Louis Armstrong Covers John Lennon

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Dead Feat Announces Jazz Fest After Shows

Dead Feat–-an act that dives into the Grateful Dead and Little Feat repertoires–-will return to New Orleans for a pair of Jazz Fest after shows.
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TED Talks: David Binder on The Power of Festivals

When festivals do it right, they bring individuals, communities, and even entire cities, closer together.

"Festivals promote diversity," Binder says. "They bring neighbors into dialogue, they increase creativity, they offer opportunities for civic pride, they improve our general psychological well-being. In short, they make cities better places to live."

In a heartwarming talk on the Sydney Festival in Australia, the acclaimed Broadway producer David Binder explains how an entire city finds communal ownership in a tiny Australian neighborhood theater project called Minto Live. During Minto Live, the attendees travel from house to house to view autobiographical performances put on by the residents of each home they visit; this unique format brings the city's neighborhoods closer together through shared experience and joyous, meaningful participation.

Beyond the bright lights and the roar of the crowds, there’s something special brewing inside the melting pot of festival culture. Some say it’s a social revolution. Others look at it as a spiritual awakening of sorts. Whatever it is, brilliant academics are talking about the larger impact festivals have on the world, which we explore in Festie TED Talks.

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Lincoln Center Out of Doors July 20-August 7, 2016

Lincoln Center Out of Doors, one of the country’s longest-running free outdoor summer festivals, opens this year on July 20 and runs through August 7, with a post-festival special event on August 13.  In Lincoln Center’s continuing commitment to making the arts available to all, the 46th edition of the popular festival will fill the plazas with a diverse range of music, dance, spoken word, and family events, featuring dozens of U.S., international, and local artists.

 A Night of Words and Music With Patti Smith
Pioneering Salsa Duo Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz
Nigerian Pop Star Davido and Afrobeat Pioneers Antibalas
Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca
AFROPUNK Girrrl Riot @ Lincoln Center
World Premiere of David Lang’s the public domain and Other
Special Co-Presentations with the Mostly Mozart Festival

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Previously Announced The Bells: A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed
NPR Music Live in Concert with the Hosts of All Songs Considered and Alt.Latino
Annual Presentations of La Casita and Family Day,
And More………


7:30 pm – Damrosch Park Bandshell
A Night of Words and Music with Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, and Tony Shanahan
Mariachi Flor de Toloache
Writing about Patti Smith at last summer’s Glastonbury Festival in the U.K., a reporter for The Guardian (London) said, “Amid all the hideous things going on in the world, I’m always grateful for something that reminds me now is a great time to be alive.  I feel like that about Patti Smith’s performance.”  And so does Lincoln Center.  This will be the singer-songwriter, poet, and activist’s third appearance at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and punk’s poet laureate hasn’t lost any of the combination of grit and grace that makes her a music and cultural icon.  She’ll be joined by longtime musical collaborators, guitarist Lenny Kaye and bassist Tony Shanahan, for an intimate, acoustic evening of poetry, spoken word, and music.

Latin Grammy nominees for their 2015 debut album, New York’s all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache are led by singers Mireya I. Ramos and Shae Fiol. The group’s members hail from diverse cultural and musical backgrounds, and that, plus the heady mélange of Latin music styles absorbed from their New York City? base (salsa, bachata, cumbia, Latin jazz, hip-hop, and soul), help create their edgy, versatile, and fresh take on the traditional Mexican music. The group opened for Black Keys’ singer Dan Auerbach’s new band, The Arcs, on its debut U.S. and European tour in 2015 and is again with the band on its 2016 West Coast tour, including this April’s Coachella Festival. Their second studio album (Daptone – Chulo Records) is slated for release in fall 2016.


7:30 pm – Damrosch Park Bandshell
The Hallelujah Train featuring Pastor Brady Blade Sr., Brian Blade, Daniel Lanois, and guests
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Two song traditions born in struggle and oppression and raising powerful voices in hope are represented on the Damrosch Bandshell stage this evening.  The Hallelujah Train rolls into Damrosch Park led by Pastor Brady Blade Sr., an all-star band featuring his son Brian Blade, celebrated jazz drummer and longtime member of The Wayne Shorter Quartet, his friend and frequent collaborator guitarist-producer Daniel Lanois and members of the Zion Baptist Church. The Hallelujah Train began life as a Sunday morning gospel show on a local Shreveport T.V. station in the 1970s and ‘80s, created by Rev. Blade Sr., pastor of the Zion Baptist Church. Resurrected several years ago as a labor of love by Brian Blade and his brother, the group performs its special brand of Southern gospel and Americana music in New York for the first time this July.

The Hallelujah Train is presented in association with the BAM R&B Festival at Metrotech

The foremost exponents of Isicathamiya, Zulu for a style of a capella singing that originated among South African mine workers in the early part of the 20th century, Ladysmith Black Mambazo was introduced to the world through Paul Simon’s Graceland album and tour in the mid-1980s.  The five-time Grammy Award?winning group has recorded with artists ranging from Stevie Wonder and Dolly Parton to Josh Groban and Emmylou Harris, appeared on Broadway, been featured on numerous film soundtracks, and are world-wide peace ambassadors.


7:00 pm – Hearst Plaza
Barbara Lynn
A left-handed, electric guitar-playing woman was a rare sight on the Gulf Coast music circuit in the early 1960s, when Texas-born singer-songwriter Barbara Lynn was signed by producer Huey P. Meaux and launched her recording career at New Orleans’s legendary Cosimo’s studio. Her 1962 ballad, “You’ll Lose a Good Thing” was her first big hit—a national Top-Ten single, and Number One on the R&B charts.  Lynn’s mix of blues and southern R&B drew on early influences like Etta James, Ruth Brown, Texas guitar sensation Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, and Brenda Lee. Her later hit singles included “Oh Baby (We Got a Good Think Goin’)” recorded by the Rolling Stones in 1965.  She signed with Atlantic Records in 1967.  Ponderosa Stomp presented Lynn in their 2008 festival line-up, and she had a repeat engagement in 2015.

