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By Cornbread

Last night I had the pleasure of spending the evening with the Neville Brothers at the freshly reopened Roberts Orpheum Theater. The venue is perfect for attending a concert, it’s got old fashioned charm and of the 1,400 seats I don’t think there is a bad one. My daughter joined me as we watched and listened to the legendary Nevilles; Art, Charles, Aaron and Cyril. As part of the nine person band there was at least one newer generation of the Nevilles (Ivan) performing as well. The show opened with a quick rendition of The Funky Meters “Cissy Strut”, followed by some old songs and some new ones from their 2004 release “Walkin’ In The Shadows Of Life”. These guys originally from Nawlins’ blended bluesy solos, funkafied dance grooves and infused R&B songs with plenty of soul. Aaron performed a couple of his well known ballads and added loads of soul and sensitivity. He’s at the top of his game and has never sounded better. Brother Charles was absolutely incredible on the sax, with long, smooooth solos. At one point there was a call and response between Charles on sax and their lead guitarist. My daughter said it was “very cool” and I agree.

'Cornbread'Ciao' for now, peace.
Peter 'Cornbread' Cohen, CBP
~ Cornbread@STLBlues.net ~

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