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Patti Smith at SummerStage in Central Park

Patti Smith and her band Jackson Smith and Jesse Paris Smith honoring Fred Sonic Smith
Thursday, September 14, 2017

7:30 pm – 10:00 pm (Doors open 6:00 pm)

Central Park

Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 10021

PATTI SMITH

Patti Smith, born in Chicago and raised in South Jersey, migrated to New York in 1967. In 1975 Patti Smith’s first recording, Horses, was inducted into the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress in 2010 by The Library of Congress by the National Recording Preservation Board. Her subsequent albums are Radio Ethiopia, Easter, and Wave, Dream of Life, Gone Again, Peace and Noise, Gung Ho, trampin, Land, twelve,Banga. Outside Society, and Horses/Horses.  She is a four time Grammy nominee, most recently nominated for a 2017 Grammy for the spoken word recording of her latest book M Train, and a Golden Globe nominee for the song Mercy Is from the film Noah.

Author of the acclaimed memoir, Just Kids, which chronicled her friendship and journey in art with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith was awarded the 2010 National Book Award.  Her other books include Witt, Babel, Coral Sea, Woolgathering, Auguries of Innocence, Collected Lyrics, and the 2015 publication of M Train.

Patti Smith’s art has been exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide. Represented by the Robert Miller Gallery in New York since 1978, her exhibitions include Strange Messenger, Land 250, Camera Solo, and most recently “18 Stations”.  Steven Sebring’s 2008 documentary, dream of life: the movie, was acknowledged internationally and received an Emmy nomination.

As well as a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Patti Smith also holds the honor of  “Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture, and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Rowan State University, Pratt Institute of Art, and the School of Art Institute Chicago.  Patti Smith was honored by ASCAP with the Founders Award, representing lifetime achievement, and the recipient of Sweden’s Polar Award that is an international acknowledgement for significant achievements in music.

February 7, 2013, Smith was awarded the Katharine Hepburn Medal from Bryn Mawr College, which recognizes women whose lives, work and contributions embody the same drive and accomplishments as the four-time winning actress.  On May 18, 2014, Barnard College Board of Trustees will present Patti Smith with their Medal of Distinction that honors individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their communities, and their careers. On November 1, 2014 Patti accepted the Chicago Tribune Literary Award.

September 2016 Patti Smith delivered the keynote address at Yale’s Windham-Campbell Literature Prize ceremony, in which she delivered a lecture titled “Devotion” which will be published by Yale University Press in 2017 as part of the prize’s “Why Write” series.  In November 2016 she was awarded the Burke Medal for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts in Trinity College, Dublin.

2017 Events feature: February 8–June 4, 2017 at the Dulwich Picture Gallery featuring Patti Smith Photographs in Vanessa Bell 1879-1961 exhibit.  May 5thexhibit Higher Learning in Parma, Italy, where Patti Smith will receive the prestigious Laurea Honoris Causa.  April 2017 Australian tour with her band.

Patti Smith continues to write, perform readings, work on artistic projects, and lends support for human right issues. Current tour dates and other information is posted on pattismith.net

As You Like It at the Delacorte Theater

With Ato Blankson-Wood (Orlando), Darius de Haas (Duke Senior), Rebecca Naomi Jones (Rosalind), Joel Perez (Touchstone), and Shaina Taub (Jaques)

Community Partners: Brownsville Recreation Center (Brooklyn), Center for Family Life in Sunset Park (Brooklyn), DreamYard Project (Bronx), Fortune Society (Queens), and Military Resilience Project (all boroughs), along with alumni partners Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, Children’s Aid Society and Domestic Workers United.

Cameo Groups: Bronx Wrestling Federation, Freedom Dabka Group, Harambee Dance Company, and The Sing Harlem Choir.

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ABOUT PUBLIC WORKS: Theater of, by and for the people.

PUBLIC WORKS is a major initiative of The Public Theater that seeks to engage the people of New York by making them creators and not just spectators. Working deeply with partner organizations in all five boroughs, Public Works invites members of diverse communities to participate in workshops, take classes, attend performances at The Public, and, most importantly, to join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theater.

Under the leadership of Director Lear deBessonet, PUBLIC WORKS deliberately blurs the line between professional artists and community members, creating theater that is not only for the people, but by and of the people as well.

Phil Lesh at SummerStage in Central Park

PHIL LESH & THE TERRAPIN FAMILY BAND FEATURING ROSS JAMES, GRAHAME LESH, JASON CROSBY, AND ALEX KOFORD WITH SPECIAL GUESTS MELVIN SEALS AND NICKI BLUHM

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Doors open 4:30 pm)

Central Park

Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 10021

Founding member of The Grateful Dead and latest band project fuse together folk & psych rock to perform a set of Jerry Garcia Band music plus a full set of Dead tunes and more

PHIL LESH & THE TERRAPIN FAMILY BAND

Like so many other musical endeavors that Phil Lesh of The Grateful Dead has been a part of, The Terrapin Family Band grew naturally and spontaneously out of something special. In this case, it was the unique environment that he fostered at Terrapin Crossroads, the music venue that he recently opened in Marin County, CA.

Using The Grateful Dead songbook as a springboard for reinterpretation and as an inspiration to create original materal, the TFB musicians were inspired as much by one another as they were by the diverse group of influences that they brought to the table; as a result, the music conveyed friendship, respect, warmth, and companionship for listeners and performers alike.

Featuring Ross James, Grahame Lesh, Jason Crosby, and Alex Koford with special guests Melvin Seals and Nicki Bluhm

Valerie June at SummerStage in Central Park

VALERIE JUNE / ALOYSIUS 3 / JALEN N’GONDA / DJ BOOGIE BLIND

Sunday, August 27, 2017

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Doors open 5:00 pm)

Central Park

Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 10021

Singularly unique voice that blurs the lines between genres and eras, resulting in an eclectic blend of folk, soul, country, R&B and blues

VALERIE JUNE

It’s rare to encounter someone whose voice is as universally extolled as Valerie June’s. The colossally talented, Tennessee-raised singer-songwriter took the music realm by soulful storm with her 2013 bombshell hit album Pushin’ Against a Stone. Heralded as one of America’s “most intriguing, fully formed new talents” by The New York Times, and ruled “Unstoppable” by Rolling Stone (along with countless other accolades from esteemed music publications), June had truly arrived. Not one to rush things (she has a remarkable affinity for, and appreciation of, ‘time,’ and the transient nature of being), she spent the following years cultivating and developing her sophomore release, The Order of Time. The unadulterated success of her first album gave June the confidence and freedom to experiment with forms and genre, evidenced on this swirling blues, soul, country, R&B and folk masterpiece of a follow-up. Listen for her inventive use of banjos on multiple tracks, for a glimpse into her brilliant musical psyche.


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