Americanafest NYC Adds Educational Symposium

New York City’s Americanafest has added an educational symposium to its line-up of events. The symposium, held at Lincoln Center, will discuss the legacy of American music and the convergence of older generations of performers and modern artists.

Videos by American Songwriter

Films featured in the symposium include Heroes of Americana: From the Historic Films Archives and Talkin’ Blues: Music Maker Relief Foundation’s Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, Ironing Board Sam, Dom Flemons, and Tim Duffy. In addition,Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale will do a  live taping of their popular Sirius XM radio broadcast  the “Buddy and Jim Show.” 

The weeklong festival, scheduled for August 4-10, will include 15 concerts and several film premieres. Featured performers include:  Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Robert Ellis, Devil Makes Three, Old 97’s, John Fullbright, Rosanne Cash, Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, The Lone Bellow, and  St. Paul & The Broken Bones and more.

Accompanying the symposium is an exhibit at The New York Public Library called We Are The Music Makers, honoring the history of Southern music. The exhibit will run July 9 – August 24.

All events are free and require no ticket unless otherwise specified. For more information and a complete list of events visit

Nashville’s Americanafest will take place the weekend of September 17-21. See a list of artists scheduled to perform.

Monday, August 4
6:30 pm
The Winding Steam (New York Premiere)

Tuesday, August 5
6:30 pm
The 78 Movie Project (New York Premiere)

Wednesday, August 6
7:30 pm
Damrosch Park Bandshell
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Robert Ellis

Thursday, August 7
7:30 pm
David Rubenstein Atrium
Tift Merritt with Eric Heywood

Friday, August 8
7:30 pm
Damrosch Park Bandshell
Cassandra Wilson
The Campbell Brothers: A Sacred Steel Love Supreme (World Premiere; 50th anniversary celebration of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme commissioned by Lincoln Center Out of Doors)

Saturday, August 9
1:00 pm and 4:00 pm.
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater
Heroes of American Roots: From the Historic Films Archives
1:30 pm
Hearst Plaza
The Devil Makes Three
Old 97’s
John Fullbright
6:00 pm
Damrosch Park Bandshell
Rosanne Cash
The Lone Bellow
Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale

Sunday, August 10
1:00 pm
David Rubenstein Atrium
SiriusXM’s “The Buddy & Jim Show” with Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale
2:15 pm
Heroes of Americana: From the Historic Film Archives introduced by Joe Lauro
3:30 pm
Talkin’ Blues: Music Makers Relief Foundation’s Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, Ironing Board Sam and Dom Flemons, with Tim Duffy in conversation, hosted by Coleman “Spike” Barkin
5:00 pm
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

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.

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