St. Louis Riverfront has played host to
many events over the years, but few that
celebrate our River City heritage as well
as the newest event known as River Splash.
A variety of 18 musical acts are performing
throughout this extravaganza of sights and
sounds, as a fabulous music schedule is
followed each night by a laser water show
and a fireworks display.
The Mighty, Mighty Neville
Brothers, a musical icon in the Big
Easy, brought all their New Orleans flavor
to a crowd that filled the steps of the
Gateway Arch to overflowing.
up for the Nevilles was St. Louis' own Gumbohead,
a "psychically connected group of musicians,
raconteurs and tricknologists dedicated
to the presentation and preservation of
red-hot Louisiana dance music". From
the moment they opened up with 'Hot Tamale
Baby', Gumbohead began spreading their own
style of second-line fever throughout the
crowd. Following Gumbohead were the brothers
Neville - Aaron, Art, Charles and Cyril,
and Aaron's son Ivan - famous in his own
right, having done studio work with the
Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, and many others.
superband epitomizes the R&B legacy
of Louisiana, and have created a worldwide
fanbase since they began their string of
successful albums in 1977, beginning on
Capitol and moving to A&M. The high
point came in 1989 with "Yellow Moon",
written and sung by Aaron, whose solo career
was revived in 1991 with Warm Your Heart,
the acclaimed album produced by George Massenburg
and Linda Ronstadt.
Opening their act with Fire on the Bayou,
the hits continued with - naturally - Yellow
Moon, Tell It Like It Is, and closed with
Aarons intricate yet powerful delivery of
Amazing Grace. A spectacular night of music,
and the musical adventure known as River
Splash continues - see
All this entertainment is free, brought
to you by Celebrate
2004! Our photo gallery of River Splash
is below, but it's so much better live!