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AMERICANAFEST NYC 2017

AMERICANAFEST NYC 2017

8.12.2017 to 8.13.2017

Check our star-studded line-up for our fourth annual AMERICANAFEST NYC at Lincoln Center!

Presented in association with Lincoln Center Out of Doors on August 12–13

Catch Bonnie RaittThe JayhawksDon BryantTravellerFlaco JiménezAmanda Shires, and Low Cut Connie

Plus A Celebration of Chuck Berry with musical director Vernon Reid

We are proud to partner with Lincoln Center Out of Doors to bring you our fourth annual AMERICANAFEST NYC during its Roots of American Music Weekend. All events are free with no tickets required. If you're in the New York area, our concerts will take place at Hearst Plaza and Damrosch Park. Check out details for each concert below! Full programming for Lincoln Center Out of Doors can be found separately here.

ANNUAL ROOTS OF AMERICAN MUSIC WEEKEND:

AMERICANAFEST NYC

 

Traveller

Flaco Jiménez

Amanda Shires

Saturday, August 12 at 2:00pm

Hearst Plaza

 

The Jayhawks

A Celebration of Chuck Berry with musical director Vernon Reid

Low Cut Connie

Saturday, August 12 at 6:00pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

 

Bonnie Raitt

Don Bryant

Sunday, August 13 at 7:00pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell


About Artists:

Few, if any, artists in conjunto and Tejano music have received the level of critical acclaim that Flaco Jiménez has enjoyed over the course of a career spanning six decades, and no one has taken the accordion-fueled Tex-Mex sound to a larger audience. Without compromising his musical vision, Jiménez has introduced the traditional conjunto sound to mainstream pop and country listeners thanks to his collaborations with the Texas Tornados, The Mavericks, and Dwight Yoakam, and he is celebrated by adventurous rock fans through his work with Ry Cooder, Carlos Santana, Doug Sahm, and The Rolling Stones.

Traveller is the side project of solo artists Jonny Fritz, Robert Ellis, and Cory Chisel, who formed the group to take a detour around the well-paved, monotonous road of solo artistry. It’s a band of three great friends, all with distinct styles, who love to write and perform together.

Amanda Shires began her career as a teenager playing fiddle with the Texas Playboys. Since then, she's toured and recorded with John Prine, Billy Joe Shaver, Todd Snider, Justin Townes Earle, Shovels & Rope, and most recently her husband, Jason Isbell. Along the way, she’s made three solo albums, each serving to document a particular period in her life while improving on the perceptive qualities of the previous record. Her latest record, My Piece of Land, was released last year with Dave Cobb as producer.

Since the ’80s, The Jayhawks have been a driving force and inspiration behind the growing Americana movement. Combining the talents of singer-songwriters Gary Louris and Mark Olson, The Jayhawks released their major label debut, the acclaimed Hollywood Town Hall (1992) via Def American. This was followed by Tomorrow the Green Grass (1995), which produced the alternative radio hit single “Blue.” Their latest album, Paging Mr. Proust (2016), was produced in Portland with Peter Buck and Tucker Martine.

A Celebration of Chuck Berry marks a special portion of the evening dedicated to the late, legendary Chuck Berry, led by renowned artist and performer Vernon Reid as musical director. As the lead guitarist of Living Colour and a cofounder of the Black Rock Coalition, Reid’s rampant eclecticism encompasses everything from hard rock and punk to funk, R&B, and avant-garde jazz, and his anarchic, lightning-fast solos have become something of a hallmark as well. Reid has worked with a wide variety of experimental musicians including Mick Jagger, Defunkt, Bill Frisell, John Zorn, Arto Lindsay, and Public Enemy, among others.

Low Cut Connie was recently called “the essence of what rock ‘n’ roll should be” by Greg Kot (Sound Opinions/NPR), and The New York Times has said “their live show is a phenomenon.” They have been a rolling DIY caravan, lending their explosive talent to the music industry for five years and building an obsessive fan base from all walks of life—white and black, straight and gay, young and old. Even former President Barack Obama is a fan. He chose their anthem of self-proclaimed lowbrow American life, “Boozophilia,” for his Spotify playlist and met with frontman Adam Weiner at the White House in 2016.

This year’s festival culminates with ten-time Grammy Award–winning blues-rocker Bonnie Raitt and her celebrated road band. Raitt, who Rolling Stone named as both one of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” and one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. B.B. King once called Raitt “the best damn slide player working today” and the poetic power of her bottleneck guitar technique brings a unique second voice to complement the emotional reach of her singing.

Opening the evening is Memphis soul man Don Bryant, the songwriter behind Hi Record classics like Ann Peebles’s “I Can’t Stand the Rain.” Forty years later, he’s having a career renaissance as a singer with his new critically acclaimed album Don’t Give Up on Love.