The 36-year-old festival runs August 4-27 at the Damrosch Park Bandshell and elsewhere on the Lincoln Center campus. The theme is "the Spirit of the Blues," expressed through blues, jazz, gospel, soul, rock, and other American music as well as Portuguese Fado, Moroccan Rai, and other musical cousins from around the world.
Music includes a performance by Latin jazz bandleader Eddie Palmieri; a meeting of pianists Cyrus Chestnut, Junior Mance, and Arturo O'Farill; and an evening of blues with drummer Chico Hamilton, bassist Buster Williams, and others. An 80th-birthday celebration for Weston will include saxophonists Billy Harper and Dewey Redman. The annual Roots of American Music Festival, which takes place August 19 and 20, will include Sledge, Eddie Floyd, Mavis Staples, and other luminaries of gospel, blues, and folk.
Dance companies on the schedule include the Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Garth Fagan Dance, and Per‹ Negro. Special events include the annual Playday, a day of interactive activities for kids, on August 5.
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