7:30 pm –Damrosch Park Bandshell
Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Louis Langrée, conductor
Simone Porter, violin (Mostly Mozart debut)
All-Mozart program
         Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K.216
         Symphony No. 41 in C major, K.551 (“Jupiter”)
The Mostly Mozart Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and in the first of three collaborative projects with Lincoln Center Out of Doors to offer more free events to the public, presents its traditional free preview concert in Damrosch Park. Maestro Louis Langrée, Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director, leads an all-Mozart program that includes the composer’s majestic final Symphony No. 41, and his youthful G-major violin concerto performed by rising young violinist and 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant winner Simone Porter.  Damrosch Park will open for seating at 6:30 pm.
Co-presented with Mostly Mozart Festival

This free preview concert of the Mostly Mozart Festival is made possible in part by The Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Foundation.


11:00 am – Josie Robertson Plaza
Lincoln Center Block Party with Illstyle & Peace
The Philadelphia-based dance collective led by Brandon “Peace” Albright presents hip-hop with an uplifting message. They create work rooted in contemporary, West African, and old-school hip-hop styles, blended with a mix of dance and performance disciplines including tap, ballet, DJing, and beatboxing. They’ll host a participatory block party for all-ages to kickoff Family Day.

1:00 pm – Location TBD
Dance Theatre of Harlem Performance and Demonstration
Students from the Dance Theatre of Harlem Summer Intensive program, and professional dancers of the celebrated dance company will give an informal performance where they’ll explain and demonstrate the rudiments of classical ballet, share their personal experiences, and invite questions from the audience.

2:00 pm – Josie Robertson Plaza
Illstyle & Peace Dance Performance
The dancers return for a performance showcasing their dazzling artistry, which The New York Times said was like “watching the greatest ballet virtuosos.”

Time TBD – Hearst Plaza
She’s a Rebel
While generations of fans know 1960s girl group songs by heart, many of these great singers aren’t known by name.  In 2011, before the release of the Academy Award?winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom shone a spotlight on the anonymous artistry of the ’60s girl groups and background singers, Lincoln Center Out of Doors presented She’s Got the Power, a day devoted to their stories, with a concert featuring some of those women. The idea inspired She’s a Rebel, inviting young women ages 12?18 to participate in a 15?week project, supervised by Lincoln Center Education, to learn and perform three-part harmony and participate in master classes with some of the women.  The project culminates in this concert with the young women singing with Margaret Ross Williams of the Cookies, Louise Murray of the Hearts and the Jaynetts, Barbara Harris of the Toys, Lillian Walter Moss of the Exciters, Nanette Licari of Reparata and the Delrons, and Beverly Warren of the Raindrops.

Family Day is supported by Disney


7:30 pm – Damrosch Park Bandshell
An Evening with Darlene Love
“Darlene Love deserves to be heard, really heard, and her voice has no problem reaching into the heart of anyone willing to listen” is what NPR’s Ann Powers wrote about Introducing Darlene Love, the singer’s most recent album, released in fall 2015.  With new songs written for her by producer and longtime friend Steven Van Zandt, as well as by Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Linda Perry, Jimmy Webb, and more, the album puts Love in the spotlight where she belongs with accolades and richly?deserved recognition as one of the great pop singers of our time.


1:00 pm – Hearst Plaza
Heritage Sunday
Global Beat of The Bronx: From Bambara to Breakbeats featuring
Bambara Drum and Dance Ensemble
Bombazo Dance Company
Chief Joseph Chatoyer Dance Company
Full Circle Souljahs
For 18 summers, Heritage Sunday at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, curated by the Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD), has celebrated the diverse performance traditions found throughout New York City. This year, CTMD celebrates the Bronx and dance from West African, African-American, and Latino sources, each with distinct expressions but interconnected through the present day community’s shared culture and traditions.  Bambara Drum and Dance Ensemble celebrates the culture and traditions of West Africa and their varied expressions today; Bombazo Dance Company fuses Afro-Puerto Rican, Afro-Caribbean, and traditional folkloric elements drawn from the history of Americans and Latinos with classical, contemporary, and social dance styles; Chief Joseph Chatoyer Dance Company, a drumming, singing, and dance group, showcases the culture of the Garifuna, Caribbean descendants of West and Central Africans and Native Americans;  Full Circle Souljahs, rooted in street performance and started by hip-hop dancers Kwikstep and Rokafella, has grown to include beatboxers, MCs, and dancers of diverse backgrounds and styles. Its performances come with a message that hip-hop is a culture and an ever? evolving vehicle for social change.

Presented in association with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance and the Center for Art, Tradition and Cultural Heritage

7:30 pm – Damrosch Park Bandshell
Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz
Recently reunited kings of salsa brava Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz have performed as a duo for more than 50 years and can still bring loyal fans and new ones alike to their feet. Ray, born in Brooklyn to Puerto Rican parents, is a virtuoso pianist, singer, composer, and arranger who attended Juilliard, and Cruz, a Puerto Rico?born and New York?raised multi-instrumentalist and singer with an operatic range, began their partnership in 1965 and not only became one of the most popular duos in the history of salsa, but influenced many Latino artists across a variety of genres.

Opening the evening is Miramar, the trio formed by members of the indie salsa band Bio Ritmo.  In a musical detour for the artists, they’ll perform music from their debut album—a tribute to Puerto Rican bolero composer Sylvia Rexach. Miramar is reviving the golden sounds of the popular and beloved music genre of the 1950s and ’60s and introducing these passionate love songs to a new generation.



7:00 pm – Hearst Plaza
Dane Terry
When singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dane Terry sits down at the piano he channels the wit and wordsmithing of Cole Porter, the ballad?making magic of Elton John, and a sprinkling of the folksy directness of Woody Guthrie. Terry’s genre?defying musical theater piece Bird in the House, featuring songs from his album Color Movies, mined his white working class, Midwestern childhood and was performed at LaMaMa and the Public Theater. His solo gigs have taken him to Pangea, Joe’s Pub, and Rockwood Music Hall. Gayletter.com called Terry “a natural-born storyteller, a wizard whose power to delight, crack up, and terrify an audience comes from the traditions of the uniquely American world he brings so vividly to life.”

