Here's my Neville Brothers concert review that will run in the upcoming edition of CL.
Photo of Aaron Neville crooning by Shanna Gillette.
The Neville Brothers w/Ziggy Marley at A Taste of Pinellas, Sat., June 2, Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg.
Tropical Storm Barry had passed through earlier in the day. Dark clouds still hung in the sky. The Neville Brothers took the stage Saturday at Vinoy Park, and people were trickling in with chairs and ponchos, unsure whether they were going to get doused by another downpour.
Luckily, the rains never came (other than a drizzle or two), allowing for thousands to enjoy a memorable presentation of the dynamic brand of R&B distinct to the Nevillesâ native New Orleans, the city the four siblings have proudly represented for decades.
From the start, the Nevilles played with a sense of purpose, ultimately delivering a performance that was at turns jubilant, touching, socially conscious and spiritual. It was the kind of show that not only takes the listener away from the daily grind for a couple of hours, but leaves one feeling a little better about life on the way out.
The Neville Brothers took the stage around 6:30 p.m. and went straight into the funk classic âFire on the Bayou.â Originally recorded by The Meters (which included keyboardist Art Neville and percussionist Cyril Neville) in the mid-â70s, the song immediately had people stomping their feet to the steamy, syncopated grooves. Charles Neville unleashed a sax solo, and the sun peeked through the clouds â it was a good sign of things to come.