Border-Crossing Music from Mexico, Cuba and Texas Hits Manhattan

The Mexican singer-songwriter Natalia LaFourcade is coming to Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors. Credit Adriana Zehbrauskas for The New York Times

Jon Parelesaug  |  The New York Times  |  August 4, 2017

America’s music has always benefited from a permeable Southern border, and free concerts in the coming week celebrate interchanges and connections across the Americas. A concert at Lincoln Center Out of Doors features Natalia LaFourcade, a Mexican songwriter with half a dozen Latin Grammys. Her latest album, “Musas,” is split between folky, unplugged songs from around Latin America and her own new ones that belong among them; she’ll be backed by the guitar duo Los Macorinos. Sharing the bill is the indie-rocker Vagabon, born in Cameroon and based in Brooklyn. (Friday, Aug. 11, at 7:30; Damrosch Park, free.)

The opening of Lincoln Center’s Roots of American Music: Americanafest weekend includes Flaco Jiménez, the Texan accordion virtuoso whose polkas and waltzes epitomize norteño music. He’s on a bill with Amanda Shires and Traveller. (Saturday, Aug. 12, at 2 p.m., Hearst Plaza.)

Cuban performers steeped in jazz hit Central Park SummerStage on a bill featuring Daymé Arocena, a singer melding Afro-Cuban traditions with jazz, and the dance troupe Malpaso, choreographed to music by Arturo O’Farrill, who leads New York’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. (Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m.; Rumsey Playfield.)

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