Past Event: Cocktails & Culture: Swing Into Summer

When: Friday, July 9, 2021, 5:00pm

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Benny Benack III

Swing into Summer with Benny Benack III and his all-star band playing live jazz in the Rotunda, try your hand at a Jazz Age/1920s-inspired “sketch and sip” (extra fee applies), don't forget to enjoy a specialty cocktail from the MCNY bar, and grab some food from our Teranga pop-up in the Museum's cafe! And of course, check out the Museum’s brand-new hit exhibition New York, New Music, 1980-1986, as well as our award-winning permanent exhibition, New York at Its Core: 400 Years of NYC History.


FREE with Museum admission. Check out the whole Cocktails & Culture series here.

Event Timeline:
5:00 pm - Bar and pop-up Teranga pop-up open; first Sketch & Sip session begins (register here)
5:30 pm - Band plays first set
6:30 pm - First Sketch & Sip session ends, second Sketch & Sip session begins (register here)
8:00 pm - Second Sketch & Sip session ends; Museum closes

Throughout the Evening:
Exhibitions are open, drinks from the MCNY bar and food from Teranga are available for purchase. Live music from 5:30-8pm.

About the Performer:
By age 30, trumpeter and singer Benny Benack III has proven to be the rarest of talents. A fiery trumpet player, singer, and highly capable pianist, Benack performs internationally as an Emcee/Host for Postmodern Jukebox. Alongside his global touring as a straight-ahead/contemporary bandleader, he has appeared as a trumpet soloist on television, in commercial circles alongside Josh Groban, Ben Folds, fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi, and Ann Hampton Callaway, and at leading New York venues such as Birdland and Jazz @ Lincoln Center. Hear what he has to say about jazz in New York here

About Sketch & Sip:
Join Drawing America for a 90-minute 'Sketch and Sip' drawing session. Separate registration required; register here. Draw a live costumed model in Swing-inspired clothing. Share your work at the breaks, take in an exhibit and come back for more sketching. Materials are provided or bring your own pencils and paper.  

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