The Spirit of the Savoy Ballroom

Ariana DeBose: Authenticity

The Paradise Garage: Reimagined by C'mon Everybody

Café Society at The Appel Room

A Little Touch of Rateliff

¡VAYA! Dance Night at the Palladium


Here is a place you belong

Experience the Songbook from today's leading voices

Your new David Geffen Hall sets the stage for this year's headlining concerts. On April 1, Nathaniel Rateliff sings the American Songbook and the songs of Harry Nilsson, breathing new life into contemporary folk rock—welcoming soul, country, gospel, and Broadway. Soon after, on April 8, Oscar winner Ariana DeBose (West Side Story) premieres Authenticity, a new Broadway and pop musical revue packed with mashups, medleys, and candid storytelling.

NYC's revolutionary cabaret, Café Society, comes back to life

Join us on April 5–7 for three evenings of music and comedy conceived by multiple Tony Award-winning director George C. Wolfe. Each night, audiences in the stunning Appel Room will be taken back in time to Café Society—one of the first integrated nightclubs in the country and birth place of Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit”—for a unique cabaret starring: the Matt Ray Trio, Rizo and Ikechukwu Ufomadu, Mykal Kilgore and Aminah Imani, and Raye Zaragoza and Jordan Carlos.

The spirit of legendary dance clubs and ballrooms awakens

Also conceived by George C. Wolfe, this April, the David Rubenstein Atrium is transformed into the hottest, most influential dance clubs and ballrooms that New York City ever encountered. Be transported to a 1970s disco at the famed gay underground scene of Paradise Garage; swing up to Harlem's Savoy Ballroom for a hot jazz big band; and dance the mambo with Tito Rodríguez, Jr., playing Palladium Ballroom-era classics with a contemporary twist. All at the Atrium. All for FREE!

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About the series

American Songbook: A Place You Belong is inspired by legendary and culture-changing New York City music halls and dance clubs from eras long gone, but never forgotten. Learn More »

Plan your visit

Explore this year's venues, parking options, how to get here, accommodations, and contact information. Learn More »

Tatiana by Kwame Onwuachi

Before your show, check out our newest on-campus restaurant, Tatiana by Kwame Onwuachi—featuring a tapestry of New York City-inspired cuisines. Learn More »

Thanks to Our Supporters

Lead Support for American Songbook is made possible by Holland America Line, celebrating their 150th Anniversary
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Corporate Support is provided by PGIM

Additional support is provided by Barbara H. Block and The Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation