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Celebrate Mardi Gras at the Tower

Celebrate Mardi Gras at the Tower If it’s Fat Tuesday it must be Mardi Gras, and the last chance to splurge before Lent! So come to the Tower Theatre in downtown Bend Tuesday, March 4 at 7 pm and celebrate with some good, old-fashioned Dixieland from Bend’s own Summit Express Jazz Band.

Wear purple, gold or green, grab a special King Cupcake at the concession stand, order a cold brew, dance in the aisles, and “let the good times roll!” To help jump-start a Big Easy party, each attendee receives two free strings of Mardi Gras beads.

Named after a popular ski lift at Mt. Bachelor, the Summit Express Jazz Band is one of Bend’s most popular groups, equally at home in the symphony playing Beethoven, the 7th inning stretch at Bend Elks games playing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” or on a street corner playing Louis Armstrong. The band’s name is fitting as the versatile group continues its climb to the top, recently reaching #1 on the Reverb Nation jazz charts.

Formed in 2010, the band features Greg Byers on trumpet, Ted Burton on clarinet, Dan Flagg on trombone, Rick Havern on banjo, Tom Barber on tuba, and Dennis Senff on drums.

The nonprofit Tower Theatre Foundation owns and operates the historic stage in downtown Bend. The Foundation’s mission is to be the leading performing arts organization, providing cultural and education programs that make an essential contribution to Central Oregon’s lifestyle and strengthen the community. Membership, program information and individual and group tickets are available at the box office (835 NW Wall), by phone (541-317-0700) or online ( Details on events are also at

What: Mardi Gras Celebration with Summit Express Jazz Band
When: Tuesday, March 4 – 7 pm
Where: Tower Theatre – 835 NW Wall Street – Bend, Oregon
Tickets: $4
              Plus $1 Historic Theatre Preservation Fee 
              General Admission seating 
              541-317-0700 or

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