Lincoln Center Presents American Songbook
March 12–April 12, 2024
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Join us for the return of Lincoln Center's American Songbook, a celebration of a shared musical inheritance by some of the most fearless and exciting storytellers in song today. This year’s program spotlights historic change-makers and contemporary artist-advocates—embracing individuality and personal identity through performance.
Songs From the Hippy Counterculture (1963-1975)
March 13 at 8:30 pm
At the peak of their powers, Justin Vivian Bond performs songs by Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, Tim Buckley, Bob Dylan, Judee Sill, and more.
All events are Choose-What-You-Pay or FREEIn order to make our events more accessible to more people and to center equity and inclusion in every aspect of our field, all American Songbook performances are FREE—with General Admission and priority Fast Track options—or Choose-What-You-Pay. Please refer to the dedicated event page of the show you’d like to attend to confirm ticketing options. Learn more about ticketing options here »
Staging a revolution in song
Performances that embrace truth and freedomLincoln Center’s American Songbook uplifts contemporary and legendary storytellers who are unabashedly themselves while inspiring others to do the same. On March 13, the earth-shaking powerhouse Justin Vivian Bond performs songs from the hippy counterculture at The Appel Room. In honor of Women's History Month, AFROPUNK returns to Lincoln Center with a musical and poetic tribute to Phillis Wheatley Peters, author and figurehead for the abolitionist movement. Soon after, the incomparable Deaf Broadway brings Jonathan Larson’s RENT to the stage, vividly performed in American Sign Language.
Artists who dare to dream of a better futureExperience groundbreaking voices and projects that redefine what’s possible, on stage and off. Afrofuturist Nona Hendryx opens this year’s series with an evening of music integrating human and machine as co-artist. LGBTQIA+ icons, the Indigo Girls, ignite David Geffen Hall, performing their timeless anthems and sharing the stories behind them. Rising folk star Crys Matthews performs protest songs with depth and exquisite clarity—for free at the Atrium on March 30. For two nights at The Appel Room, the Obie Award-winning jazz musical, Running Man, gets a full concert performance at this overdue recording of its cast album.
Music that unites us allThe artistry on our stages reflects musical genres as wide and diverse as the American people. Following a turn as a finalist on The Voice, countertenor John Holiday shines bright in a solo concert of classical and pop selections at The Appel Room. Artist-activist Jeremy Dutcher shares his latest album, Motewolonuwok—a moving exploration of contemporary Indigeneity and his place within it. Then on April 6, the Unscripted Live interview series celebrates the Freedom to Dance with career-spanning interviews with Melba Moore and Kathy Sledge, whose voices have both shaped the liberating power of dance music.
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Honoring American visionaries
April 6 at the David Rubenstein Atrium
March 22 at The Appel Room
Thanks to Our Supporters
Hip-Hop and contemporary arts programming made possible by Nike
American Songbook is supported by PGIM, Global Asset Management
Corporate Support is provided by Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.
Additional support is provided by Barbara H. Block