Winter Music Celebration warms up Michigan Theatre with live music Feb. 21

February 3, 2023

Celebrate Mardi Gras with a “Winter Music Celebration” on Feb. 21 at the Michigan Theatre of Jackson, featuring the Jackson College Community Concert Band and Jazzy Jets. The concert begins at 7 p.m.

This performance tradition at the downtown landmark started in February 2020 in response to requests for more performances and to connect with a weekday/downtown audience. Additionally, the historic Michigan Theater of Jackson offers a wonderful experience to audience members and performers alike!

This free performance features the fully instrumented Jazzy Jets performances of “Caravan” as performed in the movie “Whiplash,” Chicken Scratch, and Pharrell Williams’s “Happy.”  The Community Concert Band will present Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Jesters,” Gustav Holst’s “Mars,” band member and professional composer Chris Evan Hass’ original piece “Il Nostro Ragozzo Dolce,” and even a return of the group’s most requested encore of all time, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Both ensembles are led by Liberal Arts Department Chair and Instrumental Music Lead Faculty, Dan Bickel. “We’ll even add in some traditional jazz in the New Orleans style to celebrate the occasion,” Bickel said.

Enjoy the concert, a bag of popcorn and a drink, and experience a piece of Jackson’s historic beauty! Michigan Theatre is located at 124 N Mechanic St., Jackson.