Staying true to its long history and commitment to justice and mercy through worship and the arts, poetry, dance, and historic preservation, St. Mark’s Church In-The-Bowery announces plans for its annual Good Friday Blues on Friday, April 19, noon to 3:00 p.m. at Second Avenue and Tenth Street, New York City.
“The experience is a spiritual journey,” says Jeannine Otis, Director of Music at St. Mark’s Church In-The-Bowery. “Through the genre of the blues, which evokes the history of struggle and dealing with challenges, we explore the unbreakable connection to and boundless love from God that emerges in even the darkest times. It is beautifully cathartic.”
In 2002 Good Friday Blues was created through collaborative efforts between the Right Reverend Catherine Roskam; Jeannine Otis, Music Director of St. Mark’s; and the St. Mark’s Church Choir.
WHAT: St. Mark’s Church In-The-Bowery presents its 17th annual Good Friday Blues, which includes the Passion according to the Gospel of John, veneration of the cross, and Holy Communion from reserve sacraments. All are welcome.
WHO: Featuring the St. Mark’s Choir, Good Friday Blues Band, and a cast of actors, singers, dancers, writers and instrumentalists. Preachers at the service include Bishop Mary Glasspool, Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of New York, The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Stewardship of Creation, and Dr. Nell Gibson, a life long and dedicated activist to racial equality and social justice.
- Stanley Banks, Grammy award-winning bassist.
- Art Barron, jazz trombonist, formerly of the Duke Ellington band, who has performed with Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen and Tony Bennett.
- Bernice Brooks, drummer, who has shared the stage with Tito Puente, Patti Labella and other Jazz and R&B stars.
- Bobby Harden, acclaimed soul and blues musician and lead singer of the original Blues Brothers Band.
- Ayodele Maakheru, guitarist and performer in Broadway orchestras, including Bring in da Noise/Bring in da Funk, The Full Monty, and The Wiz.
- Larry Marshall, veteran actor and Grammy award-winning singer featured in 15 Broadway productions, currently starring as Joe in Waitress.
- Poet Gold, spoken-word performance artist and activist, who served as the 2017 and 2018 New York Dutchess County Poet Laureate.
- Renoly Santiago, actor, singer, and writer, known for his performance alongside Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds.
- Steven Taylor, vocalist, composer, and poet, who was a close collaborator of Allen Ginsberg.
- Karlus Trapp, guitarist, music educator, and 2012 NYC Blues Hall of Fame Inductee.
- James Weidman, Grammy nominated jazz pianist, who has performed at a number of venues including Carnegie Hall, Birdland, Blue Note, Village Vanguard, and the Jazz Standar.
For a complete list of performers, please contact Jeannine Otis or Jay Johnson at 212-674-6377.
WHEN: Friday, April 19, 2019, noon to 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: St. Mark’s Church In-The-Bowery, Second Avenue and Tenth Street, New York City.