Thursday, April 1, 2021

People of All Faiths Welcome to Watch St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery's 20th Annual Good Friday Blues Service


People of All Faiths Welcome to 
Watch St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery's

20th Annual Good Friday Blues Service


 
WHEN: Friday, April 2, 2021, noon to 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, live via Zoom. 

Good Friday Service Reaches Out to Community With Blues and Gospel Music
 
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 2, noon to 3:00 p.m. presented this year via Zoom.
 
“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.”
 
WHAT: St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery presents its 20th annual Good Friday Blues, which includes the Passion according to the Gospel of John, meditations by three preachers, and music presented from artists across New York City. All are welcome to this virtual show.
 
WHO: Featuring leaders of the Episcopal Dioceses of New York, Grammy-award winning performers and members of the St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery greater community, many of whom are inaugural Good Friday Blues performers:

SPEAKING:
  • Rt. Rev. Andrew M. L. Dietsche, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York
  • Dr. Nell Gibson, lifelong and dedicated activist to racial equality and social justice
  • Co-Creator Rt. Rev. Catherine S. Roskam, Suffragan Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, retired
 PERFORMANCES BY:

  •  Stanley Banks, Grammy award-winning bassist for George Benson
  • Art Barron, jazz trombonist, formerly of the Duke Ellington band, who has performed with Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen and Tony Bennett
  • Michelle DellaFave, vocalist, who is a veteran of television, including a longtime run as a singer-dancer in the groups “The Golddiggers” and “The Dingaling Sisters” on The Dean Martin Show
  • Danny Kean, celebrated pianist, who has played with Stevie Cochran, Sam “Buzman” Taylor, and has performed at the Apollo Theater
  • Ayodele Maakheru, guitarist and performer in Broadway orchestras, including Bring in da Noise/Bring in da FunkThe Full Monty, and The Wiz
  • Carol Maillard, director of Grammy-award winning a capella group Sweet Honey in the Rock
  • Larry Marshall, veteran actor and Grammy award-winning singer featured in 15 Broadway productions, who recently starred as Joe in Waitress
  • Brocton Pierce, actor of television and film, whose credits include P.S. I Love You, Confessions, and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
  • Rev Anne Sawyer Rector of SAINT MARKS CHURCH
  • The St. Mark's Choir, and more...

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