[Dixielandjazz] Fresno Mardi Gras -- Website?
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Tue Nov 28 10:09:15 PST 2006
Hello Jim (and all),
You ask (regarding the Fresno festival):
>Where can one find online information about the Fresno Mardi Gras festival
>in January 2007?
It just so happens that I am the Festival Editor for the American Rag and I
just recently wrote the story about that very event.
Here it is in it's entirety:
Live it up on Fat Tuesday (Thats English for Mardi Gras)
The Sounds of Mardi Gras
Radisson Hotel, Fresno, California
January 25-28, 2007
Fresno is located right at the geographical center of the state of
California. Fresno is also the agricultural hub of the rich San Joaquin
Valley. But in January, Fresno will be the center of some pretty hot musical
The Fresno Jazz Society is getting the jump into Mardi Gras (official date
for 2007 is February 20th) with a hot line-up of ten fine jazz bands to get
into the spirit of bead throwing, lots of dancing and all around party fun.
The bands featured at this years event will be Fresnos own Blue Street
Jazz Band, Bob Schulz Frisco Jazz Band from San Francisco, CA and from
Springfield, VA comes the ever popular Buck Creek Jazz Band.
The High Sierra Jazz Band from Three Rivers, CA will be on hand along with
Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band - a great San Francisco Sound band from Seattle,
WA. Also appearing will be the New Reformation Jazz Band from Saginaw, MI.
And Bill Richards Two-Beat Bombers with soprano saxophone genius, George
And from the great Northwest and Canada look for the young and energetic
all-girl jazz band, Mighty Aphrodite, led by trumpeter/vocalist Bria
Skonberg. In addition, from Canada comes the Grand Dominion Jazz Band and
the Climax Jazz Band, both very hot bands on the festival circuit! Now those
are ten great bands which can enliven any jazz festival anywhere!
It all takes place at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in downtown
Fresno at 2233 Ventura Street. With that line-up of bands it should be great
Under the heading of Special Events the Fresno Mardi Gras lists a Thursday
Night Pre-Party, Lobby Entertainment by the Mel Ward Trio, and a special
Friday Night Coronation. Also there will be special Swing Sets presented on
Friday and Saturday.
George Probert will appear as Guest Artist with featured bands on Saturday
and Sunday (check your programs for time and venue). And on Saturday
afternoon therell be a Parasol Parade and an evening Masquerade Parade. The
Mardi Gras will wind up with a special Sunday Night Wind-Down Dinner and
Dance featuring Climax Jazz Band, Buck Creek Jazz Band and George Probert.
Two young ladies in particular (from the Mighty Aphrodite Jazz Band),
clarinetist Claire McKenna and trumpeter Bria Skonberg will be appearing in
two special sets with Climax Jazz Band and Bob Schulz Frisco Jazz Band. Be
sure to check your programs for time and venue.
There will be four venues located all under one roof at the Radisson Hotel.
They are the large Salon Ballroom, a smaller venue located right next the
the ballroom called Salon A and the Sequoia Room. In addition to these
three there will be a stage with bands performing in the Atrium section of
the hotel which is an open and spacious area where food and drink is
available. There will be dance floors in all of the venues and the Salon
Ballroom will have two dance floors available.
Accommodations may be booked at the Radisson Hotel (559-268-1000), La Quinta
Inn (559-442-1110), the Super 8 Motel (559-268-0621), and the Four Points
Sheraton Hotel (559-226-2200).
Badge prices are: three day badges -$65 before December 17th and $70 after.
Friday badges are $25, Saturday All Day Badges - $35, Saturday Evening from
6 pm - $20, and the Sunday Badges are $20.
The Thursday night Pre-Festival party is $15 and the Sunday night wind down
dinner and dance will cost $27.50.
Admission badges may be ordered by writing to the Fresno Dixieland Society,
P.O. Box 16399, Fresno, CA 93755. You may also download an order form
on-line at www.fortunecity.com/tinpan/blur/496/mardigras.html.
For further information you may phone 559-292-2999 or eMail:
frsdixie at aol.com.
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This may be too much information (or a least a bit more than you were asking
for) but I hope it is of benefit to you.
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