the same night.) It was also a mini Dresden Dolls reunion, as drummer Brian Viglione came out for "Missed Me," after which Amanda sang "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from the middle of the crowd.
More pictures from the whole evening are below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Jherek Bischoff & Kronos Quartet @ LC Out of Doors Fest 7/27/2013
The rain kept crowds away, but the band played on for Sunday's finale (7/28) of the five-day "Kronos at 40" celebration as part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival. It was the final night and undoubtedly the most indie rock friendly event of Kronos Quartet's run, as it featured a tribute to Pixies' Surfer Rosa (which turned 25 this year) with help from the Asphalt Orchestra; plus collaborations with Dan Deacon, Jherek Bischoff, "atheist gospel trombone choir" The Heavens, and more. In addition to Surfer Rosa, they performed works by Bryce Dessner, Amon Toubin and Clint Mansell, and encored with one of their first forays into the pop world -- their tribute to Jimi Hendrix. Pictures from the whole show are in this post.
Pictures from the first night of Kronos at 40 are here. More from last night below.
photos by David Andrako
'Red Hot & Fela' @ Damrosch Park, 7/24/2013
Kronos Quartet isn't exactly the first thing that comes to mind when the Nigerian bandleader Fela Anikulapo Kuti is mentioned. Afrobeat, funk, protest, defiance and dancing are a lot closer to the top of the list. Afrobeat, the style Fela (who died in 1997) forged from James Brown's funk, 1960s jazz, African drumming and finger-pointing lyrics about exploitation and corruption, was music for dancing all night in steamy clubs; it was far from the realm of the string quartet. So "Red Hot + Fela," at Damrosch Park on Wednesday night, made an unlikely starting point for Kronos at 40, five days of free concerts at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival celebrating the determined eclecticism of the Kronos Quartet over four decades. - [NY Times]The Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival kicked off Wednesday night (7/24) with the first installment of Kronos at 40, a tribute to Fela Kuti featuring Superhuman Happiness, Mickey Hart, Sinkane, Alex Toth, Fela's drummer and afrobeat legend Tony Allen and more. Pictures from Red Hot + Fela Live are in this post.
Lincoln Center Out of Doors and Kronos at 40 continues tonight (7/26) with "Romance of the Iron Bow" at Hearst Plaza (6 PM); Magda Giannikou performs at Josie Robertson Plaza (7 PM); and Kronos Quartet with special guests Magda Giannikou and Vân-Ánh Võ, as well as The Gloaming (which features Thomas Bartlet aka Doveman) are at Damrosch Park Bandshell (7:30 PM).
Lincoln Center Out of Doors runs through August 11. More pictures from Red Hot + Fela Live and its complete setlist, below.
Kronos Quartet / Superhuman Happiness
The free 2013 Lincoln Center Out of Doors season is beginning at Damrosch Park this Wednesday (7/24) with "KRONOS at 40," a "festival within a festival" that includes the Kronos Quartet performing a number of works with many different special guests. The first show in the series is Red Hot + FELA LIVE!, a concert in honor of Fela Kuti that also features Tony Allen and Superhuman Happiness with
Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio), Kyp Malone (TVOTR), Sinkane, Baloji, Abena Koomson, Sahr Nguajah, and Kalmia Traver (Rubblebucket). At this show, Superhuman Happiness will be premiering their score to How to Survive a Plague.
UPDATE: Both TVOTR members actually dropped off a while ago, but Bajah, M1 (of Dead Prez), and Alex Toth (of Rubblebucket) have since been added to the lineup. To be more exact it now looks like this:
Damrosch Park Bandshell
Red Hot + FELA LIVE! (World premiere)
featuring Tony Allen and Superhuman Happiness
with Baloji, Abena Koomson, Kronos Quartet, M1 (of dead prez), Sahr Ngaujah,
Sinkane, and Alex Toth and Kalmia Traver (of Rubblebucket)
Musical Director: Stuart Bogie
Red Hot + FELA LIVE! is produced with Anthony Demby and Paul Heck for the Red Hot Organization.
