St. Mark’s Church In-The-Bowery - Good Friday Blues

St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery
131 E. 10th Street

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, March 30, 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.


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, touring with performance artist Taylor Mac;
Eli Fountain, percussionist, composer and longtime instructor at Jazz at Lincoln Center, who has played with Max Roach’s M’Boom ensemble.
Ayodele Maakheru, guitarist and performer in Broadway orchestras, including Bring in da Noise/Bring in da Funk, The Full Monty, and The Wiz;
Steven Taylor, vocalist, composer, and poet, who was a close collaborator of Allen Ginsberg;
Vissi Dance Theater, culturally diverse dance company noted for using dance and drama to explore moral and social issues

For a complete list of performers, please contact Jeannine Otis or Jay Johnson at 212-674-6377.

WHEN:  Friday, March 30, 2018, noon to 3:00 p.m.

WHERESt. Mark’s Church In-The-Bowery, Second Avenue and Tenth Street, New York City.