Mardi Gras San Francisco Style and 6th Annual Masquerade Ball Kicks Off at Fillmore Plaza Feb 18

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The Village Project and the Fillmore Center are proud to present the 6th Annual Mardi Gras San Francisco Style – Fat Tuesday in the Fillmore from February 18 to February 21, 2012. The four-day celebration will commence with a free kick-off concert in the Fillmore Plaza on Saturday February 18th from 2 to 5 pm.

The Mardi Gras San Francisco Style events start February 18.

This year’s 6th Annual Mardi Gras San Francisco Style – Fat Tuesday in the Fillmore fundraiser will once again bring the San Francisco Fillmore Music District to life with colorful events that include a masquerade ball, free concerts, street artists, performers, and New Orleans-style processionals.

A plethora of eclectic delectable eats will be available to satisfy every palate, whether it’s homemade cookies and ice cream at Bumzy’s Cookies, chicken and waffles at Gussie’s, Yoshi’s Japanese, or Ethiopian cuisine from Rasselas and Sheba Lounge.

The four-day celebration, produced by The Village Project and The Fillmore Center begins Saturday, February 18th, with a free kick-off concert in the Fillmore Plaza. This event will feature reggae jams from The Jah Summit Band and funk sounds from The Uninvisible Band.

The Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball at the West Bay Conference Center is the crown jewel of San Francisco’s Fat Tuesday celebration on February 21, featuring Black Nature of the Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, with a guest performance by Ziek Carter.

There will be a free pre-ball concert at the Fillmore plaza from 5 pm to 7 pm, with street artists and performers and a final festive processional to the ball, where guests will enjoy an evening of New Orleans style food, dancing to a DJ, a costume contest, raffles, and plenty of partying.

Advance purchase tickets are $35 per person or $60 for couples. At the door, tickets are $45 per individual and $70 for couples. Ticket price also allows guests to enjoy specials offered by numerous Fillmore restaurants and businesses, including admission to both Saturday night’s after-party at Rasselas ($15 without ticket). Tickets are available at Marcus Books and http://www.brownpapertickets.com

Mardi Gras Event Schedule:

Saturday

February 18

  • 2:00 pm: Kick-off Concert featuring the Jah Summit Band (Reggae), The Uninvisible Funk Band and Village Kids Chorus and a Kiddie Carnival @ Fillmore Center Plaza - 1475 Fillmore Street (free)
  • 3:00 pm: Music and street performances @ Bumzy’s Cookies - 1460 Fillmore Street (free)
  • 6:30 pm: The Jaz Sawyer Mardi Gras Party @ Yoshi’s – 1330 Fillmore Street
  • 7:00 pm: New Orleans-style processional down Fillmore Corridor – Starts @ Fillmore Center Plaza - 1475 Fillmore Street
  • 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm: Kenny Lattimore @ Yoshi’s – 1330 Fillmore Street
  • 8:00 pm: After-Party @ Rasselas Jazz Club, with the Uninvisible Funk Band and DJ – 1534 Fillmore Street ($15.00 or free with masquerade ticket)
  • 8:00 pm: Drink and food specials @ Gussie’s Chicken and Waffles – 1521 Eddy Street; State Bird Provisions – 1529 Fillmore Street; and Sheba’s Piano Lounge – 1419 Fillmore Street
  • 10:30 pm: Brass Monkey Brass Band @ Yoshi’s – 1330 Fillmore Street

Sunday

February 19

  • 2:00 pm: Memorial benefit concert, celebrating Eddie Marshall and featuring Bobby McFerrin, Bobby Hutcherson, and Holy Mischief @ Yoshi’s – 1330 Fillmore Street
  • 3:00: pm New Orleans-style processional – Starts at St. John Coltrane Church and parades up Fillmore Street to a social with more music @ Bop City Club / Marcus Books - 1712 Fillmore Street
  • 6:00: pm and 8:00 pm – Kenny Lattimore @ Yoshi’s – 1330 Fillmore Street
  • 6:30 pm: The Jaz Sawyer Mardi Gras Party @ Yoshi’s – 1330 Fillmore Street

Monday

February 20

  • 8 pm: Pre-Masquerade jam session and open mic @ Rasselas Jazz Club – 1534 Fillmore Street

Fat Tuesday

February 21

  • 5:00 to 7 pm: Free Concert in Fillmore Center Plaza featuring Bobby Webb and the Smooth Blues Band
  • 7:00 to 8:00 pm: New Orleans-style processional along Fillmore Corridor; street artists and performers and a final festive processional to the Ball @ West Bay Conference Center – 1290 Fillmore St # 200
  • 8:00 to 11:00 pm: The Sixth Annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball @ West Bay Conference Center – 1290 Fillmore Street

About Adrian Williams and 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. The Village Project also produces Grilling in the ’MO, A Senior Moment and Seven Days of Kwanzaa Celebration, which last year was held in more than a dozen different venues.

This year’s Mardi Gras San Francisco Style is co-sponsored by the Fillmore Center and co-produced by Omar Khalif.

Community partners include the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services (MONS), Supervisor Christina Olague, Renaissance Parents of Success, West Bay Conference Center, Gussie’s Chicken and Waffles, Bumzy’s Cookies, Marcus Books, Planet Fillmore Communications, The Jazz Heritage Center, Yoshi’s, Rasselas Jazz Club, Sheba Piano Lounge, St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, Miyako Ice Cream, The Express Yourself Café, Jamie’s Graphics, St. John Coltrane African Orthodox Church, SFPD, Teri’s Creation and Boutique, The New Chicago Barber Shop, State Bird Provisions, and the Western Addition Family Resource Center (Kiddies Park sponsor).

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