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St. James Episcopal Church Plans Mardi Gras Celebration in Dexter

University of Michigan faculty members Stephen Rush and Andrew Bishop will perform traditional New Orleans jazz music on Feb. 10.

The sounds of New Orleans jazz will echo off the walls at St. James Episcopal Church on Feb. 10 during the church's Mardi Gras celebration.

The celebration kicks-off at 4 p.m. with a concert featuring A2BQ from the University of Michigan School of Music and Dance Jazz faculty. Members are Stephen Rush, piano; Andrew Bishop, saxophone, clarinet; and Jeremy Edwards, drums.

"The program will include New Orleans-tinged jazz, modern and old, with a touch of hymns Mardi Gras style," the church wrote in a press release. "Running the gamut from Louis Armstrong to Ornette Coleman, this group makes art music as entertaining as it is enlightening."

After the concert, there will be southern cuisine served, along with beer, in the church hall to complete the celebration.

Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the Christian practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday. This year, Ash Wednesday falls on Feb. 13.

The concert and dinner are free with a food donation to Faith in Action. For more information, call 734-426-8247.

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