The MoMA Nights 2013 music series includes indie acts selected by MoMA’s PopRally committee, and concerts related to the exhibitions Soundings: A Contemporary Score and American Modern: Hopper to O’Keeffe.
Set begins at 6:30 p.m. Regular Museum admission applies. In the event of rain, the Sculpture Garden will close, and music will take place in Theater 1 or Theater 2. Please note: Sculpture Garden and indoor seating are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
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.