Of all the free outdoor music events in NYC happening this summer, one of the best is the Americanafest NYC, celebrating American roots music, happening now at the beautiful Damrosch Park located at Lincoln Center. Wednesday night, the Godmother of Americana and alt country, Emmylou Harris and her long time musical collaborator of 40 years, Rodney Crowell, kicked off this awesome festival. They played a variety of material from country music standards, Gram Parsons and Townes Van Zandt covers, as well as some Emmylou and Rodney originals. Emmylou and co. definitely tore it up, ending with the audience rockin’ to their feet with a standing ovation. 


The roots themed party continued last night with the fabulous Tift Merrit who delivered a twangy, kick ass set. There’s also symposiums and other Americana related exhibitions to attend. Check out the listing below for the full schedule of who else is playing at the concert series. Damrosch Park entrance is on West 62nd Street and Amsterdam Avenue.




Damrosch Park Bandshell

Cassandra Wilson

The Campbell Brothers: 

Featuring visuals by Brock Monroe, Joshua Light Show collaborator



1PM and 4PM

Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater

Heroes of American Roots: From the Historic Films Archives



Hearst Plaza

The Devil Makes Three



Damrosch Park Bandshell

Rosanne Cash

The Lone Bellow

Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale

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David Rubenstein Atrium


Heroes of Americana: From the Historic Film Archives introduced by Joe Lauro

Talkin’ Blues: Music Makers Relief Foundation’s Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, Ironing Board Sam and Tim Duffy in conversation with Dom Flemons.



Damrosch Park Bandshell

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires

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


We Are the Music Makers

July 9–August 29, 2014

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

Corridor Gallery

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


By Michael Levine.

Images courtesy Americanafest.

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