It’s hosted hundreds of performances since it opened in the 1920s, including classical, jazz, and rock music.
The Bandshell was built in 1923 to provide a larger and more modern facility for music on the Mall, which had been hosting musical performances since the 1860s. The first bandstand here was a small but elaborate structure designed by Jacob Wrey Mould. The construction of the larger bandshell was funded by philanthropist and music-lover Elkan Naumburg. Located directly below the Wisteria Pergola, the Bandshell is notable as the only Neoclassical building in the Park, a striking contrast to the Park’s predominantly Victorian or Victorian-inspired architecture and design.
For more than a century, the Bandshell has been home to the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts, the one of the world's oldest, free outdoor classical concert series.