Northwest School of the Arts’ Theatre Arts Guild has contracted with renowned band Sol Driven Train to perform at its Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball on February 18 in NoDa.

Based in Charleston, SC, the five-piece band features rotating lead vocalists and multi-instrumental talent spread across horns, strings and percussion.

The Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball, a major fundraiser for the arts magnet school’s theatre department, will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight on February 18, 2012 at Carolina Actors Studio Theatre at 2424 North Davidson Street in NoDa.

The event is open to the public and will feature a costume contest, silent auction and food from Acme Oyster House in New Orleans as well as local restaurants. Tickets are $30 for individuals, $50 for couples and $200 for a table of 8, which includes wine and chocolates. Tickets can be purchased at

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