On Thursday nights from 5 to 8 pm, the rotunda and cafe (and when the weather’s nice, the terrace) become Museum After Hours. It’s the perfect place for relaxing, watching the sunset, and listening to music. Hear original songs, jazz, classical, cultural, and sometimes adventurous music fill the pristine spaces at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University.

The house band is CULLARS IMPROVISATIONAL ROTATION. Made up of Dan Mackowski (guitars), Patrick McCurry (woodwinds), Jason DeBlanc (basses), and guests, Cullars is a jazz trio with a southern sensibility: thoughtful, ambient, and adventurous. Named after the oldest soil fertility study in the South, the group embraces its roots and promotes new growth through delicately rehearsed arrangements of standards, originals, hymns and improvisations.

Cafe service is available with food and drink by Ursula’s Catering, the fine art exhibitions are open and free to the public, and the gift shop is open.

Calendar for Museum After Hours Performances

JUNE 30 – The JANE DRAKE TRIO, led by jazz vocalist Jane Drake (on Facebook), is the house band at Eighth and Rail’s Tuesday-night jazz jam in Opelika. Jane started singing with the Auburn Knights Orchestra while a student at Auburn. For the next 15 years, she sang in venues throughout the southeast, from New Orleans to the Florida and Mississippi beaches. In 2006, she appeared on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s The Jazz Spot in conjunction with the release of her CD, “Brand New Woman.”

JULY 7  – Café is closed and the music will take a break.

JULY 14 – TBA

JULY 21 – TBA

JULY 28 – TBA

Music continues every Thursday evening throughout the year unless otherwise advertised.

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