Running Aug. 5-23, the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival offers New Yorkers free arts programming on the plazas of the Lincoln Center Complex and at the Damrosch Park bandshell.
The three-week festival begins Aug. 5 at 7 PM with the debut of the Asphalt Orchestra, performing premiere commissions from Passing Strange's Stew and Heidi Rodewald, as well as Goran Bregovic and Tyondai Braxton. Performances will also include the works of Björk, Meshuggah, Charles Mingus, Colon Nancarrow and Frank Zappa. Susan Marshall will choreograph.
The opening night will also feature The Dave Brubeck Quartet with guests Simon Shaheen and Amir ElSaffar leading the New York debut of his Two Rivers Large Ensemble.
Additional programming highlights include Hip Hop Generation Next on Aug. 6 at 6 PM, which will showcase b-boy culture from across the world, including artists from Philadelphia, Chicago and Seoul, as well as a rap crew from Sierra Leone, Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew.
The Plastic People of the Universe, who were not only part of the "Velvet Revolution," but also figure into Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll, will appear on Aug. 14 at 7:30 PM. On Aug. 19 at 7 PM, Stew and Heidi Rodewald will join singer Tanya Tagaq for The Broadway Problem, in which the duo will deconstruct some of their favorite Broadway songs and perform their original work.
On Aug. 22 at 2 PM, Lizz Wright, The Holmes Brothers, Marie Knight, Tommy Sands and Calypso Rose will present In the Spirit of Odetta; while on Aug. 23 at 3 PM, Lincoln Center will present Four Women, A Tribute to Odetta, Miriam Makeba, Abbey Lincoln and Eartha Kitt, featuring Jayne Cortez, Tamar-Kali, Abena Koomson and Alkebulan.
Family programming will include a special kid-friendly performance of the Beatles' album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," performed by a 30-piece orchestra, entitled Bubbles do Beatles, on Aug. 15 at 3 PM.
For a complete listing of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival, visit LincolnCenter.org