Superhuman Happiness: Music from How to Survive a Plague (World premiere concert version)
Composed by Luke O'Malley and Stuart Bogie
Also at that show, Lincoln Center will be launching their new video portal, which will stream Lincoln Center events live online, in addition to interviews, bonus performance content, and more. The shows will stream directly through LincolnCenter.org/watch, and Wednesday's Red Hot + FELA LIVE! show will also be streaming right here on BrooklynVegan. Join us and use the hashtag #LCStream if you're tweeting while you're watching.
Check out the full lineup for this year's free Lincoln Center Out of Doors series for more shows and information
Jherek Bischoff w/ Amanda Palmer at T5 on NYE (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Amanda Palmer/Parenthetical Girls collaborator Jherek Bischoff released a guest-filled solo album, Composed, back in 2012, and one of its tracks, "Eyes," which features David Byrne was recently given video treatment. You can check out the new clip for the song below.
As previously discussed, Jherek will be taking part in this summer's Lincoln Center Out of Doors season, during which he and Dan Deacon will join the Kronos Quartet on July 28 for a performance at Damrosch Park Bandshell. Jherek and Dan will both be making world premieres of new pieces, and Kronos Quartet will also be performing works by Amon Tobin, Bryce Dessner, and more. Also at that show, the Asphalt Orchestra will make the world premiere of their performance of The Pixies' Surfer Rosa. That show is totally free and begins at 6:30 PM.
A few days later, he'll play his own NYC show at Le Poisson Rouge on July 31 with Jen Goma (of People Get Ready) and Contemporaneous Ensemble. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with the new video, below...
Nick Lowe @ La Zona Rosa in Austin, 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
As mentioned, Nick Lowe is playing the free Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival on August 10. Turns out that show is near the start of an East Coast tour for "Basher" that kicks off in Philly on August 8 for a stop at World Cafe Live and also includes a stop in Long Island at YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts on August 9. Tickets are not on sale for that one yet.
Most shows on the tour (not Lincoln Center, though) are with Nick's Yep Roc labelmate Kim Richey. All dates are listed below.
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.
Zeus at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
In case you need a last-minute excuse to get out of town, and you're not going to the sold out Lollapalooza in Chicago, single day tickets are still on sale for the amazing-looking Osheaga Festival in Montreal this weekend. The Canadian festival lineup includes names like The Black Angels, M83, Sigur Ros, Feist, Garbage, SBTRKT, The Shins, Justice, Polica, The Walkmen, A$AP Rocky, Florence & the Machine, Austra, The Weeknd, and even Passion Pit who cancelled most other upcoming dates (but who are also playing Lollapalooza).
The Montreal festival will also feature sets by German techno composers Brandt Brauer Frick and Canada Arts & Crafts band Zeus. And though Zeus and BBF don't have much in common musically, they are both now spending a couple of pre-fest days in NYC, starting with shows tonight (Thursday, 8/2).
As previously mentioned, "Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble" will make their U.S. debut as part of Lincoln Center Out Of Doors tonight. "Strings, horns, and piano go techno with the help of a Moog synthesizer in the alchemic reactions of Germany's electro-orchestra, the Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble, in their first U.S. show." The free show also includes "On Sacred Ground: Stravinsky's Rite of Spring arranged and performed by The Bad Plus."
"Brandt Brauer Frick Trio" play Santos on Friday with Ef Es VII / 2. Tickets are still on sale.
Zeus meanwhile play the Rock Shop in Brooklyn tonight (8/2) with Robbers on High Street, and then play again at Mercury Lounge on Friday (8/3) with ARMS. Tickets for the Rock Shop show and the Mercury Lounge show are on sale now. The shows are part of a tour which brings them back to Canada to play Osheaga by Sunday. All dates are listed below.
