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Preview: Nonesuch at BAM


On the surface, the artists signed to Nonesuch Records - which celebrates 50 years in business this year - would seem to have very little to do with one another. Wilco and Dawn Upshaw? Philip Glass and The Black Keys? But, when you look a bit deeper, you start to notice that every one of these artists - from classical, to jazz, to world music, to arena rock - has had a distinctive voice that has put them at the pinnacle of their particular genre. Or, in some cases, beyond genre.

Starting tonight, BAM celebrates Nonesuch's legacy with an extraordinary three-week festival called Nonesuch at BAM, bringing together many of the label's most legendary artists for the first time: everyone from world music stars like Youssou N'Dour and Caetano Veloso, to new music pioneers Philip Glass and Steve Reich, to bona fide rockstars Robert Plant and Jeff Tweedy. Check back here for ongoing coverage throughout the festival; full lineup after the jump.

Sep 9—11: The Philip Glass Ensemble & Steve Reich and Musicians (Howard Gilman
Opera House)
Sep 9: Brad Mehldau (Harvey Theater)
Sep 10: Brad Mehldau & Chris Thile (Harvey Theater)
Sep 11: Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert Kalish (Harvey Theater)

Sep 12 & 13: Alarm Will Sound (Harvey Theater) 

Sept 12 & 13: Don Byron Quartet (BAMcafé)

Sep 12 & 13: Youssou N’Dour (Howard Gilman Opera House)
Sep 18: Rhiannon Giddens/Carolina Chocolate Drops (Howard Gilman Opera House) 

Sep 19: Devendra Banhart, Stephin Merritt, and Iron and Wine (Howard Gilman Opera House) 

Sep 20: Kronos Quartet, Natalie Merchant, Rhiannon Giddens, Sam Amidon, and Olivia Chaney
(Howard Gilman Opera House)

Sep 23: Tweedy (Howard Gilman Opera House) 

Sep 23—27: Landfall, Laurie Anderson, Kronos Quartet (Harvey Theater)
Sep 24: Rokia Traoré, Toumani Diabaté, and Sidiki Diabaté (Howard Gilman Opera House)
Sep 25 & 26: Caetano Veloso (Howard Gilman Opera House)
Sep 27 & 28: Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters

Additionally, Nonesuch artists The Black Keys will bring their Turn Blue World Tour to
Brooklyn to join the celebration, performing down the street from BAM at the Barclays
Center on Sep 24.