First Friday Leo Bar: Arts, Beats, and Brass Party


Free admission, fun, and culture at a unique after-hours happy hour

Friends at Asia Society's First Friday

Friends enjoy a drink at Asia Society's First Friday (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)

Start your weekend with some art and culture—Asia Society's First Friday Leo Bar happy hour is a unique opportunity to see the acclaimed exhibition The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India for free! The museum stays open late from 6–9 p.m., offering free admission, exhibition tours, drink specials, late night holiday shopping at AsiaStore, music, and more. 

  • EXHIBITION TOURS of The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India
  • DRINK SPECIALS by Great Performances
    Happy hour prices from 6–7 p.m.
  • INDIAN STREET FOOD available for purchase
    20% off all purchases

Free admission. Cash bar.

Live Music Line-up:

Tongue in Trees

6:30 P.M. Tongues in Trees
Indie dream pop and Indian rhythms collide in the band Tongues In Trees – Soundcheck (WNYC)

Samita Sinha: vocals
Grey McMurray: guitar
Sunny Jain: drums




Arun Ramamurthy Trio

7:15 P.M. Arun Ramamurthy Trio
Arun Ramamurthy Trio brings a fresh approach to age-old South Indian classical repertoire. The Carnatic canon is remixed as the group expands on the traditional compositions in explosive, improvisational flights of fancy. 

Arun Ramamurthy: violin
Sameer Gupta: drums
Perry Wortman: bass 

Jina Brass Band

8:30 P.M. Jina Brass Band
Dhol and brass fervor reflected off the streets of India and resonating on the asphalt of NYC. 

Sunny Jain: dhol
Pawan Benjamin: soprano saxophone / shehnai
Mike Bomwell: baritone saxophone
Reut Regev: trombone
Kenny Bentley: sousaphone 

Kuldeep Singh

THE REVOLUTION CONTINUES…improvised tableau with Kuldeep Singh at 6:00 P.M., 7:00 P.M., and 8:15 P.M.

Reflecting on the exhibition, The Progressive Revolution, performer and visual artist Kuldeep Singh, along with Jordan Alleman on the fretted banjo, bring three short performance acts in an improvised tableau. In which they construct the characters from these paintings and extend them to our present concocted identities.Together they re-tell the tales of people, the land and plurality of Indian and American soils.

Exhibitions on view at the museum:

The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India, September 14, 2018–January 20, 2019
A landmark exhibition of spectacular oil paintings from the 1940s to 1990s, by members of the Progressive Artists' Group. At a time of massive political and social upheaval, these artists gave visual form to the idea of India as secular, diverse, international, and united. 

S. H. Raza. Haut de Cagnes, 1951.
S. H. Raza. Haut de Cagnes, 1951. Gouache on paper. H. 27 x W. 28 1/2 in. (68.6 x 72.4 cm) The Darashaw Collection. Courtesy of the lender

Tuan Andrew Nguyen: Letters from Saigon to SaigonSeptember 7, 2018–January 6, 2019
A recently acquired series of nine photographs by Tuan Andrew Nguyen, the works capture a correspondence between a young Vietnamese rapper and African American rapper Saigon.

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Presented in part by State Bank of India, proud Supporter of the Season of India.

Event Details

Fri 07 Dec 2018
6 - 9 p.m.

Asia Society
725 Park Avenue 
New York, NY 10021

Free admission; cash bar.
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