Asphalt Orchestra Kicks Off Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival Aug. 5

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The 2009 Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, featuring Stew, Heidi Rodewald, the Ashpalt Orchestra and the Plastic People of the Universe, launches Aug. 5 at Lincoln Center's Broadway Plaza.
Stew and Heidi Rodewald
Stew and Heidi Rodewald Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Running through Aug. 23 at the Lincoln Center Complex and the Damrosch Park bandshell, the festival is presented free of charge.

Opening night features the world premiere of the Asphalt Orchestra, performing premiere commissions from Passing Strange's Stew and Heidi Rodewald, as well as Goran Bregovic and Tyondai Braxton. Performances also include the works of Björk, Meshuggah, Charles Mingus, Colon Nancarrow and Frank Zappa. Susan Marshall choreographs the 7 PM evening.

At 7:30 PM, the Out of Doors Fest presents the Dave Brubeck Quartet with guests Simon Shaheen and Amir ElSaffar leading the New York debut of his Two Rivers Large Ensemble in Damrosch Park.

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 join singer Tanya Tagaq for The Broadway Problem, in which the duo 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 includes 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 Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival events, visit

Asphalt Orchestra
Asphalt Orchestra Photo by Stephanie Berger
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