Not surprisngly, Arts & Crafts are well represented at their country's music festival, and in honor of that they're giving away a prize pack of CDs on Facebook. Those CDs include Zeus, Feist, Dan Mangan, and Bloc Party who are signed to Arts & Crafts in Canada. Frenchkiss Records is putting out the new Bloc Party record in the US where Bloc Party visit after Osheaga for three sold out shows at Terminal 5 with The Drums. One of those shows, the 8/8 one, will stream live on Bowery Presents' Youtube channel. We have a pair of tickets to give away for the 8/9 show. Details, the trailer video for the stream, a new Bloc Party song and more tour dates, some with Ceremony, below...
ANNOUNCING LINCOLN CENTER OUT OF DOORS 42nd SEASONThat summary with highlights comes directly from Lincoln Center who also just posted the entire 2012 Lincoln Center Out of Doors schedule at their site.
JULY 25-AUGUST 12, 2012
100 FREE PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS ACROSS THE PLAZAS OF LINCOLN CENTER
17 World, US and NY Debuts, Premieres and Commissions, Including:
* Phil Kline's dreamcitynine - festival-long GPS-based audio app installation plus live performance
* Art meets sport this Olympics summer with Kimmo Pohjonen's Accordion Wrestling
dance theater piece featuring the accordion experimentalist and ten Finnish wrestlers
Los Irreales de Ondatrópica - Quantic and Frente Cumbiero lead an intergenerational all-star gathering of Colombian musicians
* Celebrated Turkish psych-folk icon, singer Selda Bagcan, highlights Istanbulive
* The Bad Plus: On Sacred Ground - Re-envisioning Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring
* Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble - German minimal techno group's chamber orchestra
* Polyglot Theatre's Tangle - site-specific, audience-created installation and kids' "play space"
Marking the 40th Anniversary of "Soul and the Center," Lincoln Center's Landmark Festival of African-American Artists
With: * Black Rock Coalition's Pardon Our Analysis
Nile Rodgers * Lenny Williams * Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company * Otis Clay * Aloe Blacc
* Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls All-Stars * Swamp Dogg
Celebrating The Music That Shaped the Culture:
Laura Nyro, Frisner Augustin, Tite Curet Alonso, Gil Scott-Heron, Sister Songwriters, Irish American Songbook
The Relatives @ Damrosch Park Bandshell
As any hard-living soul singer and Rebecca Black can tell you, after Saturday Night comes Sunday morning. Following the all-day Girl Group Extravaganza at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, it was time to take in some Family Day programming and Goin' to Church music. The afternoon program in Hearst Plaza on July 30th featured the Stax Music Academy and Vy Higgensen's Gospel for Teens choir. The Stax Academy tore through complex Jackson 5 songs and Stax-era staples, teaching the audience to dance the 'Funky Chicken' with delight. As for the Gospel For Teens Choir, you'll just have to check out the pics(below) to believe it. Family day did not equal 'kiddie music' by any means. Both the Stax and GFT groups displayed mature artistry via talent and determination.
The evening program featured recently rediscovered psych-funk gospel group The Relatives (who were a highlight of last year's Ponderosa Stomp) and headliner Mavis Staples who performed, one day after she appeared at Newport Folk Fest, a lengthy and thoroughly satisfying set which included a cover of Curtis Mayfield's 'This Is My Country'. Amen.
More pictures from Lincoln Center Out of Doors Sunday (day and night), below...
On Saturday (7/30), Lincoln Center Out of Doors in partnership with the Ponderosa Stomp, put on a remarkable day of music and music history under the name of "She's Got The Power, a Girl Group Extravaganza." Within its 10 (free) hours, the event included a 3-part, 4-hour panel of "Girl Talk" that presented Lesley Gore, members of the Angels and the Exciters, Seymour Stein (co-founder of Sire Records) and many studio musicians who worked closely with (r'n'r hall of famer) Ellie Greenwich.
