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Mardi Gras concert to benefit animal shelter, veterans

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com

The spirit of New Orleans will descend on Shelbyville this Saturday evening as Mardi Gras comes to town.

At 7:30 p.m., a concert featuring the music of Fats Domino and Allen Toussaint will begin at the Rendezvous event hall, 38 E. Washington St.

Local musician Buck Rogers Jr. is one of the acts.

“This is the second year ... we hope to make it an annual event,” he said.

Many are familiar with Fats Domino, but maybe not with Allen Toussaint.

He worked with Paul McCartney among others and wrote the song “Southern Nights” recorded by the late Glen Campbell, said Rogers. The show also will feature some of Toussaint’s own songs.

Part of the proceeds from Saturday night’s show will benefit the Shelby County Animal Shelter and Gateway House, a local home for veterans.

In addition, Mayor Tom DeBaun will be on hand with a proclamation declaring a Mardi Gras in Shelbyville, said Rogers.

The Shelby Arts Alliance will have an information table and The Icing Shoppe will have traditional Mardi Gras “King Cakes” available.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the show. They are available at Three Sisters Books & Gifts, 7 Public Square, and at the door if the show doesn’t sell out.

Besides Rogers, other musicians include the band Aftermath and Eric Davies who will perform both acoustic and electric songs. 

And there will be a costume contest, Rogers said.

Doors for the event open at 6:30 p.m. The music is due to begin at 7 p.m.