Mardi Gras San Francisco Style
Free Blues Concert with Pat Wilder
February 28, 2017
Mardi Gras San Francisco Style, 2017: Free Blues Concert
What: Mardi Gras San Francisco Style returns to the Fillmore on Tuesday, February 28th. The annual Fat Tuesday celebration opens with a free blues concert at 5 pm in the Fillmore Center Plaza, where Pat (Lady Guitar) Wilder, is followed by a New Orleans style processional, led by The St. Gabriel Brass Band and SumbaFunk!. The festivities continue with a masquerade ball at the West Bay Conference Center at 8 pm, where The West Coast Blues Society will perform some California style blues. Fat Tuesday in the Fillmore will again bring San Francisco’s historic Fillmore Music District to life with rhythm & blues, a colorful family friendly carnival atmosphere, along with face painting, street artists and performers.
Guests will be able to enjoy food, drink and other specialties at numerous Fillmore restaurants, clubs and businesses. A plethora of eclectic delectable eats will be available to satisfy every palate — whether it’s coffee and sports at the Fillmore Café, homemade cookies and ice cream at Bumzy’s Cookies and Miyako Ice Cream; Bruno’s Italian, mouth- watering sandwiches from Prime Dip or Ethiopian cuisine & Jazz from Sheba Piano Lounge.
“We are hopeful about this year’s celebration as we are expecting visitors from the Fillmore District and beyond,” said Adrian Williams, executive director of The Village Project and co-producer of the event. “Not only does our annual Mardi Gras celebration include elements of the traditional New Orleans celebrations, it continues to embrace the rich history of the Fillmore neighborhood — where music has been intertwined into the fabric of everyday life for more than 100 years.
When: Fat Tuesday, February 28, 2017
5:00 pm: Free Blues Concert, Fillmore Center Plaza, 1475 Fillmore @ O’Farrell. Performance by: Lady Guitar- Pat Wilder & Band
8:00 pm: Masquerade Ball, Westbay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore @ Eddy. Performance by: West Coast Blues Society Band
Advance purchase tickets for the Masquerade Ball are available at www.eventbrite.com. Ticket price include admission to the ball, dinner, beads, a wristband for corridor specials and a beverage.
The purchase of a $10 wristband will allow those not attending the ball to enjoy specials offered by numerous Fillmore restaurants, clubs and businesses along the Fillmore Corridor. Tickets and wristbands can be purchased @ www.eventbrite.com.
About the Village Project
Adrian Williams is the founder of The Village Project, a youth service organization focusing on education and cultural enrichment for youth and their families in the Western Addition. This annual fundraiser helps support an afterschool program and a free 8 week summer camp for underserved youth. The Village Project also produces Grilling in the ‘MO, A Senior Moment, A Senior Prom for the 50+ and Seven Days of Kwanzaa Celebration, which last year was held in 14 different venues throughout San Francisco. Ms. Williams is a recipient of the 2016 Jefferson Awards.
This year’s Mardi Gras San Francisco Style is co-sponsored by the Fillmore Center Apartments, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, The Arts Commission and many Fillmore merchants. Community partners who have consistently supported the Village Project’s efforts are San Francisco Travel, Episcopal Charities, Cathedral Hill Plaza Apartments, Booker T. Washington Community Center, Jewish Community High School of the Bay, West Bay Conference Center, Jazz’z Salon & Boutique, St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, The Center for Student Missions, YMCA Urban Services, Western Addition Family Resource Center, The Magic Zone, The Brooklyn Circus – SF, Bruno’s Pizza, Third World Market, Prime Dip, Bumzy’s Cookies, Sheba Piano Lounge, Miyako Ice Cream, St. Mary’s of the Virgin Episcopal Church, Nia Soul Catering, Bi-Rite Markets, Bill Graham Memorial Foundation, The Western Addition Senior Center, The Fillmore Auditorium, The Fillmore Café, Whole Foods, Charlie’s Pharmacy, The Mayor’s Office of Events, Ethiobay, Hats of the Fillmore, Progressive Cleaners, European Cleansers, The Village Project Advisory Board, Africana Studies, San Francisco State and the AAACC. Special thanks to Shelley Bradford Bell, Robert McLaughlin and Delaine Irvin.
Business Name: The Village Project
Contact: Adrian Williams
Address: 2097 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 424-2980