7:00 pm – Damrosch Park Bandshell
AFROPUNK Girrrl Riot @ Lincoln Center
The VeeVees
Additional artist to be announced.
Following the success of its debut at last summer’s Lincoln Center Out of Doors, AFROPUNK returns with AFROPUNK Girrrl Riot @ Lincoln Center, an all-female lineup of genre-busting artists who embody the spirit of the alternative, experimental music community and cultural movement.

SATE is the name that Canadian alt-rock-blues singer-songwriter Saidah Baba Talibah adopted when she embarked on a new project and a new musical and life journey a few years ago.  The daughter of Canadian blues and jazz great Salome Bey, SATE (rhymes with fate) released her debut album in 2011, which launched her career and led to extensive touring at home and abroad. Finding her authentic voice, including acknowledging three important women in her life—her mother who has suffered from Alzheimer’s since 2011, her daughter; and her sister—was the impetus two years of work on her new concept album, RedBlack&Blue, due for release this summer.  Soul-shaking, empowering, and fierce messages delivered in a characteristic high-energy mix of hard rock, blues, and raunchy soul are what to expect when SATE struts onto the Damrosch Park Bandshell stage.

One of the 16 finalists chosen for AFROPUNK’s 2015 Battle of the Bands, The VeeVees believe in the “dark glory days” of rock and roll, and the raw, visceral, truthful music they create and perform is the proof.  The Deli Magazine called them, “a charismatic throwback to the in-your-face attitude that rock was built on. The group puts out a vibrant and dynamic energy that will have you banging your head along with the overdriven guitars and driving drums.” Started in 2011, as the duo of guitarist-singer-songwriter Garrett Cillo, and drummer Andrea Belfiore, the Brooklyn-based rock band now features Detroit-born, rock and r&b powerhouse vocalist Sophia Urista as frontwoman.


7:00 pm – Hearst Plaza
Jaime Woods
Okayplayer.com said of rising singer-songwriter Jaime Woods, “She carries with her a voice that soothes and a penchant for knee-deep soul, making it known with each and every breathy note that her groove is for both the head and the heart.” The soulfully mellow singer arrived in New York after coming up in the gospel scene in Chicago and has performed and collaborated with Bilal, Casey Benjamin, Gizmo, Roy Hargrove, Emily King, Kendra Foster, among others, and as a duo with her brother, Solo Woods, who will be joining her for this performance.

7:30 pm – Damrosch Park Bandshell
Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life
Michael Mwenso & The Shakes
In an adaptation of his Off-Broadway show, Maurice Hines taps and sings his way through his life story from the start of his show business career at age five as a tap act with his younger brother Gregory Hines to the trio act with their father, “Hines, Hines and Dad,” at the Apollo Theater to his own star turns in Broadway musicals Eubie! and Sophisticated Ladies. Hines tells stories about sharing the stage with entertainers like Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Lena Horne, and more. The all-female, Diva Jazz Orchestra are Hines’ dazzling musical collaborators.  And tipping his hat to the virtuoso tappers of a new generation, Hines welcomes—and engages in some friendly competition with—The Manzari Brothers, a tap duo he introduced and continues to mentor.

Michael Mwenso & The Shakes have been heating up the New York jazz scene from their home base at Ginny’s Supper Club in Harlem.  Vocalist and bandleader Michael Mwenso grew up around the ports of Freetown, Sierra Leone, raised by his aunts, and came to London with his mother at the age of ten.  There, be became close and performed with musicians such as James Brown and developed a young, energetic movement at the famed Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. After coming to the U.S., he did a stint curating and performing at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club. His band, The Shakes, embody the spirit of this great music, but bring their own individual creativity and jovial energy to the stage.


7:00 pm – Hearst Plaza
Eli “Paperboy” Reed
The singer-songwriter Rolling Stone hailed for his “classic soul” and R&B soaked with the blues” returns to an early inspiration from his time spent in a Southside Chicago church as a young minister of music, with a new gospel-inflected album, My Way Home, to be released this summer.  It is sure to be a centerpiece of his concert at Out of Doors.

7:30 pm – Damrosch Park Bandshell
Okayafrica: Afrobeat x Afrobeats
Okayafrica, the source for “all that's hot and jumping in the new African renaissance,” will showcase artists for the first time at Lincoln Center this summer.  The double bill illustrates the fluid exchange between the Afrobeat sound created by Nigerian musician and political activist Fela Kuti, and today’s popular electronic Afrobeats music joining hip-hop, funk, and other western influences to African roots.

American-born Nigerian recording artist and producer David Adedeji Adeleke, better known by his stage name Davido, is a rising young star in Nigeria and on the international Afrobeats music scene.  He released a debut LP in 2012 and has a second studio album in the pipeline, on which he does producing duties, featuring guest appearances from some of Nigeria’s most popular music artists. Davido is a recipient of the 2014 BET Music Award (Best International Act: Africa), a Kora Award, and two MTV Africa Music Awards, among many others.  He recently signed a two-year record deal with Sony.

“Few bands have been as indebted to a stylistic and philosophical predecessor as Antibalas are to Fela Kuti.  Fewer still have been as capable of doing their predecessor justice” (Pitchfork).  The Brooklyn-based music collective formed by baritone sax player Martin Perna in 1998 were largely responsible for introducing Afrobeat to audiences in New York and across the U.S. starting in the 2000s, and later reached an even broader audience through their involvement in the Tony Award?winning Broadway musical Fela! They’ve recorded and performed with a raft of music notables. In the tradition of Fela, the band’s purpose is to make “music that is militantly pacifist,” according to Perna (The New York Times), and to continue to play pure, “unadulterated” Afrobeat.

The Bells:  A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed
Lincoln Center Out of Doors celebrates the work and legacy of legendary musician and consummate New Yorker Lou Reed with a full day of free events, encompassing a wide range of his interests and creative output. The Bells: A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed is named for Reed’s iconic song “The Bells,” and is curated by Laurie Anderson and Reed’s friend and longtime producer Hal Willner. Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson frequently attended Lincoln Center events and also performed here—separately and together—on several occasions.  In November 2013, the only public event marking Lou Reed’s death—organized by family and friends—took place outdoors on Lincoln Center’s Hearst Plaza.  Now, for The Bells, musical collaborators and other artists gather to give voice to the singular legacy of the rock musician, cofounder with Andy Warhol of The Velvet Underground, progenitor of glam, punk, indie, new wave, and noise rock, poet, and activist who left an indelible mark on the music of the past 50 years and on the city that he called home.

