"You are now listening to the sounds of the Deanna Bogart band, specializing in Blues Fusion ("Blusion")..."
Every Friday evening, usually from the end of May to the end of August, the National Gallery of Art offers free outdoor jazz performances throughout the summer from 5:30pm - 8:00pm. Visitors and locals can enjoy listening to a variety of catchy sounds and styles - including salsa, xylophone, percussion, keyboards, Afrofunk, and big-band swing, while having cocktails (go for the sangrias!) and light dinner fare at the Gallery's Pavilion Café and Outdoor Sculpture Garden, surrounded with modern and contemporary sculpture from the likes of Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, Louise Burgeois, and more.
Bring your friends and picnic blankets and come early for best seats along the fountain or on the grass. Schedule of performances is featured on the Gallery's website.
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National Gallery of Art - West Building
The National Gallery of Art West Building opened in 1941, and the nucleus of its collection was a gift to the nation from wealthy financier and Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon, whose dream was to construct and house an art collection for the American people. It contains one of the world's most foremost collections of European and American paintings, sculpture, and prints, dating from the 13th century to the present day. Old Masters such as Botticelli, Titian, and Raphael; portraits by Rembrandt and Vermeer; Impressionist paintings of Van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet, and Cassatt, and "Ginevra de'Benci," the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Americas are some of the highlights that await you inside.