Some of NPR’s top on-air talent comes to the Damrosch Park Bandshell for an evening of interviews and performances with three hand-picked artists. The Record’s Ann Powers talks with singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams, who has spent her celebrated career brewing a potent mix of blues, rock, and country. She’ll close the show with a rousing set of slow-burning soliloquies and driving rock anthems, accented by Louisiana twang, a bluesy growl, and an irrepressible rebellious streak.
Bob Boilen of All Songs Considered invites alt-rock darling Thao Nguyen and her band, The Get Down Stay Down, to the stage. This San Francisco–based group, whose most recent album A Man Alive was produced by Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), gleefully layers garage rock, synth pop, noise, and funk. Cutting through it all are Thao’s piercing lyrics that often provide a dark counterpoint to the music’s effervescent rhythms and breaks.
Alt.Latino hosts Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd present iLe, a.k.a. Ileana Cabra Joglar, who went by PG-13 when she performed with the multiple-Grammy and Latin Grammy–winning Puerto Rican rap group, Calle 13. Four years after her powerhouse rendition of the classic bolero “La Pared” started building buzz for a solo effort, iLe’s debut album, ilevitable, was recently released.
- Lucinda Williams
- Thao & The Get Down Stay Down