Along with the Alexanders, patrons tapped their feet in meditative rhythms to scores of the sax and soft, fleeting vocals from Sedville Jazz Band.
"It's relaxing. It's something different to do," said George Alexander.
"We're focusing on bringing events to the community and showcasing the talents from the community," said Josh King, an MCC board member.
King also played as patrons dined and spoke around elaborate centerpieces. His bands, SPACEMEN and Everest Ruin, are both affiliated with MCC. The organization's president, Eric Crump, said the musicians are open to anyone interested in music and helping young musicians who want to learn and grow.
That's also the meaning behind Friday's event -- to support the arts in Marshall. MCC's goal is to promote local artists, arts education and the city, according to the organization website.
Four bands performed including the Missouri Valley College Jazz Band. The proceeds from Friday evening as well as future events will go to support the organization's efforts in general.
"I think everyone involved was very pleased with the event," Crump said. "We had all the ingredients: great food, great people, great art. And great people to come enjoy them."
Crump said organization members were pleased with the turnout, and encouraged by the amount of community support they had.
"Hopefully by week's end we'll have our website updated, including sponsors, artists, musicians and volunteers," Crump continued.
The next planned event is an arts and craft show March 26, 2011, at Marshall High School, and the first Bob James Festival will be held May 21, 2011. The festival will feature Bobby Watson, a Kansas City-based jazz musician, and highlight Marshall's connections in the music world.
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