Hayner Public Library and Lewis and Clark Community College again join their efforts to bring Mardi Gras to Alton and Godfrey.
Bud Shultz and the members of the You Can’t Beat Experience Jazz Band will lead the celebration of Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras) Concert in the Commons at Lewis and Clark Community College from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17. The concert is free to the public. This association between Hayner and Bud has been going on for about a dozen years.
The group is called You Can’t Beat Experience because Shultz, the leader, was only 15 when he joined the musician’s union and began playing professionally. Other players are Bob Picker, pianist with Lynn Zimmer at the Lake of the Ozarks for nine years; veteran banjoist Bobby Grimm, trombonist Doug Burns, trumpet player Joe Van Riper from the Principia College music faculty and a devotee of Dixieland, and Linton Luetje playing tuba in true New Orleans tradition. The youngster of the group is drummer Ken Link, who began playing with Shultz right out of high school in the 1960s.
“With all that experience, we can play for hours without ever getting out a scrap of sheet music,” Shultz said.
Music will include favorites like “What A Wonderful World.”
This year the group has lengthened the time and brought in a banjo and tuba to be more authentic. Participants are welcome to wear beads and bring parasols and Mardi Gras outfits. There will colorful parades from time to time. Cabaret seating will be available in the spacious Commons.
There is no admission fee. The Commons is on the campus of Lewis and Clark Community College by the bridge next to Hatheway Hall. The band will have all its CDs available for purchase. For directions, call the Music Office at (618) 468-4731 or Bud Shultz at (618) 466-9800. Campus maps are available at www.lc.edu.
This program is jointly sponsored by the Hayner Public Library District and the Music Department of Lewis and Clark Community College. Register at (800) 613-3163 for free admission.