Solange, Gucci Mane & Werner Herzog Highlight 2017 Red Bull Music Academy Festival Lineup

Solange performs during the Okeechobee Music Festival on March 4, 2017 in Okeechobee, Fla.
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Solange performs during the Okeechobee Music Festival on March 4, 2017 in Okeechobee, Fla.

The ingeniously curated Red Bull Music Academy Festival announced its 2017 New York lineup on Wednesday (March 22), and it boasts a tantalizing array of music, art, film and dance.

Beloved figures like Solange, Gucci Mane, New Jack Swing mastermind Teddy Riley and iconoclastic filmmaker Werner Herzog are all part of this year's roster, as well as disco pioneer Patrick Adams, Brazilian samba queen Elza Soares and Detroit house legend Moodyman, who will perform a set in tribute to Prince. Check out the full lineup below and get more details here.

The whole lineup is intriguing, but of everything, Solange's performance falls into the 'once in a lifetime' category. As we noted at SXSW, Solo's A Seat at the Table live show features a strong contemporary dance/performance art influence, and that will come to the forefront when she performs stripped down, minimalist versions of her new songs at the Guggenheim on May 18 for 'Solange: An Ode To.' A rep for the fest says Solange and her dancers will perform on the art museum's ground floor, with the audience watching from above.

A week later, Gucci Mane and frequent producer Zaytoven will team up to perform a May 16 set at a piano bar -- if it's anything like their NPR Tiny Desk concert, it's not to be missed.

Film nerds can get their rocks off on when New German Cinema pioneer and beloved narrator Werner Herzog sits down at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 9 for conversation about music in film that will find the director reflecting on music-centric scenes from his filmography. If that means we'll get a chance for Herzog to explain why Stroszek ends with this dancing chicken, it will be worth it. 


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