The concert was organized into 3 parts covering 5 hours. First was a revue of girl group singers. Arlene Smith, of the Chantels, performed magnificently from her motorized wheelchair, commanding the stage by zipping back and forth. Then there were extended sets from headliners La La Brooks of the Crystals, Lesley Gore and Ronnie Spector (the Ronettes), and finally a tribute by the evening's artists to girl-group-godmother Ellie Greenwich.
This was not your father's PBS Doo-Wop special. Although the passing of Amy Winehouse was noted by Ronnie Spector, who performed part of 'Back to Black', it was more of a (tragic) footnote to the larger spirit of survival, brilliance, toughness and female chutzpah on parade. Many performers commented both publicly and privately that the spirit of Ellie Greenwich was the guiding force of the day. As stellar performance after performance dredged up tingly globs of our collective memory, the realization grew of just how much we owe to these artists, producers and songwriters who had just as much influence on the Beatles, Stones and other British Invasion bands as did the blues.
More about the show with lots of pictures, below...
"numb fingertips from the guitar playing last night. .. worth it coz I get to tell people I played Lincoln Center with Billy Bragg!!" - Marsha Burnett
Billy Bragg at Lincoln Center (via Ian Jane)
Billy Bragg kicked off the FREE Lincoln Center Out Of Doors 2011 season on Wednesday (7/27) with his "Big Busk". He invited people to play and sing along to the songs, many of which were covers. I pictured it more like a parade, but he basically just played from the stage. Some in the audience had guitars. Ian Jane writes:
Bragg launched into a cover of Johnny Cash's I Walk The Line... not the greatest starting point and probably the worst song of his set. From there he covered The Monkees, Smokey Robinson, Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Marley, The Weight, and most puzzlingly, Cee-Lo Green (turning 'Fuck You' into 'Forget You' as there were kids in the audience). As far as material from his own catalogue, the only tracks we got were Power In A Union (itself a cover of sorts but one of Bragg's most powerful songs) and New England (the only track that really seemed to have everyone in the crowd singing along). He came out for a quick encore and did a rock solid cover of Kristofferson's Me And Bobby McGee before finishing the night.Check out a video of Billy Bragg covering The Band's "The Weight" below.
Lincoln Center Out of Doors continues with free outdoor shows through August 14. On Saturday (7/30), Ponderosa Stomp: A Girl Group Extravaganza will take place at Damrosch Park Bandshell with performances by members of girl groups including The Crystals, The Chantels, The Jaynetts, The Angels, and others. On Sunday (7/31), Mavis Staples performs at Damrosch Park with The Relatives who will be making their NYC debut. Blitz the Ambassador plays Damrosch Park on August 7 with Spoek Mathambo and Iyadede. Laurie Anderson and Friends play Damrosch Park on August 10 with many guests including Caleb Burhans, Conrad Harris, Yuki Numata, and others. Bettye Lavette, Ellis Hooks, and Dylan LeBlanc play Damrosch Park on August 14. Many other events will be occurring throughout the series too. Full schedule HERE (and below).
Billy Bragg plays his last of three City Winery shows tonight (7/29). That show is sold out. Video and Out of Doors schedule below...
On Wednesday, Richard Robbins will take his two daughters, Ava, who is 5 years old, and Ella, who is 3, to the Damrosch Park Bandshell, where they will join the British singer-songwriter Billy Bragg and an anticipated crowd of 5,000 in a giant sing-along. It's called the Big Busk, and if Mr. Robbins gets his wish, one of the 10 or so tunes they'll all perform will be "Paradise City," by 1980s hard-rockers Guns N' Roses.Billy will also be playing three shows at City Winery while he's in NYC. All three are now sold out though City Winery's site says "More tickets have become available. Please call 212-608-0555 Ext 472."
"Where better than Lincoln Center for Billy to release his inner Axl Rose?" asked Mr. Robbins, a 42-year-old digital strategist for a Manhattan public relations firm. The song isn't the most obvious that one would associate with Mr. Bragg, a post-punk folkie known for his activist political stances. It just happens to have a chorus that Mr. Robbins's little girls love to sing. And that's the whole idea.
