Americanafest In NYC


The Americana Music Association and Lincoln Center have partnered for the first time to present Americanafest NYC, a music and film experience taking place August 4-10 during Lincoln Center’s free Summer music program, Out of Doors, now in its 44th season.

Americanafest NYC will present concerts by a range of artists from a variety of genres including Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Gospel, Blues, Jazz, Rock and R&B. Also offered will be film screenings, a related photo exhibition by Music Maker Relief Foundation and a symposium exploring the elders and their legacies finding new expression among younger generations of musicians.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the American Music Association this summer,” said Jill Sternheimer, Producer, Public Programming for Lincoln Center. “The organization, led by Jed Hilly, is at the epicenter of a vital movement bringing together new voices, celebrated icons, and eager audiences. Our initial thought was for Americana to be represented at our annual ‘Roots of American Music’ weekend but we realized that this music is such a part of the country’s cultural canon, that a full week of programming was the way to go.”

“After receiving the invitation from Lincoln Center to co-curate this event, my first call was to invite Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris, who’ve been champions of our cause,” said Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association. “Rodney called me back within minutes and said, ‘Let’s do it.’ We are truly humbled by artists’ support and the acknowledgement of our work by America’s greatest cultural institution, Lincoln Center.”

All events are free with no tickets required. Events take place on Lincoln Center’s Plazas between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues, from West 62nd Street to West 65th Street (except where noted).


7:30 PM at Damrosch Park Bandshell 

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

Robert Ellis


7:30 PM at David Rubenstein Atrium

Tift Merritt with Eric Heywood


7:30 PM at Damrosch Park Bandshell

Cassandra Wilson

The Campbell Brothers: A Sacred Steel Love Supreme (World Premiere; 50th anniversary celebration of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme commissioned by Lincoln Center Out of Doors)

Featuring visuals by Brock Monroe, Joshua Light Show collaborator


1:00 PM at Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater

Heroes of American Roots: From the Historic Films Archives

1:30 PM at Hearst Plaza

Old 97’s

The Devil Makes Three

John Fullbright

4:00 PM at Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater

Heroes of American Roots: From the Historic Films Archives

6:00 PM – Damrosch Park Bandshell

Rosanne Cash

The Lone Bellow

Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale


1:00 PM at David Rubenstein Atrium


Heroes of American Roots: From the Historic Films Archives introduced by Joe Lauro

5:00 PM at Damroch Park Bandshell

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinnaires

St. Paul & the Broken Bones

Bobby Patterson

Music Maker Blues Revue*

Featuring Dom Flemons, Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, Ironing Board Sam

Presented in association with the Music Maker Relief Foundation

*Related Exhibition

July 9–August 29, 2014 at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center and Corridor Gallery

We Are the Music Makers

Exhibition Hours: 12–8 Monday and Thursday; 12–6 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Closed Sunday.


Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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