The Bells will begin in the morning with group tai chi exercises on Josie Robertson Plaza led by Reed’s teacher Master Ren Guangyi (beginners are welcome).  An immersive sound installation, Lou Reed: Drones, created from six of his guitars and amps in a feedback loop, will take place at Alice Tully Hall.  The day continues with a martial arts demonstration by Master Ren Guangyi and his students on Hearst Plaza.  Recordings of Reed’s music will play at the David Rubenstein Atrium and film screenings will take place at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.  The afternoon includes music performances by several musician friends and readings from Lou Reed’s collected lyrics, both taking place on the Hearst Plaza stage.  Lou Reed’s Love Songs, a Damrosch Park concert featuring artists across a range of music genres, begins at 7:30 pm.  Following the concert, at 10:00 pm is a screening of Julian Schnabel’s acclaimed film Berlin, which captured Reed’s live, 2006 concert performances at St. Ann’s Warehouse.  Sound will be provided via wireless headphones.  NOTE: Artist and program details will be available at a later date.


La Casita is Lincoln Center Out of Doors’ annual celebration of community.  It showcases urban poetry, spoken word, and musical expressions that represent the diversity of traditional and contemporary cultures across New York City. This summer opens at Teatro Pregones in the Bronx, where Out of Doors has presented La Casita for many years. Returning to do MC duties is New York spoken word, hip-hop, and experimental performance artist Baba Israel.

Saturday, July 30 at 2:00 pm
Teatro Pregones, 571 Walton Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451

Sunday, July 31 at 12:00 pm
Hearst Plaza, Lincoln Center

La Casita Spoken Word lineup:
Tusiata Avia, a Samoan-New Zealand poet, performer, and writer; Toni Blackman, the first hip-hop artist invited to work as Cultural Ambassador with the U.S. Department of State, whose book Wisdom of the Cypher is due out this summer; Moe Clark, a Canadian Métis singer and multidisciplinary artist who works in English and Cree;  Natalie Diaz, of Mojave descent and a member of the Gila River Indian Tribe, is a published poet and teacher working to revitalize the Mojave language; Baba Israel; Noel Quiñones, a Bronx-born,  AfroBoricua writer, performer, and educator, who is co-founder of Piel Café Poetry, an AfroLatino spoken word collective; Terisa Siagatonu, a first generation, queer, Samoan, spoken word artist, educator and community organizer from California; Elisabet Velasquez, a Brooklyn-born poet and 2009 member of the Nuyorican National Slam team; Tanaya Winder, a writer, educator, singer, artist, and poet from the Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone, and Pyramid Lake Paiute Nations; G Yamazawa, a National Poetry Slam champion, advocate for youth empowerment, and teaching artist; and Gustavo Zapoteco, a storyteller from Topiltepec, Mexico, who draws from oral traditions of Mexico’s indigenous peoples.

La Casita’s Music lineup:
Fernando A. Cruz, singer-songwriter drawing on Puerto Rico’s Nueva Trova, jazz, and global folk music; Grupo Rebolu, an Afro-Colombian group who performs original compositions and interpretations of traditional rhythms, such as gaita, tambora, chalupa, and bullerengue; Harana Kings bring together some of the last great haranistas, Filipino musicians who specialized in serenading women in a once?popular courtship practice throughout the Philippines;  Jomion & The Uklos, a family band from Benin, West Africa, that combines traditional rhythms and songs from Vodoun with reggae, salsa, and jazz; and William Prince, a storyteller-singer-songwriter from Peguis First Nation in Manitoba, Canada.

La Casita is curated by Melody Capote, Caribbean Cultural Center; Lillian Cho, Consultant; C. Daniel Dawson, Arts and Media Consultant; Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, Writer, Vocalist, Sound Artist and Curator; Claudia Norman, Lincoln Center Out of Doors; Shawn Termin, Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian; and Rich Villar, Acentos Foundation.


7:00 pm – Damrosch Park Bandshell
Songs of Freedom
Ky-Mani Marley
Music’s ability to heal and empower is celebrated in Songs of Freedom through the vibrant rhythms of Ky-Mani Marley and Finotee—presented in association with longtime community partner, the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute.  Ky-Mani Marley, son of Bob Marley, is a reggae and hip-hop artist with an international performing and recording career. His 2015 album, Maestro, on his newly-created label, Konfrontation Muzic, was released after an eight-year break from the studio during which he toured extensively in Europe and South America. Finotee takes its name from the Ethiopian Amharic word “fenote,” meaning “the way.” The New York group will open the evening with its tuneful blend of rock, reggae, funk, and soul. Both artists give voice to the struggle for human and civil rights in the age of Ferguson.

Presented in association with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute



7:00 pm – Damrosch Park Bandshell
Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca
Manhattan Camerata Tango-Fado Project featuring Nathalie Pires
“Passion, majesty, absorption,” is how Joan Acocella of The New Yorker described the dancing of flamenco virtuoso Soledad Barrio. Hailed by critics everywhere for its transcendent and deeply emotional performances, Noche Flamenca returns flamenco to its roots with authentic performance standards underpinning the complex interrelationship of dance, song, and music that is the essence of flamenco. Formed in 1993 by Barrio (recipient of a 2015 Dance Magazine Exceptional Artist award) and her husband, artistic director and producer Martín Santangelo, the award-winning company tours throughout the world.  For this summer’s Out of Doors’ engagement the company’s program will include a new work, La Ronde, commissioned by Lincoln Center.

Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca’s La Ronde is commissioned by Lincoln Center for Lincoln Center Out of Doors.

Opening the evening is the Manhattan Camerata with its Tango Fado Project, featuring Portuguese- American fado singer Nathalie Pires. The Manhattan Camerata is a chamber orchestra that brings together world and classical music from around the globe.  With its Tango Fado Project, the orchestra explores the connections between Argentine tango and Portuguese fado, and the sound of the two instruments that form the heart of both styles: bandoneón and Portuguese guitar. The program will include traditional tangos and fados by Carlos Gardel, Astor Piazzolla, Amália Rodrigues, and new works and arrangements by members of Manhattan Camerata.


