New York City’s Lincoln Center could be considered one of the most richly diverse artistic venues in the world. The 16-acre complex located just a few blocks north of Columbus Circle in Manhattan’s Upper East Side is used to hosting performances from highly regarded arts organizations including the New York Philharmonic, the Met Opera, the New York City Ballet and the Juilliard School, just to name a few.
The artistic campus is about to diversify the sounds echoing throughout its picturesque grounds this summer, as Lincoln Center’s “Out of Doors” 2018 schedule of performers and events was announced earlier this week. The three-week, outdoor performance series will begin on July 24 and run until Aug. 12, as it returns for another summer to provide New Yorkers with free performances ranging from music and spoken word to various styles of dance and visual art. The majority of the 23-total nightly events will take place at either Damrosch Park or Hearst Plaza, and this year’s lineup of performers looks pretty impressive for anyone who is adventurous enough to come out and experience it all.
Some of the more mainstream names involved in the outdoor series in 2018 includes Wu-Tang Clan founding member RZA, who will be presenting his updated score of the Shaw Brothers’ 1978 martial arts film, “The 36th Chamber of Shaolin,” which will also include a screening to coincide with the music on July 24. Another popular name found on the schedule of events is pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen, who along with Jamila Woods and members of I’m With Her, will be discussing “highlighting voices often relegated to its margins,” as part of NPR’s Turning the Tables Live: 21st-Century Edition on Aug. 1. Former former J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf is set to take fans on "a tour de force excursion through the landscape of American music."
Fans of Tejano music will also be pleased to know that the late pop crossover star Selena Quintanilla-Pérez will be honored by a mix of notable up-and-coming Latinx musicians on July 26 with “Selena for Sanctuary,” which features performances by Mon Laferte, Cuco, "Tiny Desk Concert" alum Nina Diaz, Omar Apollo, and August Eve.
To learn more about this year’s “Out of Doors” performance series, fans can visit the festival’s official website for a detailed breakdown of the schedule and its performers.
Just announced! #LCOutOfDoors returns for three weeks of 🆓 music, dance, spoken word, and more. Check out the lineup and mark your calendars to join us beginning July 24! >> https://t.co/bCAPHIBV08 🎶 pic.twitter.com/i8BfIzl9gu— Lincoln Center (@LincolnCenter) May 8, 2018