To busk is to play music on the street or subway, likely with an instrument case laid open so passersby can toss money in appreciation. Mr. Bragg, who is 53 years old, supersized the venerable troubadour tradition in 2007 when he staged the first Big Busk at the reopening of the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre in London. It's become a biannual tradition there, with audiences invited to bring acoustic guitars or other instruments, or simply join in the chorus, as Mr. Bragg and his band play familiar songs limited to four or fewer simple chords.
On Wednesday, Lincoln Center will launch the summer season of its Out of Doors series with an American edition of the hootenanny in Damrosch Park.
If on you're way out of the subway in late July you happen to notice a busker that looks a helluva lot like Billy Bragg surrounded by an army of other guitar-weilding maniacs, don't be alarmed. The spectacle is just the opening act for the two+ week Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, which will feature shows with Mavis Staples (as discussed), "Laurie Anderson and Friends", Bettye LaVette, a girl-group heavy Ponderosa Stomp, the 28th Annual Roots of American Music Festival, The Bar-Kays, and many, many others at the Damrosch Park Bandshell and other Manhattan locations from July 27th until its close on August 14th. The full schedule is below.
Billy Bragg leading The Big Busk in the UK
The Big Busk is the first performance scheduled (and it happens twice on July 27th), and will see Bragg leading a play-along concert flanked by an army of cue-cards detailing what chords he is playing. Check out a video from a 2008 'Big Busk' that took place in England, below.
Billy Bragg will also make up his cancelled dates from earlier this year around that 7/27 appearance. He'll play City Winery in NYC on 7/26 (tickets), 7/28 (tickets) and 7/29 (tickets).
All Lincoln Center festival dates and lineups, and all Billy Bragg tour dates are below.
Mavis Staples @ the Bell House in January (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
"Mavis Staples has no doubt about why the good Lord put her on this Earth.Mavis Staples is keeping busy. Currently on tour in Australia with the Blind Boys of Alabama (featuring Aaron Neville), she will perform at many festivals and special events betweeen now and the end of July. That includes the Doheny Blues Festival in Dana Point, CA (May 22), Jacksonville Jazz Festival in Jacksonville, FL (May 29), Mountain Jam in Hunter, NY (June 4, one day after she plays with Levon Helm at his Midnight Ramble), Bonnaroo (June 12), Essence Music Festival in New Orleans (July 1), North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam (July 10), Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island (July 30), Lincoln Center Out of Doors in NYC (a free show on July 31st), and many more which are listed, along with a couple of clips from a recent CBS News interview, below...
"I was put here to sing," she said. "I was put here to spread the word. To bring ya'll a message. To inspire you. To motivate you. You know, that's what Mavis is about. That's my life."" [CBS News]
photos by Marcus Lauer
Mucca Pazza, going nutza @ Knitting Factory
Mucca Pazza, the opening act [at Lincoln Center], was entertaining in a novelty way: competent, fun, funny and fully entertaining. Their geeky routine consisted of knowledgeably eclectic musicians wearing high-school band uniforms, playing music and jumping about the stage accompanied by four cheerleaders. If a category had to be assigned them, perhaps it would be Om-Pa-Pa-Klezmer. [Queer New York]Big Band bombast from Chicago's Mucca Pazza was in effect at Knitting Factory on August 6th , as the band headlined the space with an assist from from LES's Stumblebum Brass Band, and Starring. Belated pictures and video from that show are below.
If you missed the brassy madness, Mucca Pazza (who also played Lincoln Center Out of Doors while they were here) will do small strings of dates in September and October, eventually landing at Wellmont on 10/9 where they will support Primus. Meanwhile, Stumblebum Brass band are scheduled to play NYC TONIGHT as part of "The Underclass Revue" with Brownbird Rudy Relic, Orb Mellon, and Low Society at Bowery Electric. The gig is one of three upcoming gigs for the local band. They will also play Sept 11th at Rockwood Music Hall and Oct 6th at Otto's Shrunken Head.
