Sunset Wednesdays: Live Music on the Great Lawn‒Smokey's Secret Family
On the Grounds
Smokey Hormel and his stellar New York band—Smokey on guitars; David Hofstra on bass and tuba; Davi Viera, Tony Mola and Meia Noite on percussion; Doug Weiselman on clarinet and baritone sax; and Clark Gayton on trombone—resurrect songs from the dance halls of Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean of the ‘50s and ‘60s with electric guitar, tuba, trombone, clarinet, percussion and more. Says Smokey himself, "It's that magical moment just before the heavy influence of American Soul, Funk and Rock and Roll, the pre-James Brown era of urban African dance music. There are no big drum kits, no loud amplifiers, just wild guitars bursting through small amps afloat on a sea of hand drums and shakers, often with a very distorted bass or maybe even a tuba pulsating underneath it all. It's more Latin than western. It's not Funk. It's Cha Cha, Mambo and Rhumbas, and it all has that very contagious and danceable groove."
Beginning at 4PM on Sunset Wednesdays, admission to the grounds is $12 adults, $8 students and seniors 65+. Free to Wave Hill Members and children under six. No guest passes or reciprocal admission accepted. The grounds are open until 8:30PM.
Sunset Wednesdays take place rain or shine! All Sunset Wednesday Concerts are held on the Great Lawn. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be moved indoors to Armor Hall with overflow space in the Mark Twain Room and the covered terrace behind Wave Hill House.
Please check the Visit page of our website for shuttle service on Sunset Wednesdays. The onsite parking lot closes at 4PM, except to accommodate vehicles with a disability license plate or placard.
The Café , Glyndor Gallery and The Shop will be open late on Sunset Wednesdays.