Jake Blakesburg; Bruce WeberThe Grateful Dead‘s Bob Weir and New Orleans music legend Dr. John are among the musicians who will celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Band‘s historic farewell concert, The Last Waltz, at a special free show this evening in New York City’s Lincoln Center. The event will feature a variety of artists performing with The Midnight Ramble Band, which was late Band singer/drummer Levon Helm‘s backing group.

Midnight Ramble Band leader Larry Campbell will serve as musical director of the concert, which also will feature performances by such respected American artists as Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller and Anderson East. The various musicians will perform songs that were played at the original Last Waltz concert, which took place on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.

The Last Waltz 40th Anniversary Celebration takes place at Damrosch Park in Lincoln Center, and begins at 7 p.m. ET. The show is part of the 2016 Lincoln Center Out of Doors series’ AmericanaFest NYC. For more information about the event, visit LCOutofDoors.org.

The 1976 show marked the final live performance of The Band’s original lineup — Helm, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson — who were joined by an astounding list of guest stars. Among them were Dr. John, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Neil Diamond, Ronnie Wood and Ringo Starr. The Last Waltz was filmed for the famous 1978 concert film of the same name, which was directed by Martin Scorsese.

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