More pictures from Knitting Factory below...
photos by Benjamin Lozovsky, words by Andrew Frisicano
Before the headlining Neu! & Hermeto Pascoal shows, Asphalt Orchestra marched across Lincoln Center's network of plazas to perform a half-hour set of music, ending in Damrosch Park. Earlier that week the group debuted a new piece by David Byrne and Annie Clark (St. Vincent) titled "Two Ships," and they included that song in their set Friday night.
More pictures and a video of that tune is below....
by Andrew Frisicano
St. Vincent @ Pitchfork Fest in Chicago (more by Kate Gardiner)
David Byrne and Annie Clark are collaborating on music for a future Housing Works benefit. There's no date set for that, but Asphalt Orchestra will be debuting a version of one of the songs they've been working on...
A few months ago we had [Here Lies Love arranger] Tony Finno arrange the horns, and we performed one of the songs -- tentatively titled "Who" -- at the end of Annie's show at the Rose Room at Lincoln Center. Now, having been approached by the Bang On a Can spinoff Asphalt Orchestra, with the help of [Asphalt saxist/producer] Ken Thomson we've adapted another song called either "Two Ships" or "The Movie" for their group. This will be an instrumental version and we'll do a vocal version later. [David Byrne]Asphalt will perform that song on Wednesday, August 4th, at the first of five free shows the avant-marching band is doing around the Lincoln Center as part of LC's Out of Doors Festival. Locations and times for the band are below.
In addition to that piece, they'll be debuting a commission by Yoko Ono; other songs in the group's repertoire include commissions by Tyondai Braxton of Battles and Stew & Heid Rodewald of Passing Strange and BAM Next Wave 2010. The 12-piece will release a seven-track CD of its material on August 3rd through Canatloupe Music. That includes a blisteringly dissonant song by Swedish metal band Meshuggah and an intricately-arranged version of Bjork's "Hyper-Ballad." There are a few more typical "ra-ra" maching band songs on the album too (Zappa in particular is already quite melodic and pompy), but the band focuses on getting unusual sounds out of the limited instrumentation. Live, they move in unique coordinated patterns, so the experience is individualized to the space and where you stand.
As an aside, this Saturday at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival is going to be particularly amazing, with the "Detroit Breakdown" lineup of Mitch Ryder, ? and the Mysterians, The Gories, Death and more.
St. Vincent has her own free show this weekend, at the Central Park SummerStage Sunday (8/1) afternoon, with openers Tune-Yards and Basia Bulat.
A video of Asphalt Orchestra doing that Meshuggah song on WNYC, and their schedule, plus a video of Annie doing a nylon-string version of "Actor Out of Work," are below...
The Gories, Amsterdam May 1992 Photo by Willem Kolvoort
The emergence of The Gories heralded a new Golden Age of Detroit rock beginning in the late '80s; a renaissance of noise and rustbelt rock which lasts through to today. Formed in 1986 by three Detroit natives, none of whom previously knew how to play an instrument -- Mick Collins, Margaret Ann O'Neill (Peg), and Dan Kroha -- they took their name from a band of the same name which appeared in the "Gidget" series of the late '50s/early '60s. Comprised of two guitarists and a drummer (i.e. no bass), the Gories concocted a primal, raw yet soulful blend of garage punk, culling a wealth of inspiration and cover material from Bo Diddley, Howlin' Wolf, and John Lee Hooker. The three-piece also paid homage to the Keggs and Nick and the Jaguars, two other bass-less bands from Detroit.The Gories reunited last year for a tour that included shows in their native Detroit, Memphis, and Europe with the also-reunited Oblivians. They'll hit the road this summer for a string of dates including three NYC-area shows: July 29th at Maxwell's (tickets on sale Friday at noon, ), July 30th at Bowery Ballroom (tickets on AMEX presale NOW, general sale Friday at noon) and July 31st "Outdoors at The Lincoln Center".
