Release Date: July 15, 2015
New Orleans Jazz and Blues, Bluegrass, New Americana Folk, and Latin American Musical Styles Are on the Menu during September Concerts at the National Gallery of Art Pavilion Café's Sunday Brunch
Washington, DC—Inspired by the long-running and popular summer program Jazz in the Garden, the National Gallery of Art has added three Sunday noontime concerts in its Sculpture Garden in September. The concerts will feature a mix of American musical talent to accompany brunch in the Pavilion Café. Brunch is served year-round.
On September 13, the Kruger Brothers—Jens Kruger (banjo and vocals), Uwe Kruger (guitar and lead vocals), and Joel Landsberg (bass and vocals)—will perform. The trio personifies the spirit of exploration and innovation that forms the core of the American musical tradition.
On September 20, the nationally renowned six-man band DUKES of Dixieland will perform music from selected themes: Mardi Gras, Blues on the Bayou, Symphonic Jazz, Voodoo Revue, Celebrating Satchmo, New Orleans Jazz Legends, and Back to Bourbon Street. The critically acclaimed group is known for weaving strands of pop, gospel, and country into their authentic New Orleans sound.
The Washington Saxophone Quartet, or WSaxQ, will take the stage on September 27 and perform dance music from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, Spain, and the United States to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Recorded arrangements by the group—the most widely heard saxophone quartet in the United States—have aired on National Public Radio's broadcasts of All Things Considered.
Concerts will take place at noon and 1:00 p.m. in front of the Pavilion Café and may be canceled due to excessive heat or inclement weather. For up-to-date information, visit www.nga.gov/music, or call (202) 842-6941 or (202) 289-3360.
Pavilion Café Sunday Brunch Menu
The Pavilion Café, located in the Gallery's Sculpture Garden, between 7th and 9th Streets NW along Constitution Avenue, serves Sunday brunch year-round from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The menu includes classic brunch favorites such as scrambled eggs, home fries, buttermilk biscuits, turkey sausage, smoked bacon, steel-cut oatmeal with brown sugar and dried fruit, croissants, fresh fruit, breakfast pizzas, mimosas, and more. Diners have the option to enjoy their meals inside the café, al fresco on the patio, or seated on the marble benches surrounding the fountain. For a full menu listing and prices, visit http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/visit/cafe/pavilion-cafe.html and scroll to “Sunday Brunch.”
National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Designed to offer year-round enjoyment to the public in one of the preeminent locations on the National Mall, the 6.1-acre National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden opened on May 23, 1999. The richly landscaped setting provides a distinctive backdrop for 21 monumental works of modern sculpture by internationally renowned artists. Visitors enjoy spacious seating and walking areas amid the native American canopy and flowering trees, shrubs, ground covers, and perennials. The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden was given to the nation by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. More information about works in the Sculpture Garden is available at http://www.nga.gov/content/dam/ngaweb/visit/pdf/sculpturegardenmap.pdf.
When visiting the Sculpture Garden, please do not touch the works of art except where indicated otherwise. Tables are not permitted. Do not ride bicycles or use in-line skates and skateboards inside the Sculpture Garden; either walk beside your bicycle or secure it in the bicycle racks available near the entrances on Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive NW. Only service animals are allowed.
Summer Sculpture Garden Hours and Location
The summer hours of the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden are extended to 9:00 p.m. on Fridays to accommodate Friday evening Jazz in the Garden concerts May 22 to August 28. The nearest Metro stations are Archives–Navy Memorial–Penn Quarter on the Green and Yellow Lines, Smithsonian on the Orange and Blue Lines, and Judiciary Square on the Red Line.
General InformationThe National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden are at all times free to the public. They are located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW, and are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Gallery is closed on December 25 and January 1. For information call (202) 737-4215 or visit the Gallery's Web site at www.nga.gov. Follow the Gallery on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NationalGalleryofArt, Twitter at www.twitter.com/ngadc, and Instagram at http://instagram.com/ngadc.
Visitors will be asked to present all carried items for inspection upon entering. Checkrooms are free of charge and located at each entrance. Luggage and other oversized bags must be presented at the 4th Street entrances to the East or West Building to permit x-ray screening and must be deposited in the checkrooms at those entrances. For the safety of visitors and the works of art, nothing may be carried into the Gallery on a visitor's back. Any bag or other items that cannot be carried reasonably and safely in some other manner must be left in the checkrooms. Items larger than 17 by 26 inches cannot be accepted by the Gallery or its checkrooms.
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