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Americana Music Association℠ Announces Fourth Annual Line-Up for AMERICANAFEST NYC

Americana Music Association℠ Announces Fourth Annual Line-Up for AMERICANAFEST NYC

// 7.10.17

The Americana Music Association℠ presents Annual Roots of American Music Weekend AMERICANAFEST NYC in association with Lincoln Center Out of Doors August 12–13

Featuring Bonnie Raitt, The Jayhawks, Don Bryant, Traveller, Flaco Jiménez, Amanda Shires, and Low Cut Connie Plus A Celebration of Chuck Berry with musical director Vernon Reid Free outdoor summer festival runs July 26–August 13

NEW YORK (July 10, 2017) — The Americana Music Association℠ unveils today the lineup for its Roots of American Music Weekend, highlighted for the fourth year by AMERICANAFEST NYC, presented in association with Lincoln Center Out of Doors, one of the country’s longest-running, free summer outdoor festivals. Taking place August 12 and 13, the artist lineup includes performances by Bonnie Raitt, The Jayhawks, Don Bryant, Traveller, Flaco Jiménez, Amanda Shires, and Low Cut Connie. The weekend also features a special Celebration of Chuck Berry with music director Vernon Reid. See below for details of each concert.

The 47th edition of the Out of Doors festival runs July 26–August 13, filling the Lincoln Center campus with a diverse range of music, dance, spoken word, and family events featuring dozens of artists from across the city, country, and world, all completely free and open to the public. Full programming for Lincoln Center Out of Doors available separately here.

Lincoln Center has also joined forces with renowned restaurants and notable chefs to offer a broad range of culinary offerings to accompany its outdoor summer programming. Full info available here.





Flaco Jiménez

Amanda Shires

Saturday, August 12 at 2:00pm

Hearst Plaza

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.



The Jayhawks

A Celebration of Chuck Berry with musical director Vernon Reid

Low Cut Connie

Saturday, August 12 at 6:00pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

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.



Bonnie Raitt

Don Bryant

Sunday, August 13 at 7:00pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

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.

All events are free with no tickets required. Events take place on Lincoln Center’s plazas between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, from West 62nd Street to West 65th Street (except where noted). For more information, please visit or


All events are FREE; no tickets required.

Events take place on Lincoln Center’s campus between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, from West 62nd Street to West 65th Street (except where noted). Subway: 1 to 66th Street–Lincoln Center OR the A, B, C, D, and 1 to 59th Street–Columbus Circle.

Visit for complete schedulePerformance locations:

Performance locations:


West 62nd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues


Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets



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


The Americana Music Association℠ is a professional nonprofit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The association produces events throughout the year, including AMERICANAFEST℠: The Americana Music Festival & Conference and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program. The Americana Music AssociationSM receives enormous support from the Tennessee Department of Tourism, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, Epiphone, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Music City Networks, ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC. For more information, please visit


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 for the Performing Arts (LCPA) 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, The Performing Arts Hall of Fame at Lincoln Center, 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 41 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, 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, School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Lincoln Center has become a leading force in using new media and technology to reach and inspire a wider and global audience. Reaching audiences where they are—physically and digitally—has become a cornerstone of making the performing arts more accessible to New Yorkers and beyond. The reimagination of David Geffen Hall will play an important part in these efforts. For more information, visit

Lincoln Center is committed to providing and improving accessibility for people with disabilities. For information, call the Department of Programs and Services for People with Disabilities at 212.875.5375.


Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2017 is made possible by Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council, the Friends of Lincoln Center, and Young Patrons of Lincoln Center.

Public support for Out of Doors 2017 provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Operation of Lincoln Center’s public plazas is supported in part with public funds provided by the City of New York.

Endowment support is provided by PepsiCo Foundation.

Additional endowment support provided by The Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Foundation. American Airlines is the Official Airline of Lincoln Center

Nespresso is the Official Coffee of Lincoln Center NewYork-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital of Lincoln Center

“Summer at Lincoln Center” is supported by Pepsi Zero Sugar Artist Catering provided by Zabar’s and Family Weekend is supported by Disney

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For more information about The Americana Music Association℠, please contact Jackie Marushka at Marushka Media, 615.417.6500,, or Bryan Ros at the Americana Music Association℠, 615.386.6936,

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