**Lincoln Out of Door is another one of NYC's great summer music series, featuring free shows nearly every day of the week. Below are some of the best ones for the first half of the program**
Thursday, July 29 at 7:00pm: DJA-Rara @ Josie Robertson Plaza
Thursday, July 29 at 7:30pm: Ansanm (In Love We Stand) Ft. Emeline Michel, Beethova Obas, BélO, Zili Misik, and Peniel Guerrier in collaboration with the Mikerline Dance Company @ Damrosch Park Bandshell
The music of Haiti has served multiple life-affirming tasks for its people: revelry, resilience, and resistance. Emeline Michel, known on the island as the First Lady of Haitian Song, gathers several star performers for a celebration that’s as much about artistic solidarity as it is about spiritual healing. In the hands of troubadours BélO and Beethova Obas, heated rhythms become smoothly mellifluous, while the all-woman troupe Zili Misik forges a Creolized connection between Haiti’s ancestral mizik rasin and other New World styles like jazz, reggae, Afro-Cuban son, and samba. Peniel Guerrier and the Mikerline Dance Company serve as ambassadors of Haitian culture through masterful traditional dance.
Friday, July 30 at 7:30pm:Nona Hendryx and Nicholas Leichter Dance with Monstah Black: THE WHIZ: Over the Rainbow @ Damrosch Park Bandshell
Nona Hendryx has been a maverick at every stage of her shape-shifting career, from early days with girlgroup The Bluebelles to scoring hits as a co-founder of black rock/funk superstars Labelle to charming the underground with her raucous ingenuity and songwriting prowess. Featuring choreography by Nicholas Leichter, and an adapted score by Monstah Black with added selections, The Whiz is a fierce, full-spectrum original show of song, dance, and theatrical extravaganza. Ease on down the road to recession, and back from the brink of fantasy, in this remix of The Wizard of Oz for the Obama generation.
Wednesday, August 4 at 7:30pm: Robert Glasper Experiment with Q-Tip, Bilal, and Jose James' Blackmagic @ Damrosch Park Bandshell
Brilliant keyboardist Robert Glasper is on a mission to bring jazz to the masses by infusing it with chordal dynamism and beat consciousness. His band, the Experiment, is as comfortable swinging hot bebop riffs as it is laying down the funk for this evening’s superstar guests, hip-hop philosopher MC Q-Tip and neo-soul singer Bilal. Vocal powerhouse José James’ rich baritone retains the sparkle of jazz traditionalism even as it charms revelers on the dance-club circuit.
Thursday, August 5 at 7:30pm: 80th Birthday Celebration - Paul Taylor Dance Company and Taylor 2 @ Damrosch Park BandshellCelebrate the 80th birthday of a true giant of modern dance with both of his esteemed dance companies sharing a program for the first time
Friday, August 6 at 7:00pm: Asphalt Orchestra @ Josie Robertson Plaza
Also: Saturday, August 7 at 6:00pm @ Hearst Plaza and Sunday, August 8 at 6:00pm @ Broadway Plaza
An iconoclastic 12-piece marching band conceived by Bang on a Can, the Asphalt Orchestra performs ambitious processional music from every corner of the world. Its selections have the ability to coax funk from the funereal and turn a halftime show into a marvel of sophistication. Featuring world premiere commissions by Yoko Ono and David Byrne with Annie Clark. Movement by Susan Marshall and Mark DeChiazza. Uniforms by Elizabeth Hope Clancy.
Saturday, August 7 at 7:00pm, Balkan Beat Box and Mucca Pazza @ Damrosch Park Bandshell
The globetrotting brainchild of drummer-producer Tamir Muskat, sax monarch Ori Kaplan, and dynamic MC Tomer Yosef, Balkan Beat Box transforms equal parts Balkan-Mediterranean traditions, punk intensity, electronic cool, jazz discipline, and hiphop attitude into a globalist groove extravaganza.The astounding 30-plus member circus punk marching band Mucca Pazza bulks up anarchic brass arrangements with gloriously mischievous polyphony. And cheerleaders.