Mardi Gras, Music and More Art

The Shelby County Arts Council’s events promise to kick off the new year in style.


By Lindsay Dyess
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Show some love for the arts this February with the Shelby County Arts Council. With a revolving gallery of talented artists, a venue of up-and-coming musicians and a calendar full of classes and events, there is something for everyone at the SCAC.

Kicking off the month is the annual Mardi Gras Bash with regional favorites 2Blu and the Lucky Stiffs. Each February, 2Blu brings down the house at this music party. No Mardi Gras party would be complete without homemade gumbo and King Cake, complimentary with the ticket purchase. This is the perfect event for a night out with friends. Get your tickets early; this show is a guaranteed sell-out. Join us on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Shelby County Arts Council for the annual Mardi Gras Bash. Tickets are $25. Doors open at 7 p.m. For tickets and information, visit

Join us on Saturday, Feb. 24 for the Celebration of the Arts annual fundraiser luncheon at First Baptist Church of Columbiana. Each year, the Federated Women’s Clubs of Columbiana host this fundraiser benefiting the Shelby County Arts Council. This year, storyteller and musician Sean Dietrich performs Sitting on Southern Porches as part of the live entertainment. There will also be artwork available for purchase and lunch catered by The Fish Market Restaurant. All proceeds from this event help continue the programs created by the SCAC such as Writing Our Stories creative writing program for at-risk students, ArtAbilities classes for special needs students and art programs at the Juvenile Detention Center. Everyone is invited to join us in the celebrating and supporting these local arts programs. The luncheon will be held Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Columbiana. Tickets are $25 each and available at

And if you didn’t get enough of Sean Dietrich at the Celebration of the Arts Luncheon, join us at the Shelby County Arts Council on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. as he performs a tribute to Ray Charles. Dietrich, known for his online column Sean of the South, is not only a great storyteller but also a classically trained jazz musician. Although his columns capture the essence of life in the South, he has proven to be a musically diverse individual. In this performance he pays tribute to the great Ray Charles through music and stories. Accompanying him for this performance are seasoned musicians Chris Wendle and Steve Ramos. Join us in the Black Box Theater on Saturday, Feb. 24 for this special performance of Sean Dietrich. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and available for purchase at

Join us this February in celebrating the arts at the SCAC. Check out one of our great performances in our Black Box Theater or try your hand at a music or art class. For more information on upcoming events or classes, visit our website or call (205) 669-0044. Find us on Facebook at Shelby County Arts Council and Instagram @shelby_county_arts.