7:00 pm – Damrosch Park Bandshell
NPR Music: Live in Concert
Hosted by Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton of All Songs Considered, and Felix Contreras and
Jasmine Garsd of Alt. Latino
Artists to be announced
Two of NPR’s most popular music programs make their Out of Doors’ debut in this evening of conversation and performance. The live music experience will later be available for streaming on NPR.org/music. All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, and Alt. Latino co-hosts Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd will showcase some of their musical discoveries and favorite artists. All Songs Considered is the cornerstone of NPR Music. During the weekly broadcast of the Emmy?nominated and Webby Award?winning show, Boilen and Hilton discuss new music from emerging bands and musical icons. Alt.Latino spins a genre-bending mix where tradition meets innovation, from Latin rock to psychedelic cumbia and everything in between. Co-hosts Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd share their love of Latin alternative music by introducing audiences to the best classic and emerging sounds from Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and more.


7:00 pm - Hearst Plaza
Zé Renato with special guests Vinícius Cantuária and Ricardo Silveira
Regarded as one of the great interpreters of Brazilian music, singer Zé Renato is a cofounder and member of one of Brazil’s most popular vocal-instrumental groups, Boca Livre. Over his nearly 40-year performing and recording career with the group, he has collaborated with Tom Jobim, Nana Vasconcelos, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, and Rubén Blades, among other celebrated musicians.  For this intimate concert, accompanied by guitar, Renato will sing sambas and Brazilian standards, joined by special guests Vinícius Cantuária (drums and vocals) and Ricardo Silveira (guitar).

Presented in association with Brasil Summerfest

7:30 pm - Damrosch Park Bandshell
M. Ward
Margaret Glaspy
The Guardian (London) called singer-songwriter and guitarist M. Ward (the stage name of Matthew “Matt” Stephen Ward) “a maverick auteur who draws upon blues, folk, country, and art-rock” to write potent “outsider narratives.”  In addition to his established solo career, Portland-based Ward is also a member of the pop duo She & Him with Zooey Deschanel and was a member of the folk-rock supergroup Monsters of Folk, formed with Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Conor Oberst, and Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes).  The singer has performed on recordings by, among others, Cat Power, Neko Case, Berth Orton, and Norah Jones. Ward released his eighth studio album, More Rain (Merge), this March

“”Full of distorted, bluesy electric guitar licks matched with a voice that completely takes over, moving from soft and tender to aggressively twisted…complex, deceptively heavy riffs with vocals that really stand out and grab you around the throat,” is how Noisey.com described singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy’s music. Glaspy, a Brooklynite by way of California and Boston, releases her debut full-length album this June.


In a sweeping embrace of America’s diverse sounds—from blues to roots rock to country and more—Lincoln Center’s long-running Roots of American Music collaborates with the Americana Music Association, advocates for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world, for the third annual Americanafest NYC to present artists, both new and iconic, in concerts on the Hearst Plaza and at the Damrosch Park Bandshell.
The 2016 artist lineup will be announced at a later date.

Performance locations:

Broadway at 65th Street

West 62nd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenue

Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets

144 West 65th Street

North of the Metropolitan Opera House, in front of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and Lincoln Center Theater, near West 65th Street.

Main plaza of Lincoln Center, fronting Columbus Avenue, between 63rd and 64th Streets.

All events are FREE; no tickets required.  Program details on  lcoutofdoors.org

Inaugurated in 1971, Lincoln Center Out of Doors began as a small festival of street theater in collaboration with Everyman Theater (cofounded by actress Geraldine Fitzgerald). Over its 45-year history, Out of Doors has commissioned more than 100 works from composers and choreographers and presented hundreds of major dance companies, renowned world-music artists, and legendary jazz, folk, gospel, blues, and rock musicians. It has highlighted the rich cultural diversity of New York City with its annual La Casita project which offers poetry and spoken word, along with music and dance performances. Out of Doors has partnered with dozens of community and cultural organizations including the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, Center for Traditional Music and Dance, and the Chinese American Arts Council. The festival is produced by Jill Sternheimer.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors is a presentation of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA), which serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community engagement, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 16 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants and Artist program,  David Rubenstein Atrium programming, Great Performers, Legends at Lincoln Center: The Performing Arts Hall of Fame, Lincoln Center at the Movies, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, the Emmy Award?winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS, and Lincoln Center Education, which is celebrating 40 years enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney Playing New Desert Trip Festival

The Coachella of classic rock is coming soon, and it features no less than Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney.

Neil Young, the Who and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd will round out the bill for Desert Trip, a new festival scheduled for Oct. 7 through Oct. 9 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif., the home of the popular Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. But instead of the millennial-heavy crowd that flocked to the grounds last month for LCD Soundsystem, Ellie Goulding and Disclosure — along with the flower-crown fashion and trendy V.I.P.s — this one is aimed squarely at baby boomers, a largely untapped festival audience.

Goldenvoice, a California concert promoter that is owned by the global concert giant A.E.G. Live, organized the mega-concert, which will see two of the acts play full-scale shows — not abbreviated festival sets — per night.

The Rolling Stones and Mr. Dylan and are scheduled to get things going on Friday, Oct. 7, with Mr. McCartney and Mr. Young filling the Saturday slots on Oct. 8. Mr. Waters and the Who will close out the concert on Sunday, Oct. 9.

Read more at nytimes.com

Jazz Fest Cancels Saturday Headliners Due To Weather

From the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival's Facebook Page

Jazz Fest Weather Bulletin

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Due to severe weather conditions, the remaining programming for today at Jazz Fest has been cancelled.

Please follow the Festival on Facebook and Twitter for information regarding tomorrow’s scheduled events.

Update From OFFBEAT.COM: It looks like Stevie Wonder took the stage for at least a few minutes to lead fans in a “Purple Rain” singalong through a megaphone. Here’s a video courtesy of Twitter user @geraldmayeaux.

Video courtesy of Twitter user @geraldmayeaux.

