Set begins at 6:30 p.m. Regular Museum admission applies. Performances take place in the Sculpture Garden. In the event of rain, the Garden will close, and music will take place in Theater 1. Please note: Sculpture Garden and indoor seating are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Musical acts in July are presented in conjunction with the exhibition One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North. Organized in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center and Harlem Stage, each musician featured reflects the next generation of rising stars who will have an impact on jazz for years to come, and each has her or his own personal tale of migration. Drawing from genres including hip-hop, R&B, Latin, soul, jazz, gospel, and New Orleans second line, these artists are expanding musical boundaries with contemporary soul and swing.
Dates in August feature four buzzworthy bands. The music spans a range of genres from electronic to R&B, from post-punk to indie rock—and everything in between. Each concert begins with an opening set at 5:30 p.m. by a DJ from Newtown Radio. These evenings are organized by MoMA PopRally. For more information, visit moma.org/poprally and follow @MoMAPopRally on Twitter.
Tonight’s Music Performance: Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang
Janka Nabay, vocals; Boshra AlSaadi, vocals; Jonathan Leland, drums; Michael Gallope, keyboards; Doug Shaw, guitar; Pat Noecker, bass
Vocalist Janka Nabay is the king of bubu—Sierra Leone’s brand of electro-pop. In his hometown, he electrified traditional bubu music by adding drum machines and synthesizers, giving it a frantic edge and making him a national hero. Now based in the United States, he has hooked up with Brooklyn musicians who call themselves the Bubu Gang and share a similar fascination with the old and the new. They mix modern beats and analog keyboards with call-and-response vocals, improvisation, and touches of 1970s psychedelia. The collaboration capitalizes on the best of all worlds; the result is musically stimulating and just as danceable as Nabay’s early hits. The group’s first full-length album will be released on Luaka Bop this summer.
Snacks and beverages in the Garden
Seasonal snacks and specialty cocktails, draft beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages are available for purchase in the Sculpture Garden on Thursday nights. The Garden Bar, located at the northeast corner of the Sculpture Garden, also sells local gelato and sorbet, ice cream sandwiches, cookies, wine, beer, and specialty cocktails. In the event of rain, a cash bar will be available indoors.
Terrace Dining (rain or shine)
The fifth floor’s Terrace 5 serves Chef Lynn Bound’s light, seasonal cuisine overlooking the Sculpture Garden. An a la carte menu is offered indoors, as well as a special "urban picnic" fixed price menu on the terrace during the summer months, which includes cured meats, cheeses, salads, sweets, and more (with optional wine pairing). Seatings are offered from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Reserve at email@example.com and include name, preferred time, number of guests, and phone number. The "urban picnic" menu is $32 per person (excluding beverages, sales tax, and service)—10% MoMA member discount not applicable.
Snacks and beverages in the Sculpture Garden
Seasonal snacks, chef’s-choice small plates, and specialty cocktails, draft beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages are available for purchase in the Sculpture Garden on Thursday nights. The Garden Bar, located at the northeast corner of the Sculpture Garden, sells savory and sweet treats, including baguette sandwiches and homemade soft pretzels with dipping sauces, locally made gelato from Il Laboratorio del Gelato, wine, beer, and specialty cocktails. In the event of rain, bars will be closed.
Terrace dining (rain or shine)
Terrace 5, located on the fifth floor, serves chef Daniel Jackson’s light, seasonal cuisine, with a view overlooking the Sculpture Garden. During MoMA Nights, in conjunction with the Museum’s concerts and other programming, Terrace 5 will offer a special of a half-dozen oysters paired with a glass of champagne for $20, both inside and (weather-permitting) on the terrace, as well as a focused à la carte menu of raw bar items, wine, and beer. The 10% MoMA member discount is not applicable.