Pour a pitcher of sangria, spread a blanket, and listen to summer tunes outside. The “Concerts in the Sculpture Garden” kick off Thursday at the National Gallery of Art.
Jason Fraley from OMCP presents a preview of “Concerts in the Sculpture Garden” (Part 1)
Pour a pitcher of sangria, spread a blanket, and listen to summer tunes outside.
“Concerts at the Sculpture Garden” kick off Thursday at the National Gallery of Art.
âWe are so excited to bring live music back to the Sculpture Garden,â National Gallery education director Damon Reaves told WOTP. âThis is the first live program we’ve been running since the pandemic, I think since March 2020, so we’re really excited.â
The series is every other Thursday. Doors open at 5 p.m. and concerts start at 6 p.m.
While previous years featured an all-jazz lineup for “Jazz in the Sculpture Garden,” this year’s name change to “Concert in the Sculpture Garden” captures a range of musical genres.
âWe’re branching out a bit this time around,â Reaves said. âWe thought it was a good opportunity to experiment and expand our genres beyond jazz. â¦ So we’re really looking at a range of music, but we’re also bringing some of the jazz favorites back into the band. “
The musical program will begin on Thursday July 29 with Bombay Rickey.
âIt’s kind of world music described as global psychedelic,â Reaves said.
It continues Thursday August 12 with Baltimore Jazz Collective.
âFor fans of ‘Jazz in the Sculpture Garden’ it will be a little more familiar,â Reaves said. “We’re really excited for this ensemble band to come and perform.”
It continues Thursday August 26 with US Army brass.
âThis will be a really interesting space for us, with the first military performance group coming in and sharing a wide range of patriotic, classical and cover music,â Reaves said.
It all ends on Thursday September 9 with Flor de Toloache.
âIt’s an all-female mariachi band so again it brings a lot of different styles,â Reaves said.
The Sculpture Garden is located on the National Mall with entrances located on Constitution Avenue and 7th and 9th Streets Northwest, as well as Madison Drive Northwest.
âThey’re going to be set up in front of the fountain,â Reaves said. “The fountain will be off, but they will face this fountain space in the middle of the sculpture garden.”
You can also have refreshments at the Pavilion CafÃ©.
âWe will have refreshments and plenty of opportunities not only to listen to music but also to hang out, socialize and enjoy food and drink with friends,â Reaves said. âSangria is back. The well-known and much-loved sangria will make its debut this summer. It’s definitely on the menu.
Entrance is free, but tickets must be reserved in advance. The opening night concert is already at full capacity, but week 2 tickets are on sale this Thursday at 10 a.m.
On concert days, the Sculptures Garden closes to the public at 4 p.m. The doors reopen at 5 p.m. and concerts start at 6 p.m. The evening ends at 8:30 p.m.
Fully vaccinated visitors are not required to wear a mask. Those who are not fully vaccinated are advised to wear a mask, as well as those who would be more comfortable doing so.
Jason Fraley from OMPP presents a preview of “Concerts in the Sculpture Garden” (Part 2)