Allen Toussaint honored with second-line, memorial at Fair Grounds #JazzFest #NOLA

New Orleans music legend Allen Toussaint officially joined the ranks of the Jazz Fest ancestors on Saturday, as a painted cutout of him was unveiled near the festival’s Congo Square Stage.
Advocate photo by SOPHIA GERMER -- Hannah LeBeaux holds a photograph of her grandfather, the late singer, songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint in the jazz funeral/second line at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the Fair Grounds Saturday.
The area, a memorial grounds of sorts, features wooden cutouts of festival legends like Danny Barker, Uncle Lionel Batiste, Al Hirt, Big Chief Bo Dollis and now Toussaint, who sits at a full grand-piano keyboard in the portrait unveiled Saturday after a second-line parade at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell.

Talking Up Music Education podcast from NAMM

Talking Up Music Education is a podcast produced by The NAMM Foundation about music education. Host Mary Luehrsen chats with teachers, parents, students and community leaders who share stories about what they are doing to create music learning opportunities.

Subscribe to the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) podcast Talking Up Music Education & play it forward!

International Jazz Day | April 30, 2016

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock are pleased to announce the fifth annual International Jazz Day, which will be celebrated around the world on April 30, 2016. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host the 5th anniversary International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert at the White House on April 29th and this spectacular event will be broadcast on International Jazz Day as a one-hour primetime ABC television special, “Jazz at the White House,” on Saturday evening, April 30th and streamed on the United Nations, UNESCO, U.S. State Department and White House websites. The concert will feature an extraordinary array of artists from around the world paying tribute to the truly American art form of jazz.

Washington, D.C. has been selected to serve as the 2016 Global Host City, and International Jazz Day programs are made possible by Toyota, the 2016 Lead Partner. Presented each year on April 30th in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, International Jazz Day highlights the power of jazz as a force for freedom and creativity, promotes intercultural dialogue through respect and understanding, and unites people from all corners of the globe. The day is recognized on the official calendars of both UNESCO and the United Nations.

The All-Star Global Concert at the White House will feature stellar performances by Joey Alexander, Terence Blanchard, Kris Bowers, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Till Brönner, Terri Lyne Carrington, Chick Corea, Jamie Cullum, Kurt Elling, Aretha Franklin, Robert Glasper, Buddy Guy, Herbie Hancock, Zakir Hussain, Al Jarreau, Diana Krall, Lionel Loueke, Hugh Masekela, Christian McBride, John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, James Morrison, Danilo Pérez, Rebirth Brass Band, Dianne Reeves, Lee Ritenour, David Sánchez, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, Sting, Trombone Shorty, Chucho Valdés, Bobby Watson, Ben Williams and others, with further details to be announced shortly. John Beasley will serve as the evening’s Musical Director.

In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. International Jazz Day is chaired and led by Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General, and legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who serves as a UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. The Institute is the lead nonprofit organization charged with planning, promoting and producing this annual celebration.

International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforce international cooperation and communication. Each year on April 30, this international art form is recognized for promoting peace, dialogue among cultures, diversity, and respect for human rights and human dignity; eradicating discrimination; promoting freedom of expression; fostering gender equality; and reinforcing the role of youth in enacting social change.

International Jazz Day is the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month, which draws public attention to jazz and its extraordinary heritage throughout April. In December 2012, the United Nations General Assembly formally welcomed the decision by the UNESCO General Conference to proclaim April 30 as International Jazz Day. The United Nations and UNESCO now both recognize International Jazz Day on their official calendars.

How will you celebrate International Jazz Day?
Register your event so get listed and help spread the word.

International Jazz Day takes place each year on April 30th. Follow these steps to get involved and start your own celebration:

Like/Follow International Jazz Day on Facebook and Twitter for updates on how people are celebrating around the world. Exchange with others about jazz’s impact, share posts and re-tweet material to your friends. Make sure to use #JazzDay in your message!
Organize an International Jazz Day event in your community. From concerts to classes, no event is too big or too small. Consult the examples below for more event inspiration.
Register your event on JazzDay.com to become an official participant and share your event with people around the world.
Use the materials in our online toolkit including promotional guides, downloadable logos and educator guides to make sure your event is the very best it can be.
On April 30th, visit JazzDay.com to check out featured events in the Global Host City and around the world. Don’t miss the all-star International Jazz Day concert, which each year brings together legendary artists from around the world for the day’s grand finale.

Read more on jazzday.com

Paul Simon Announces June Release for Stranger to Stranger, Shares First Single

Paul Simon officially announced this morning that he would be releasing his 13th solo album, Stranger to Stranger, June 3 on Concord Records. Accompanying the announcement is the release of the first single “Wristband.”

The record, his first since 2011’s So Beautiful or So What, was made in collaboration with the legendary songwriter’s longtime musical partner Roy Halee. To quote Simon in the press release:

“It’s about getting you to actually hear something in a new way. It’s about making music that sounds old and new at the same time; music with a sense of mystery. Sound is the theme of this album as much as it’s about the subjects of the individual songs. If people get that, I’ll be pleased. The right song at the right time can live for generations. A beautiful sound, well that’s forever.”

Read more via Paste

Live Nation Adds Governors Ball to Its Music Festival Lineup

With this year’s music festival season starting up, there is another jewel in the crown of Live Nation Entertainment, the company that has come to dominate live music through its concert and ticketing businesses. To its collection of top festivals like Lollapalooza, Electric Daisy Carnival and Bonnaroo, it has now added Governors Ball in New York.

On Friday, Live Nation completed a deal to acquire a majority stake in Founders Entertainment, the parent company of Governors Ball, which was started in 2011 by a group of young promoters and has since beaten the odds by taking root in New York’s difficult market.

By its own count, Live Nation controls or operates four of the top five pop festivals in North America, and 13 of the top 25 around the world and feels it still had room to grow.

Read more at nytimes.com

Using Music to Close the Education Gap

The United States is faced with a growing problem in education – the gap between US student’s baseline proficiency compared to students in other countries. Why is that? Are students here not being taught the core standards of learning? Are they not learning ‘how to learn?’ How can this gap be fixed, especially with the increasing price of education? Many now believe that this education gap can be partially reduced by an increase of the arts, and specifically music into student’s curriculum.

Using Music to Close the Educational Gap
Kent State Online Master of Music in Music Education


Tips for Taking Children to Music Festivals

Taking children to a music festival might seem like a bit of a daunting proposition -- even for those who have done it before!  There are a lot of things to take into consideration before you festivalize with kids, but if you're well-prepared, a great music festival can be as much fun for the whole family as a theme park or other traditional family vacation spot.

