Hot 8 Brass Band brings Mardi Gras to BU

For immediate release: Feb. 22, 2011

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will channel the spirit of New Orleans as the Hot 8 Brass Band rings in Mardi Gras Friday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. The performance is part of the 25th anniversary season of BU’s Celebrity Artist Series. The event is open to the public with general admission of $25.

Originally from New Orleans, the nine-member band was displaced by Hurricane Katrina. They moved on to concert venues and recording studios and have been featured in the New York Times and on CNN, ABC’s “Nightline” and director Spike Lee’s Katrina documentary “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts.”

The Hot 8 Brass Band is one of many performances in this season’s Celebrity Artist Series. Upcoming shows, all in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall, are:

  • Rioult Dance Company, Saturday, March 26, at 8 p.m. Tickets: $30
  • “Spring Awakening,” Friday, April 8, at 8 p.m. Tickets: $30
  • Jazz vibraphonist and composer Stefon Harris, Friday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.