Mardi Gras Concert

WHAT: The boisterous notes of New Orleans’s opulent Mardi Gras will fill the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center during a concert February 5. Part of the Freedom Center’s Black History Month programming, the New Orleans Mardi Gras Concert is a celebration of music and culture featuring New Orleans-based jazz trumpeter Ashlin Parker and the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music’s Jazz Orchestra, directed by Dr. Scott Belck. The Saturday night concert promises an evening with all the revelry and flair of Mardi Gras. Tickets for the live concert are $20 and are available now at

WHEN: 7 p.m., Saturday, February 5WHERE: Harriet Tubman Theater at the National Underground Railroad Freedom CenterTICKETS: $20, available online at

WHO: Ashlin Parker is based in New Orleans where he is sought after for big band, small ensemble and solo performances. His trumpet has taken him around the world, including South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia. He leads the Trumpet Mafia and has played with legendary artists Aretha Franklin, Ellis Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Herlin Riley, Roland Guerin, Leroy Jones, Derek Douget, Adonis Rose, Dr. John, Karl Denson, Igor Butman, Nicholas Payton, Rafael Saadiq, Dee Dee Bridgewater, the O’Jays and more. He is a Grammy Award-winning artist and has played on more than 30 albums with several featured solos.