June 5, 2006
Press Contact: Marian Skokan
THE SPIRIT OF THE BLUES FROM AROUND THE WORLD SHINES AT
LINCOLN CENTER OUT OF DOORS 2006
100 free performances of music, dance, theater, and more!
Eddie Palmieri, Mavis Staples, Sonny Rollins, Percy Sledge,
Randy Weston, Garth Fagan Dance, Martha Graham Dance Company, The Dirty Dozen Brass
Celebrating its 36th season, from August 4-27, Lincoln Center Out of Doors will
present more than 100 free performances of music, dance, family and special events.
For three weeks, Lincoln Center's plazas will teem with exciting performances by
international, U.S. and local artists, celebrating "The Spirit of the Blues"
expressed across a range of cultures and art forms. Representing American Blues and
Jazz are Randy Weston, (an 80th-Birthday celebration), New Orleans' famous The Dirty
Dozen Brass Band, and legendary Jazz master Sonny Rollins. Other highlights are
"American Blues Raises the Roof," with a host of musical artists; a double-bill
featuring African-American contemporary dance companies Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel
Performance Group and Lula Washington Dance Theatre of Los Angeles and more.
International "Blues" forms like Spanish Flamenco and Portuguese Fado take the stage
in a knock-out concert, "The International Spirit of the Blues." Music and dance
ensembles from Africa (Kusun Ensemble and Kaleta and Zozo AfroBeat) and South
America (Perú Negro) will share in the Blues spirit.
Beyond the Blues, Out of Doors will offer its annual eclectic line-up-modern dance,
puppet pageants, dances on stilts and scaffolds, sunset chamber concerts, a Chinese
traditional tea party, a daylong Caribbean Carnival, and more. Highlights include:
Martha Graham Dance Company; Eddie Palmieri and La Perfecta II; acclaimed Indian
violinist Dr. L. Subramaniam; "Roots of American Music," with, among others, Soul
and R&B greats Eddie Floyd and Percy Sledge, great lady of gospel Mavis Staples and
country-soul great Marty Stuart; We B*Girlz, a break dance challenge featuring
all-female ("b-girl") crews; La Casita , two days of spoken word, music and dance;
and two site-specific performance pieces commissioned by Lincoln Center Out of
All events are FREE. Complete events listing and Chronology, follow.
A LINCOLN CENTER OUT OF DOORS schedule is available NOW, online at
. To request a brochure, call 212-LINCOLN.
Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2006 is sponsored by Bloomberg and PepsiCo Inc.
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Sonny Rollins Lula Washington Tiempo Libre Crowds on
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* Lincoln Center Out of Doors Press Release
Photo caption information:
Photo 1 - Sonny Rollins
Photo 2 - Nicole Smith of the Lula Washington Dance Theatre
Photo 3 - Tiempo Libre, photo by J. Henry Fair
Photo 4 - Crowds enjoying a performance on Josie Robertson Plaza, photo by Jane Hoffer