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July 15, 2021

Live Music Returns to the Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art

Visitors enjoy the Sculpture Garden in front of Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen's Typewriter Eraser, Scale X

Visitors enjoy the Sculpture Garden in front of Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen's Typewriter Eraser, Scale X, model 1998, fabricated 1999, painted stainless steel and fiberglass, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, 1998.150.1

Washington, DC— Live music is back at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden! The National Gallery closes out the summer with four outdoor concerts in the Sculpture Garden. The series not only revisits jazz, but it also offers the expanded musical genres of global psychedelia, mariachi, and brass.

Concerts in the Sculpture Garden are held every other Thursday evening beginning July 29 and continuing to August 12, August 26, and September 9, 2021. World music group Bombay Rickey kicks off the first concert, followed by Baltimore Jazz Collective, US Army Brass, and the all-women mariachi band Flor de Toloache.

The Bombay Rickey concert on July 29 is the first in-person program held at the National Gallery of Art since March 8, 2020.

"I am thrilled that live music will make a joyful return to the Sculpture Garden this summer," said Kaywin Feldman, director of the National Gallery of Art. "Once again, our visitors will enjoy the sights and sounds that signal summer in the nation's capital: modern sculpture in a beautiful natural environment accompanied by live jazz and other expanded genres of music."

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all guests, all concert-goers over the age of two need a free pass for admission. Passes for the Bombay Rickey concert will be released at on Thursday, July 15, at 10:00 a.m., with passes for the remaining concerts becoming available two weeks in advance of the concert date: July 29 for Baltimore Jazz Collective on August 12; August 12 for US Army Brass on August 26; and August 26 for Flor de Toloache on September 9.

The National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden is located on the north side of the National Mall. Entrances are located at 9th Street NW and Constitution Avenue, 7th Street NW and Constitution Avenue, and Madison Drive NW.

On concert days, the Sculpture Garden closes to the public at 4:00 p.m. Gates reopen at 5:00 p.m. Guests' bags are subject to inspection upon arrival. Concerts start at 6:00 p.m., and the evening ends at 8:30 p.m. Admittance to ticketholders is provided throughout the evening.

Fully vaccinated visitors are not required to wear a mask. Those who are not fully vaccinated, as well as those who would feel more comfortable doing so, are asked to wear a mask.

Concerts may be canceled due to excessive heat or inclement weather. In the event of a cancellation, visitors who have reserved passes will receive an email. Weather-related updates are also available on the Gallery's website, Twitter feed @ngadc, or by calling 202.842.6997. Further questions can be emailed to [email protected].

Scheduled Performances

July 29
Bombay Rickey- Global psychedelia

August 12
Baltimore Jazz Collective- Jazz

August 26
US Army Brass- Classical, patriotic

September 9
Flor de Toloache- Mariachi

Performer Bios

Bombay Rickey
July 29, 2021
Bombay Rickey plays both covers and original music, balanced out with soaring operatic vocals, that borrow equally from the worlds of surf rock, cumbia, Spaghetti Western, and Bollywood.

Baltimore Jazz Collective
August 12, 2021
The Baltimore Jazz Collective, an ensemble of Baltimore-area musicians, features each member's musical voice, compositions, and arrangements.

US Army Brass
August 26, 2021
Pershing's Own, the premier musical organization of the US Army, performs a challenging repertoire of historical and contemporary mixed brass compositions.

Flor de Toloache
September 9, 2021
Latin Grammy-award winner Flor de Toloache delights music fans with a fusion of language, musical genres, original songs, and beloved mariachi classics.

Refreshments from the Pavilion Café

Visitors may purchase refreshments from a special menu of sandwiches, salads, snacks, and sweets inside the Pavilion Café. A variety of beverages, including beer, wine, sangria, and sodas, are also available for sale. While visitors are welcome to provide their own picnics, outside alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited and are subject to confiscation.

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden was given to the nation by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. 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, such as Louise Bourgeois, Marc Chagall, Hector Guimard, Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Miró, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Roxy Paine, and Tony Smith. Visitors may enjoy spacious seating and walking areas amid the native American canopy and flowering trees, shrubs, ground covers, and perennials. The Sculpture Garden is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. More information about the Sculpture Garden, including plantings, is available at

Contact Information

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Department of Communications
National Gallery of Art
2000 South Club Drive
Landover, MD 20785
phone: (202) 842-6353
e-mail: [email protected]

Chief of Communications
Anabeth Guthrie
phone: (202) 842-6804
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