For the second year in a row, the Richmond Area Arts Council is holding their Mardi Gras Celebration.

Attendees can enjoy New Orleans food and music on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Arts Center from 6:30 to 10 p.m. The celebration will have authentic New Orleans cuisine and funky/rock type jazz music.

The event will be catered by Gumbo Ya Ya from Lexington, which will be serving food gumbo, jambalaya, maque choux, and red beans and rice in a buffet style. Tickets for the event, which are $30, can be purchased through the RAAC's website,, and include the cost of the buffet. There also will be a cash bar for patrons to enjoy.

"Everything will be built around the music and the food," RAAC executive director Randy Westbrook said.

The music entertainment for this year's Mardi Gras celebration is going to be a little bit different, Westbrook explained. He said a few of his friends from Memphis, where he lived for six years, are going to be playing at the event.

Hope Clayburn and her group Soul Scrimmage will be performing at the celebration. Westbrook said Clayburn is an influential Memphis based vocalist, songwriter, saxophonist and flutist. A release describes Clayburn's music as combining elements of soul, R&B, funk, rock, and blues. Playing bass alongside Clayburn will be Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist for the group Public Enemy Khari Wynn. Westbrook himself will be playing keyboard alongside with the bands.

Alongside the music, which Westbrook explained will not be too terribly disruptive, there will be raffles and breaks for the attendees of the event to catch up and talk.

The RAAC's Mardi Gras celebration will be a fun night out for the family or for those that want to go out and experience pieces of another culture, he added.

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