  • Make Sure the Kids can Roll With It
  • Come Well-Stocked
  • Set up a Cozy Base Camp
  • Get a Schedule of Special Kids' Activities
  • Enjoy Some Music!
  • Eat, Drink, and be Merry
  • Tell Your Kids What to do if They Get Lost

Read more on worldmusic.about.com

The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music on AXS TV

The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music

See the broadcast premiere: Sunday, March 20th, 2016 only on AXS TV.

On Saturday, May 3, 2014, esteemed musicians and friends joined together for “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music”, a special concert event taping honoring this musical icon in his hometown of New Orleans. Taking place at the historic Saenger Theatre in the French Quarter, the concert paid homage to Dr. John’s illustrious songbook and featured once-in-a-lifetime collaborations from a lineup of prestigious and award-winning artists. This was Dr. John’s only New Orleans performance during Jazz Fest, with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer taking the stage to perform with a number of special guests throughout the night.

Featuring: Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Anders Osborne, Bill Kreutzmann, Brian Stoltz, Bruce Springsteen, Charles Neville, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Chuck Leavell, Aaron Neville, Cyril Neville, Dave Malone, George Porter Jr., Irma Thomas, Jason Isbell, John Fogerty, Jimmie Vaughan, John “Papa” Gros, John Boutte, Mavis Staples, Ryan Bingham, Sarah Morrow, Shannon McNally, Tab Benoit, Terence Blanchard, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, The Dirty Dozen Horns, Warren Haynes, Widespread Panic, Zigaboo Modeliste

Dr. John Concert Event on AXS TV from Blackbird Presents on Vimeo.

Get more information and find AXS TV on your TV here

Ultra Music Festival Set Times And Final Lineup Announced

The kickoff to the eighteenth edition of the Ultra Music Festival is just a week away, and just in time for fan preparations the final lineup and set times have been confirmed.

Completing the lineup are an additional 70 DJs and live acts, including (in alphabetical order) Blasterjaxx, Borgeous, Bob Moses, Don Diablo, Getter, MAKJ, Markus Schulz and the legendary Peaches, among others. A complete rundown of talent and set times can be found here.

To stay on top of the action, fans can download the official Ultra Music Festival 2016 App. Ultra Music Festival takes place on March 18, 19 and 20, 2016, during Miami Music Week and is an 18+ event.

Read more at craveonline.com

From indie bands to Michelle Obama, SXSW Music wants to do it all. Can it?

Could the highest-profile booking at this year’s South by Southwest music festival also be an indication that the annual event is flailing?

Next week, Michelle Obama will deliver the keynote address at SXSW Music, set to run Tuesday to Sunday in Austin, Texas. There’s no doubt that the first lady was a serious get for the conference, especially compared with  2015’s keynote speaker, rapper Snoop Dogg, whose presentation took the form of a low-impact chat with his manager.

Read more on the LA Times

Lettuce Offers Free Download Of Huge Content Bundle With Live Shows, Tracks And More

Anyone who's heard Lettuce knows that the group is extra funky. Now, the band is bringing the funk to you with an exclusive BitTorrent partnership, as part of the new "Lettuce Live" series. The free download series will see Lettuce share some of their prized content, and the first edition features so many goodies. Live shows, compilations, an animated "Lettuce Medley" video series, four videos from Red Rocks, and footage from the band's recently-released Let Us Play funkumentary are all included!

Read more on liveforlivemusic.com

Rounder Records reissues New Orleans Classics Digitally

Rounder Records digitally reissues New Orleans Classics by Irma Thomas, Rebirth Brass Band, Johnny Adams & more

Several New Orleans-related titles are back, rereleased in digital. Rounder titles include...

Walter “Wolfman” Washington: Wolf Tracks
Ramsey McLean & The Survivors, The Ed Frank Quintet: The New New Orleans Music: Jump Jazz
Lady BJ & The Ellis Marsalis Quartet, Germaine Bazzle & Friends: The New New Orleans Music: Vocal Jazz
New Orleans Nightcrawlers: The New Orleans Nightcrawlers
Tommy Ridgley: The New Orleans King of the Stroll
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Live: Mardi Gras In Montreux
Lady BJ & The Ellis Marsalis Quartet, Germaine Bazzle & Friends: The New New Orleans Music: Vocal Jazz
Rebirth Brass Band: Take It To The Street
Irma Thomas: The Way I Feel
George Porter, Jr.: Runnin’ Partner
New Orleans Saxophone Ensemble, Improvisational Arts Quintet: The New New Orleans Music: New Music Jazz
Johnny Adams: Johnny Adams Sings Doc Pomus – The Real Me
Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters: Out of the Dark
Davell Crawford: The B-3 and Me
Tuts Washington: New Orleans Piano Professor
The Golden Eagles Featuring Monk Boudreaux: Lightning And Thunder
Rebirth Brass Band: Feel Like Funkin’ It UpFeel Like Funkin CD

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Dr. Zsa's Powdered Zydeco Band AND Zydeco Revelators

Saturday, April 2,  9 PM

300 W 116th St, New York, New York 10026

9 PM -- Dr. Zsa's Powdered Zydeco Band
10 PM -- Zydeco Revelators

FREE ENTRY until 10pm
($10 after 10pm)

BONUS: At Midnight, it turns into the awesomest African DJ dance party club you've ever been to. Spinnin' everything from Michael Jackson to world music & Afrobeat.

More Coachella. Organizers may add a Fall fest

Indio Wants a Fall Coachella, But When Remains a Mystery. The mayor of Indio, Calif., home to the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and the Stagecoach county music festival, both produced by Goldenvoice Entertainment at Indio’s Empire Polo Grounds in April each year, is making known its desire for that company to produce another festival. It wants this one, though, to land with the leaves sometime in autumn.

Read more on billboard.com

big win for Jon Cleary at The Grammy's!

