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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Launches Sun Sets Electronic Music Series on the Cantor Roof Garden This Summer

Visitors on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art viewing the New York City skylines

Photo by Paula Lobo

The series will take place Friday and Saturday evenings from July 1 through September 3. The concerts will be free with Museum admission, and access will be first come first served, weather permitting, and subject to capacity restrictions.

(New York, June 23, 2022)—Beginning July 1, The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden at The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be transformed into a venue for electronic music every Friday and Saturday evening throughout the summer. Titled Sun Sets, this is the first concert series on The Met’s popular rooftop and will feature a diverse lineup of electronic musicians like Liondub, Kristine Barilli, Toribio, the collective Uklon, and others celebrating freedom, inclusivity, and the creativity of electronic music culture and the city's ever-evolving music underground.

Max Hollein, Marina Kellen French Director of The Met, said, “Our Sun Sets series is a celebration of New York City’s dynamic and legendary music scene. We’re thrilled to welcome this phenomenal group of electronic artists to the Cantor Roof Garden this summer and for all to enjoy the energy and music while taking in the stunning views of Central Park and the city skyline.”

The Sun Sets series will run this summer on Friday and Saturday evenings, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., from July 1 through September 3 and be free with Museum admission; no reservations are required. Access to the Cantor Roof Garden will be first come first served, weather permitting, and subject to capacity restrictions. The Roof Garden Bar is open Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8:30 p.m. (last call is at 8:15) and offers refreshments including cocktails, wine, and light fare created by Bon Appétit. The Sun Sets music series takes place during the Museum’s popular “Date Night at The Met” evenings, held every Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. and featuring live music and drinks. 

 Artist Lineup

Friday, July 1: Lauren Flax
A Detroit native and longtime Brooklyn resident known for original work and collaborations across genres, including work with Sia, Little Boots, and Tricky.

Saturday, July 2: Ray Zuniga and Nikita
A musical partnership and collaboration resulting in world-class house music. 

Friday, July 8: David Paglia
A Brooklyn-based artist and passionate craftsman with releases on Soul Clap Records, Gator Boots, Nervous Records, and his own self-titled imprint.

Saturday, July 9: Liondub
A New York City native, label owner, and producer of reggae/dub/dancehall, hip-hop, jungle, and afrobeat who has held residencies at The Box, Miss Lilly’s, and, currently, Temple Bar.

Friday, July 15: Connie
A native New Yorker, drummer, producer, and resident at ReSolute, one of the world’s hottest itinerant underground parties.

Saturday, July 16: Uklon Presents Stealthy, Vyper, and Raw Unkut
The Brooklyn-based Ukrainian collective dedicated to bringing the hard-core techno and bass sounds of the Kyiv rave scene to New York City.

Friday, July 22: Kristine Barilli 
Barilli effortlessly weaves unexpected genres into a sonic storybook of her own and can be heard on The Lot Radio or live at Brooklyn venue Public Records, where she serves as Music Director.

Saturday, July 23: Toribio
Previously featured in MetLiveArts’ Sonic Cloisters series, Toribio is a Dominican New Yorker by way of Tampa and leader of the band Conclave. 

Friday, July 29: Vivian Wang
A music aficionado who encompasses elements of house and techno blended with the soul of Detroit.

Saturday, July 30: Lauren Murada 
A resident at Good Room in Brooklyn bringing a mix of weirdo disco, funk rock, and soulful house.

Friday, August 5: Journeyman
Tim “Journeyman” Fielding is a graduate of the Balearic school and one of the key figures behind two of London’s most storied 1990s clubs: The Brain and The End. 

Saturday, August 6: Joy Presents Douglas Sherman, Nari, Yuji, and Takaya
This collective adheres to a time-honored ethos that stretches back to David Mancuso’s fabled downtown disco salon, The Loft.

Friday, August 12: MKL 
Born in Belize and raised in New York City during the birth of hip-hop, MKL has a wide spectrum of influence embedded in his art and a performance career spanning three decades. 

Saturday, August 13: Jenifa Mayanja
Mayanja has been contributing to the electronic music world for over 20 years as a performer, producer, and record label head with three imprints—Bumako Recordings, Sound Warrior, and EDJ Records. 

Friday, August 19: Rambo Springsteen
A Brooklyn-based electronic music artist and co-founder of Plus Eight Equity Partners, a music tech-based venture capital firm. 

Saturday, August 20: Elon
An Israeli native who came to New York City in 2001, Elon has released dozens of records and remixes. He is a member of the ReSolute team, has produced his own KOLEKTi event series, and founded his own label, Balagan.

Friday, August 26: Malik Hendricks 
A rhythmically inclined aesthetic enthusiast born in the 1980s and raised in the 1990s whose raw house productions appear on his own Money Cat records.

Saturday, August 27: Pablo Romero
Queens-born owner of Archivio Record Shop and resident at Public Records.

Friday, September 2: Musclecars

Native to New York, Brandon Weems and Craig Handfield are musicians whose desire to share their admiration and passion for the art form drives their community-based approach. Since 2018, the duo has helmed their own monthly event, "Coloring Lessons." 

Saturday, September 3: Analog Soul
Brooklyn-based twin sisters appreciated far and wide for their groove-based sets encompassing house, Detroit techno, acid, electro, and electronica.

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