It doesn't feel like summer is around the corner, but it is, and Lincoln Center is announcing its Lincoln Center Out of Doors lineup of free performances. Patti Smith will be kicking things off on July 20th, offering "A Night of Words and Music."
Other performer include: Ladysmith Black Mambazo on July 21st; Darlene Love on July 23rd; Salsa duo Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz on July 24th; AFROPUNK's Girrrl Riot on July 27th; Nigerian pop star Davido and Antibalas on July 29th; flamenco company Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca on August 3rd (it's a specially commissioned work); and, for the final event on August 13th, the premiere of David Lang's "the public domain," a co-presentation from the Mostly Mozart Festival, which is "a site-specific work performed by a chorus of up to 1,000 volunteer amateur and professional singers on Josie Robertson Plaza."
July 23rd is Family Day, with performances from Illstyle & Peace and Dance Theatre of Harlem, and between July 7th and August 7th there will be 15 "micro-concerts" (they are 15 minutes long) from Mostly Mozart Artists-in Residence International Contemporary Ensemble.
Also, on July 30th, there's "The Bells: A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed;" the press release notes the program is "featuring a mass tai-chi session, a sound installation, afternoon concerts, readings, and an evening concert in Damrosch Park followed by the late-night screening of Julian Schnabel's film Berlin. The special tribute to the late musician and consummate New Yorker is curated by Reed's wife, Laurie Anderson, and Hal Willner, his longtime producer."
All performances at at Lincoln Center; see the schedule here.