American Songbook: Four Distinct Voices in American Rock and Pop

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Opened Jan 15, 2006
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Saturday, January 14, at 8:30 and 10:30 PM Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens makes his Lincoln Center debut. Weaving folk, rock, and chamber pop influences into songs that reflect his wonderful gift for storytelling, Stevens has bewitched both critics and fans with his fascinating musical style. His acclaimed fifth album, Illinois, is the second in a series he plans in tribute to all 50 states in the U.S.A. Saturday, January 28, at 8:30 PM Grammy Award-nominated pop band Fountains of Wayne gives a rare acoustic performance for American Songbook. Their ubiquitous 2003 single "Stacy's Mom" and album Welcome Interstate Managers earned the band critical praise worldwide, with Entertainment Weekly declaring them "America's greatest extant rock and roll band." The band's current album, Out of State Plates, has helped them continue as a critical and fan favorite. On Saturday, February 11, 8:30 PM American Songbook brings a downtown classic uptown with The Loser's Lounge Tribute to Burt Bacharach. Music director Joe McGinty, formerly of 1980s new wave favorites The Psychedelic Furs, has curated this popular downtown collective since 1993. Over the years, participating artists in The Loser's Lounge have included Deborah Harry, Michael Cerveris, John Flansburgh, Nick Danger, Patti Rothberg, and Steve Wynn. Wednesday, February 22, 8:30 PM Grammy Award nominee Duncan Sheik returns to American Songbook on . Last season, American Songbook presented the critically lauded concert reading of his musical Spring Awakening. This time around, with his band, he'll play a concert of material from his upcoming album.