Following a 10:15AM performance by headliner Preservation Hall Jazz Band for over 1600 students in grades 4 through 6 from public, private, parochial and charter schools throughout Erie County, the Mardi Gras Jam public performance begins at 7PM on Friday, February 12th.
Schedule as follows:
7 – 7:20PM: Student Battle of the Bands winners Six String Circus from Hutch Tech.
7:30 – 8:10PM: New Orleans singer/guitarist/banjo player Carl LeBlanc
8:10 – 8:30PM: Intermission
8:30 – 10PM: Preservation Hall Jazz Band
10 – 11PM: After party in the Mary Seaton Room with Buffalo’s own 12/8 Path Band
$27 advance or $30 day of show. Tickets can be purchased at the Kleinhans box office, by calling 716-885-5000 or aw www.bpo.org. As MIA Executive Director Tod Kniazuk explains it, the ticket cost is a donation that pays for the student performance and master class with the visiting band “and you get a great concert for your money.”
Proceeds benefit Music is Art, a not for profit organization founded in 2004 by Buffalo native and Goo Goo Dolls bass guitarist Robby Takac with the mission of helping to explore and reshape music’s cultural, educational, and social impact on our community.
Images: Top, Preservation Hall Jazz Band; Middle, Carl LeBlanc; Bottom, Six String Circus.