The Jazz Kitchen
The best holidays are the ones where what you hear is as important as what you see. That’s particularly true for Mardi Gras, which has its own distinct, celebratory sound. And while we may not have events on par with New Orleans, that’s quite OK. What we do have is a Friday celebration along Mass Ave, tied into First Friday, which includes Brazilian Carnaval at the Athenaeum (featuring High Energy Band and a broadcast from Rio de Janeiro’s Carnaval parade), Jared Thompson and Premium Blend at the Chatterbox, and bead-decorated galleries and stores all along the street. Details here.
Want to keep the party going (or start later)? On Saturday at the Jazz Kitchen, Cultural Cannibals hosts its own Carnaval featuring the IU Brazilian Ensemble—featuring more than 20 drummers--the dance group Flores do Samba, and photos and videos of Rio from artist Artur Silva. Details here.