[CANCELED] #LoveRiot with Jon Batiste

Concert
09 May 2020
9:15 pm - 10:00 pm
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
566 Laguardia Place
New York, NY 10012
 FREE

The Festival will conclude with a stirring New Orleans-style second line parade through the streets of Greenwich Village. This “Love Riot” with a group of musicians, led by acclaimed jazz pianist Jon Batiste, bandleader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, begins right outside the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at the conclusion of Batiste’s event with Zadie Smith, Tara Westover, and Suleika Jaouad. If you are attending that event, follow the musicians into the street, or join the parade in progress outside. Hailing from a Louisiana upbringing, Batiste’s signature Love Riots evoke the same spontaneity and spunk as his musicianship, offering an improvisational blend of styles from ragtime and R&B to gospel and avant-garde jazz. This promises to be a thrilling and uplifting conclusion to a week of words and ideas.

This event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Please stay tuned for updates about future PEN World Voices Festival programming.

Jon Batiste


The live events of the 2020 World Voices Festival have been canceled due to concerns about the safety of participants and audiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In early May, we launched the 2020 digital World Voices Festival at pen.org/worldvoicesdigital. This ongoing digital version of the Festival includes a suite of podcasts, videos, interviews, and musical playlists, with live events and other features to be rolled out over the coming weeks. We hope this digital content brings you joy during a time of uncertainty.

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