Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Jazz in the Garden Starts this Friday! All Summer Long

The Jazz in the Garden Series begins its 11th season May 27. The free concert series features an array of jazz artists performing a range of styles—from swing to progressive to Latin—every Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:30 at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, rain or shine. See the FULL SCHEDULE HERE. This Friday check out Origem (Brazilian jazz). Arrive early with blanket and picnic to claim your spot in the massive garden!

Pick Up a Picnic Basket

Sangria is $30 a pitcher and can also be purchased, but we've been known to bring in our own bottle, or two, or three or four. You can also bring your own picnic and blankets.

For those who plan ahead, skip the lines and avoid the hassle of bringing their own picnics by preordering the Pavilion Café's signature Jazz in the Garden Picnic Basket. At a budget-conscious $30, the keepsake basket (serving two) offers artisanal bread baguettes, meats, and such cheeses as Wensleydale cranberry and smoked Gouda, gourmet dips and spreads flavored with smoked salmon and artichoke, fresh summer fruits, and bottled Saratoga water. Wine by the bottle can be included for an additional price.* Guests may preorder baskets and wines by the bottle at Baskets may also be purchased at the Pavilion Café, availability permitting.

Concerts take place amid the Gallery's collection of large-scale sculpture by modern and contemporary artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Roy Lichtenstein, Tony Smith, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, and Roxy Paine.

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