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Lent’s coming: Send the seven deadly sins packing with jazz

Sweetwater Grill & Tavern will stage a Mardi Gras bash — with the help of the Vintage Jazz Society.

The bar and grill has been the host for the local jazz society’s Mardi Gras celebration for about seven years. Local New Orleans-style band Strictly Dixie will play at 7 p.m. on the enclosed patio, with another ensemble from the jazz society (and some non-members) led by local guitarist and society member Thad Bonduris starting at about 8 p.m. At 9 p.m., Bonduris and society member Ron Fink will open the bandstand for an open jam session.

The Vintage Jazz Society first played Sweetwater about six years ago in the group’s first Mardis Gras event. Mardi Gras, which is largely a cultural celebration originating in New Orleans, is also a nod to the feast leading into Ash Wednesday and Lent — a liturgical season marked by intentional self-denial and abstinence from carnal pleasures.

The Mardi Gras event is the sole fundraiser for the Vintage Jazz Society, a local group that meets on the first and third Monday of the month for discussion of jazz written, performed and recorded between 1900 and 1930. On Fat Tuesday, the musicians play for whatever gets tossed in the tip jar. The donations help the group reserve the Center for the Visual Arts as a member organization of the Greater Denton Arts Council.

The Sweetwater menu will be Cajun for the day.

— Lucinda Breeding


What: Denton Vintage Jazz Society’s Fat Tuesday celebration

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St.

Details: Admission is free, but tips are welcome and revelers are invited to buy dinner and drinks. Mardi Gras masks and costumes are welcome.