Cooper Hewitt Cocktail Thursdays Sizzle with Summer EntertainmentJune 1, 2017 - by City Guide News Desk
Cooper Hewitt's popular summer performance series Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt returns to the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden for Thursday evenings from June 8th through August 24th. The expanded season, set in one of the largest enclosed museum gardens in New York City, will showcase a wide array of performers from musicians to singers to dancers to DJs, and opens with a musical experience curated by four-time Grammy Award-winner Esperanza Spalding.
Photos: Agaton Strom
Kicking off Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt Thursday on June 8, Spalding will introduce Leo Genovese (performing as Mezcalitos), multi-instrumentalist quartet Rose and the Nightingale, and singer-songwriter Nadia Washington. The evening also anticipates the opening of the “Esperanza Spalding Selects” exhibition, on view June 9 through January 7, 2018, for which the celebrated musician and vocalist lent her creative vision to shed new light on 50 objects from the Cooper Hewitt’s vast collection.
Other highlights of the Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt season include a trio of evenings presented by Atlantic Records that showcase artists across a wide variety of genres: contemporary urban lyricist Sir the Baptist on June 15; bluesy singer-songwriter LOLO on July 6; and the soulful, jazz-inspired Niia on August 10; three Juilliard School performances from the Apex Brass and Friends will take place June 29; the Juilliard Jazz Trio performs July 27; and the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble will be in residence on August 17. A breathtaking special performance of “The Disappearance Portraits” from acclaimed choreographer Jonah Bokaer concludes the series on August 24th.
The full performance schedule follows (subject to change):
- June 8: “Esperanza Spalding Selects” Live featuring Mezcalitos, Nadia Washington and Rose and the Nightingale
- June 15: Atlantic Records Presents Sir the Baptist
- June 22: DJ Kitty Cash
- June 29: Juilliard Night: Apex Brass and Friends
- July 6: Atlantic Records Presents LOLO
- July 13: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem presents the Jazzmeia Horn Quintet
- July 20: Robi D Light and Flex Program
- July 27: Juilliard Night: Juilliard Jazz Trio
- Aug. 3: Coco and Breezy
- Aug. 10: Atlantic Records Presents Niia
- Aug. 17: Juilliard Night: Juilliard Jazz Ensemble
- Aug. 24: Jonah Bokaer: “The Disappearance Portraits”
Cocktails are served from 6 to 9pm. Admission is $13 per evening with online advance purchase at cooperhewitt.org/cocktails, or $15 at the door; specialty cocktails and light fare are available for purchase from Cooper Hewitt’s Tarallucci e Vino Cafe. Performances are held rain or shine in the museum’s Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden at East 90th Street. For more information, visit cooperhewitt.org/cocktails.