The music lineup at Lincoln Center Festival 09 includes US debuts by Algerian music icon Idir and Moroccan Chaabi singer Najat Aatabou; a double bill with Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara, and Issa Bagayogo; and a tribute to celebrated New Orleans songwriter Wardell Quezergue, featuring a roster of noted musical artists from that city’s annual Ponderosa Stomp music festival.
The lineup for Midsummer Night Swing 2009 includes a Lincoln Center 50th Anniversary performance by Chubby Checker, the debut performance of Melba Joyce & Her Big Band, and the New York debut of the electro tango group, Otros Aires from Argentina.
For the first time Midsummer Night Swing and Lincoln Center Festival are collaborating to bring three nights of Ponderosa Stomp to Lincoln Center. Founded in 2001, the Ponderosa Stomp has grown into an important event with a national profile. In a review of the concert last April, The New York Times called Ponderosa Stomp, “A party on its way to becoming an institution.” An all-access ticket to the three performances (July 16, 17, and 19) is available for $50.