Patti Smith and Her Band
Sunday, September 19, 2021
5:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
For our 2021 season due to modifications to follow state and local guidelines, we will require tickets to attend all performances (free and benefit shows). To ensure everyone gets an equal chance to attend a free show, all guests will be required to request a free ticket for each show. Please visit summerstage.org for more information.
An icon of downtown New York City art and culture, Patti Smith’s legacy is tightly woven into the fabric of its history. One of the first acts to break out of the CBGB scene in the early 70s, her brand of hard-nosed rock and roll was infused with the spirit of experimentation and free expression that made downtown Manhattan so exciting. Horses, her debut LP for Arista, remains a classic of the form, inspiring such groups as R.E.M., the Smiths, and Hole that would become legendary in their own right. Later in her career, she would establish herself as a crucial voice of activism, using her platform to speak out against unjust wars and oppression, and her songs, like the anthemic “People Have the Power,” have resonated with people around the globe. Immune to trends and waves of popularity, Smith continues to record and perform well into her 70s. Her latest projects include a trilogy of albums with the Soundwalk Collective, an exploration into the travels of three French writers comprising field recordings from waypoints along their journeys, imagining a future through conversations with the past.