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Lincoln Center’s American Songbook 2017 Features 24 Concerts in Three Venues from Feb 1st – May 13th


The 18th season of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook, which runs from February 1 through May 13, continues to celebrate the best in American singing and songwriting, and redefine American song with performances by established and rising singers and singer-songwriters across a range of genres.

Southern soul, bluegrass, folk, R&B, indie rock, pop, musical theater, and more are represented across the 16 evenings that open the series in The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall.  The series moves to The Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse on March 22 with a mini-festival of six intimate concerts which, in a first for American Songbook, will be streamed on Facebook Live on Lincoln Center’s Facebook, an exciting step in the evolution of the series and in Lincoln Center’s ongoing commitment to bringing the best of the performing arts to the widest possible audience.

Finally, in the spring, American Songbook returns to Alice Tully Hall, the venue where it was launched in 1998, to spotlight two dynamic women whose artistry in two very different arenas demonstrates the expansive reach of American song embodied in the series.

Tickets for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook are available on line at, via CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, at the Alice Tully Hall and David Geffen Hall Box Offices, or at the Frederick P. Rose Hall Box Office.


Pictured: India.Arie Photo credit: Kate Belle

American Songbook in The Appel Room

Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 8:30 pm 


The four-time, Grammy Award–winning artist offers an intimate evening of song and storytelling. A true believer in the power of words and music to spread love, healing, peace, and joy, India.Arie has shared her message with audiences worldwide since her 2001 debut, Acoustic Soul, and its anthem of self-love, “Video.” Her fifth studio album, 2013’s Songversation, brought this spiritual focus to the forefront of Arie’s music-making and her newest song, “Breathe,” drew its inspiration from the Black Lives Matter movement.


Tickets start at $150



Pictured: William Bell
Photo credit: David McClister

Friday, February 24, 2017, 8:30 pm 

William Bell

with special guest John Leventhal 

In the midst of a thrilling comeback following his album This is Where I Live—just nominated for a Grammy—soul legend William Bell brings the Stax revival—complete with horns and Hammond organ—to The Appel Room. The New York Times called him “a defining cornerstone of the Southern soul sound.” Bell’s 961 “You Don’t Miss Your Water” and later hits “Everybody Loves a Winner,” “I Forgot to Be Your Lover,” “Private Number,” and the monumental “Born Under a Bad Sign” (co-written with Booker T. Jones)—became hallmarks of the Stax aesthetic.

Tickets start at $30

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