New York City’s Lincoln Center hosts the Out of Doors Festival every summer, it’s an annual series of concerts, panels, dances, and other events. 2016’s daylong celebration is The Bells, in honor of Lou Reed (named for the title track from Reed’s 1979 album).
Scheduled to take place July 30th, the festival will even be curated by Laurie Anderson, Reed’s partner of 20 years and wife of five, as well as his longtime producer Hal Willner. The program will feature live music, screenings of Reed-related films/documentaries, lyric readings by artists and actors, an all-day broadcast of his music, and so much more. The full lineup won’t be released until May 4th and the complete schedule of the tribute celebration has yet to be announced but a press release outlines several highlights below…
Before the celebration starts, Reed’s teacher Master Ren Guangyi will lead a group tai chi class outside the Lincoln Center.
Attendees will also be able to experience Anderson’s sound installation of Lou Reed: Drones, it’s a three-hour feedback-based composition crafted from Reed’s guitars and amps. Then later that evening, Anderson and Willner will throw a guest-packed tribute show in nearby Damrosch Park which is then followed by a screening of Julian Schnabel’s 2008 documentary, Berlin: Live at St. Ann’s Warehouse.
Lincoln Center was an important space for Reed and Anderson, the couple frequently attended performances at the legendary venue, it was also hosted the public memorial for Reed’s death in 2013. You can look back at Laurie Anderson accept the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on his behalf here and check out our 5 Best of Lou Reed here.