It’s hellos and goodbyes in the music world. Days after the Replacements announced a reunion tour, the Neville Brothers are making plans for a farewell concert to cap off their long career as performers.
Joining them for their last show at “Nevilles Forever: A Celebration of the Neville Brothers and Their Music” will be Allen Toussaint, Terence Blanchard, Trombone Shorty and Widespread Panic, among others, according to a news release announcing the event. The May 2 concert comes toward the end of this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, though it isn’t affiliated with that event.
The Neville Brothers—Aaron, Art, Charles and Cyril—have been playing in one fashion or another since the 1950s, and its members are associated with hits like “Sister Rosa.” Aaron, probably the most celebrated brother, made it big outside the group recording “Don’t Know Much” and “Everybody Plays the Fool.”
“The Neville Brothers are the royal family of New Orleans funk,” said Don Was in a statement. Was will serve as musical director for the evening.
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