Live jazz, Mardi Gras beads, "Nawlins" food and a parade will all be part of the Cross-Cultural Connection’s Inaugural fundraiser to support its successful program.
The Director, world renowned jazz musician Ray Blue, has organized the “Celebrating Mardi Gras” event to be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 3 at the in Peekskill.
Cross-Cultural Connection is a non-profit organization based in Peekskill that is dedicated to promoting jazz culture, education and live performance in schools, colleges and communities.
“Jazz is the only genre of music that is considered America's classical music. It is important to preserve the culture by nurturing a new generation of jazz enthusiasts,” Blue wrote in a newsletter.
For eight years, Cross-Cultural Connection has been providing concerts, workshops, jazz history presentations, musical story-telling and mentoring in the United States, Europe, Africa and China.
The last three years the Connection has held their free Concerts, which feature student and professional musicians, in downtown Peekskill and drawn crowds of music lovers to the streets. This year, their goal is to raise $25,000 to meet the programming needs.
The party, which includes dinner, live music and a DJ costs $50, which is a donation to the Cross-Cultural Connection. All donations are tax-deductible and the tax identification number will be provided upon request.