The recording industry's most prestigious award, the GRAMMY, is presented annually by The Recording Academy. A GRAMMY is awarded by The Recording Academy's voting membership to honor excellence in the recording arts and sciences. It is truly a peer honor, awarded by and to artists and technical professionals for artistic or technical achievement, not sales or chart positions (GRAMMY Awards Voting Process). The annual GRAMMY Awards presentation brings together thousands of creative and technical professionals in the recording industry from all over the world.

The Winners

Best American Roots Performance Mavis Staples See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

Best Blues Album Buddy Guy Born To Play Guitar

Best Folk Album Béla Fleck and Abigal Washburn Béla Fleck and Abigal Washburn

Best Regional Roots Album Jon Cleary Go Go Juice

Best Jazz Instrumental Album John Sofield Past Present

Best World Album Angelique Kidjo Sings

Alabama Shakes takes the trifecta, three Grammies!

Best Alternative Music Album Alabama Shakes Sound & Color

Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song Alabama Shakes Don't Wanna Fight

See the complete list of Grammy Awards on grammy.com

2016 Music Festivals Worth Traveling For

Because these musical events have become so over-the-top that they're absolutely worth planning a trip around. 

Music festivals are good—for the soul, for the mind, and for the spirit. This is a rare fact agreed upon by both millennials and baby boomers alike. In photographer Cherly Dunn’s latest book, appropriately titled Music Festivals Are Good, Dunn recounts her many festival experiences through photos, from Woodstock ’94 to Bonnaroo and the Warped Tour in the early aughts. Dunn’s raw, gritty, and damningly fun look at music festivals around the world served up some major inspiration to search for the best music festivals on the planet—and which ones are worth traveling around the country (or across the globe) for this year.


How Music Festivals Shape Cities

From Coachella, Glastonbury, and Stagecoach to Governors Ball, Lollapalooza, and Ultra, music festivals clearly play a role in the economies of cities. They bring in huge numbers of tourists and revenue, attract large audiences, create significant platforms for musicians, and help to build city brands.

In his new book, Music/City: American Festivals and Placemaking in Austin, Nashville, and Newport, Jonathan R. Wynn—a sociologist at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst—explores the rising “festivalization” of our culture.

In preparation for Music/City, Wynn developed his own participant observations by visiting these cities and festivals and conducting over 100 interviews with musicians, festival promoters, city leaders, and more.

Read more at city lab

2016 Festival Season. Choices. Choices. Choices.

The 2016 Festival Season is near. That time of year when tough decisions are made by Worldwide Festivalists. Graphs drawn. Spreadsheets created. Maps plotted. Do you go to Festival A or Festival B — or better yet, skip A and B and you can go to Festival C, Festival D, and Festival E.

Is more better? Is it logistically possible to go to two or three regional festivals in a weekend? Do you take off in April and go on festival tour until July? You knew there'd be some choice, some sacrafice. Maybe you didn't realize how complicated it is to be a festivalist.

A number of articles were published this week about the upcoming festivals, and here is a random sampling...

Kaitlyn Brown, The Volante, writes in Verve Blogs
Music festivals offer great getaway for music lovers

Dan MacRae writes in Uproxx
Sort Out Your 2016 Major Music Festival Options With This Helpful Video Guide

Maria Sherman & Thomas Nassiff write in fuse
22 Music Festivals You Need To Attend In 2016

Arminta Wallace writes in The Irish Times
What's on: The festival guide for 2016: Ireland guide to the best arts events and festivals

Come party with Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley & Many more, right on the beach!
April 15-17, 2016 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Top 10 Music Festivals: Winter 2016 Power Rankings

Everyone has a favorite season. Some people like spring, when snow melts and flowers bloom. Some people are into autumn, with all the leaves changing colors and apple cider and shit. I personally like Season of the Witch (2011), the fantasy adventure film starring Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman. My close second favorite is festival season, and if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance it’s one of your favorites, too. Lucky for you and I, this year’s festival season is shaping up to be one of the best in recent memory.

Read more at CoS

Music Festivals That Actually Have Really Good Food

There are plenty of reasons why rallying for multiday music festivals is worth it. (Hint: they all involve food.) Linked below are six festivals serving up tasty dishes. Because no one can listen to a roster of bands for 72 hours straight when they're hangry.

Read more on Pop Sugar

David Bowie - New Music to be Released by 2017

Three days after the recent death of David Bowie, the British singer’s longtime producer, Tony Visconti, said in an interview with Rolling Stone that Bowie had been planning a new album shortly before he died and had written and recorded demos of at least five songs.

The news of the unreleased music from Bowie provided some comfort for the millions of fans still mourning the singer. But Visconti’s revelation also prompted questions among fans and even people who knew Bowie well and did not want his publicly available work to end with his last album, Blackstar, which was released two days before his death on January 10. What other products of Bowie’s often highly productive imagination are in his archives?

Read more on Newsweek.com

East Coast music festivals to catch this summer

There ain’t no cure for the wintertime blues, so start looking forward to the sounds of summer. Many of the biggest music festivals of the year have already released lineups and tickets.  Here are the best music festivals to check out on the East Coast.

Read more on The Daily News

Clearwater Festival cancelled in 2016 due to financial trouble

Croton, New York's annual Clearwater Festival will not be returning this year. The Clearwater environmental organization, which was founded by the late Pete Seeger and puts on the festival, is in financial trouble, and though revenue from the festival would help them, they're saying it will be too expensive to put together right now.

Announcement from the website:

We are saddened to announce that Clearwater will not be holding its Great Hudson River Revival this year. As you may have heard, the sloop is undergoing its largest restoration ever. It is a restoration that costs $5,000 a day and will run until at least June 2016. We must take this time to focus our effort on making sure the boat can sail again this year. The sloop Clearwater is the foundation of our organization, the vessel that brings people to the Hudson River and an inspiration to all who love her. Our work to protect the Hudson River is still our primary mission.
While we will not be having a Revival this year, we will be holding a number of smaller fundraising concerts and events up and down the River throughout the year, and hope to have a larger riverside concert in the fall. Stay tuned and please join us!
If it were not for our members, volunteers, vendors, artists, and many supporters, there would not be a Clearwater. We appreciate your unwavering support as we navigate this difficult time. We ask you to stay with us so that we can Float the Boat and come back stronger next year with a celebration truly worthy of 50 years and an incredible Great Hudson River Revival in 2017.