Since the demise of the Gories, Mick Collins has continued to perform in Blacktop, King Sound Quartet, the Screws, the Dirtbombs, and has contributed to Andre Williams' Silky and The Black Godfather and Speedball Baby's Uptight. Dan Kroha spent some time in Rocket 455, but is primarily known for being one third of another Detroit bass-free rock band, the Demolition Doll Rods. Peg O'Neill recorded a few tracks with '68 Comeback and is in the Darkest Hours from New Orleans. -[allmusic]
One of their non-NYC dates is the Ottowa Blues Festival which, over twelve days, will feature a star studded lineup of bands including Arcade Fire, Bear in Heaven, Rush, Iron Maiden, The Flaming Lips, Blonde Redhead, Weezer, Jimmy Cliff, The Swell Season, Passion Pit, Metric, Hole, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, and many others across multiple venues. For more details, check out the Ottowa Blues Festival site.
Full Gories tour dates and some videos are below...
In addition to Lincoln Center's 2010 Midsummer Night Swing which runs from June 29th to July 17th, the schedule for this year's Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival (July 28th-August 15th) has been set, and in it there's a wealth of worthy, free music.
One of the centerpieces is an all-day Ponderosa Stomp-presented lineup on Saturday, July 31st. That's split up into an afternoon show at the Hearst Plaza Stage, and a night show at Damrosch Park Bandshell, and includes music from "sixties garage icons Mitch Ryder and ? and the Mysterians, iconoclastic rockers The Gories and Death (who recently played Europa), nomadic bluesman Eddie Kirkland, stirring soul singers Melvin Davis and Spyder Turner, Motown hitmakers The Velvelettes and Dennis Coffey and R&B all stars The Party Stompers."
The July 31st shows are part of the two-day 27th Annual Roots Of American Music series that also includes a show on Sunday, August 1st with Asylum Street Spankers , Los Straitjackets, David Johansen, and Melvin Van Peebles performing a one-act version of Hamlet adapted by Shel Silverstein.
Also on the schedule are Balkan Beat Box, Kronos Quartet with Gamelan Galak Tika, and multiple appearances by Asphalt Orchestra, which debuted last year. August 4th has Robert Glasper Experiment with special guests Q-Tip and Bilal (who also plays a free show at Metrotech this summer). There's actually too much to list up here right now (Juana Molina, Tom Verlaine...) The full lineup is below...
If you showed up to Metrotech at noon today, you probably noticed that Rokia Traoré wasn't there. In fact, her entire U.S. tour was cancelled this time around. Zap Mama played the free afternoon show today instead, and Meshell Ndegeocello takes her place at Friday night's free Lincoln Center Out of Doors show (8/7).
Award winning performer Tanya Tagaq will embark on her first U.S. solo tour in August to showcase her unique style of Inuit throat singing....The Nunavut-born singer has gained notoriety through partnering with the world's most groundbreaking artists, including a successful 2008 tour that she co-wrote and performed with the Kronos Quartet, aptly titled "Nunavut." She also worked with the multi-talented Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle) and her latest record Auk/Blood was released through his label Ipecac Recordings (Sept. 2008). Icelandic visionary Björk took an interest early on to Tanya and brought her on her Vespertine tour in 2005. [On her solo dates] Tanya will be performing alongside SF-based drummer Scott Amendola and Vancouver violinist Jesse Zubot.In NYC, Tanya Tagaq will be appearing on Wednesday, August 19th at Lincoln Center's Out Of Doors Festival at the Damrosch Park Bandshell. She'll also be playing the next day (August 20th) at the National Museum Of The American Indian Pavilion (near Battery Park).
Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Festival kicked off last night (8/5). Full schedule at their site. All events are free.
Check out a bunch of videos of Tanya, and all tour dates, below...