Live: Dr. John & The Neville Brothers vs. Memorial Hall | Music | Indy Week
Music
INDY Week's music blog

Archives | RSS

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Live: Dr. John & The Neville Brothers vs. Memorial Hall

Posted by on Wed, Feb 25, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Dr. John & The Neville Brothers

Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill

Tuesday, Feb. 24

The eye sockets of the skull perched atop the grand piano glared at the sold-out, seated audience in Memorial Hall last night. Dr. John spent his Mardi Gras away from his New Orleans home to be in Chapel Hill, and, although it had been showered with beads beforehand and encouraged to get up and dance, most of the crowd sat quietly and tapped its feet as Dr. John led his band onstage.

click to enlarge C'mon, now, dance with me.
  • C'mon, now, dance with me.

Luckily, a few numbers finally pulled some people out of their seats.

While Dr. John’s set lacked an engrossing voodoo creepiness, the crowd did receive a boogie-woogie version of Leadbelly’s “Goodnight Irene” particularly well. The tension between New Orleans party music and this proper concert hall existed through the night, but Dr. John helped loosen things up for The Neville Brothers during his hour-plus set.

When the Brothers finally took the stage, they brought Mardi Gras with them—even with the absence of the eldest, Art. Pounding, polyrhythmic grooves drug the audience to its feet, Cyril growling like hype man. A group of 20 or more fans squeezed near the left side of the orchestra pit, dancing during the entire set. Their moves got more sensual during a cover of “Fever,” made famous by Peggy Lee. Beginning with a gentle, bubbling voice/ sax duet between Aaron and Charles, it finally broke into funky jazz.

“Come on, y’all, this is Mardi Gras,” beckoned Cyril from behind his percussion kit during an extended version of “Iko Iko,” played earlier in the evening by Dr. John. The crowd clapped itself into standing and didn’t sit until Aaron’s encore performance of “Amazing Grace.” The marathon set didn’t end until almost 11 p.m., and by its close, the Mardi Gras spirit—illustrated by plastic beer and wine cups littering the floor—triumphed concert hall stuffiness, after all.

Tags: , ,

Pin It

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Music



Twitter Activity

Most Recent Comments

Thanks so much for giving me a platform to share this video far and wide. I appreciate everything the IndyWeek …

by Louis Landry on Video Premiere: Louis Landry's "I Know a Guy" Updates the Bible (Music)

It was an editing error. It has been fixed. Thanks for pointing it out.

by David Klein on Corrosion of Conformity, Superchunk Top the State Fair's Concerts This Year (Music)

Why does this piece call Maceo Parker a master funk bass man when he plays saxophone?

by sonikrock on Corrosion of Conformity, Superchunk Top the State Fair's Concerts This Year (Music)

Last paragraph is just more proof there is a double standard when it comes to justice.

by aburtch on Live: Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa Puff Puff Pass in Raleigh (Music)

Comments

Thanks so much for giving me a platform to share this video far and wide. I appreciate everything the IndyWeek …

by Louis Landry on Video Premiere: Louis Landry's "I Know a Guy" Updates the Bible (Music)

Most Read

© 2016 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation