Music Series


Mardi Gras & Carnival – A Free Jazz Concert Benefiting Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico

3:00pm / Sunday, February 11, 2018

Come celebrate Mardi Gras & Carnival—the exuberant party before the season of Lent begins—and join us for an afternoon of top-quality jazz at Christ Church Lutheran. New Orleans has Mardi Gras; Brazil and the Caribbean have Carnival. Celebrate these fabulous musical traditions with a benefit concert at 3:00pm on Sunday, February 11.
Bill Simenson and his Longfellow Jazz All-Stars will transport you to New Orleans and beyond.

The concert is free; an offering will be taken to support hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Our hearts are broken by the destruction that continues to plague Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit this past September. Lutheran World Relief has long-term commitments on the island, and all proceeds from this afternoon’s collection will go directly to help their recovery efforts there.

In Puerto Rico, Lutheran World Relief is working to provide assistance in the inland, mountainous community of Adjuntas, which has received little aid. LWR is providing cash vouchers to the neediest families, particularly those with young children and the vulnerable elderly, so they can meet their most immediate needs. LWR is also supplying refillable water filtration units so families no longer have to rely on drinking water from unpredictable bottled water distributions and unsafe sources like streams, as well as solar lanterns.

If you are unable to attend the concert but would still like to contribute, please send checks to Christ Church Lutheran (memo: Puerto Rico).