by Bill Pearis

Bonnie Prince Billy at ATP NY 2011 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

Lincoln Center's acclaimed series American Songbook returns to the Allen Room (truly one of the most amazing concert settings in NYC) in January for its fifteenth season, which celebrates "the diversity of modern American song." The 2013 season kicks of January 30 with Lea Salonga and includes Bonnie "Prince" Billy on February 7, Sondre Lerche (who isn't American but lives in Brooklyn these days) on February 13, Mavis Staples on February 14, Tom Morello performing "The Nightwatchman" on February 16, Lost in the Trees on February 28, and more.

Additionally, there will be "six special concerts in the exceptionally intimate setting of the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, perched high above the Lincoln Center campus" beginning with Lindsay Mendez & Marco Paguia on March 29 and concluding with Ben Sollee on April 20.

Tickets to the American Songbook series go on sale November 13 but Friends of Lincoln Center can purchase starting Monday, November 5.

Full American Songbook line-up/schedule and a video of Ben Sollee playing "A Few Honest Words" at the Lincoln Memorial are below.


Ben Sollee - "A Few Honest Words" at the Lincoln Memorial

2013 American Songbook schedule


Lea Salonga
Wednesday, January 30 at 8:30

Valerie Simpson
Thursday, January 31 at 8:30

Karen Akers
Friday, February 1 at 7:30 and 9:30

Cécile McLorin Salvant
Saturday, February 2 at 8:30

Ring Them Bells! Rob Fisher Celebrates Kander & Ebb featuring Marin Mazzie & Jason Danieley with special guests Joel Grey & Chita Rivera
Wednesday, February 6 at 8:30

Bonnie "Prince" Billy
Thursday, February 7 at 8:30

Stephanie Blythe: We'll Meet Again--The Songs of Kate Smith
Saturday, February 9 at 8:30

Sondre Lerche
Wednesday, February 13 at 8:30

Mavis Staples
Thursday, February 14 at 8:30

Kristin Chenoweth
Friday, February 15 at 7:30 and 9:30

Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman
Saturday, February 16 at 8:30

Kathy Mattea
Wednesday, February 27 at 8:30

Lost in the Trees
Thursday, February 28 at 8:30

The Songs of Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey
with Alice Ripley, Brian d'Arcy James & Idina Menzel
Friday, March 1 at 7:30 and 9:30

Ingrid Michaelson
Saturday, March 2 at 8:30


Lindsay Mendez & Marco Paguia
Friday, March 29 at 8:00

Meow Meow
Saturday, March 30 at 8:00

Cristin Milioti
Friday, April 5 at 8:00

Green Sneakers: A Song Cycle by Ricky Ian Gordon
Saturday, April 6 at 8:00

Kerrigan & Lowdermilk featuring Michael Arden, Nikki M. James & Josh Young
Friday, April 19 at 8:00

Ben Sollee
Saturday, April 20 at 8:00

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