LIVE: The Neville Brothers @ Alive at Five, 8/6/09

August 7th, 2009, 12:28 pm by Greg

Aaron Neville

Aaron Neville

The Neville Brothers have been playing music together for more than 30 years now, but of course, they’ve been together a lot longer than that.

As Cyril declared at the end of their free concert in Albany’s Riverfront Park on Thursday, August 6, “Art Neville. Charles Neville. Aaron Neville. Me Neville. You Neville.”

They are brothers. And we’re all brothers. The Neville Brothers.

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Aaron Neville, What Was The First Record You Ever Bought?

August 4th, 2009, 2:18 pm by Sara

“Back in those days, there weren’t really albums. When I was a kid there were 78s. Well, yeah, I guess there were actually albums even back then. I don’t know what they were made out of, but they sure were heavy. I wasn’t into buying albums back then, though.

My brother Art worked at a record shop, and he used to bring all records home. My dad used to buy stuff like Nat King Cole, Charles Brown and Louis Jordan, but Art used to buy all of the doo-wop stuff like the Clovers, Billy Ward and the Dominoes, Clyde McPhatter, Sonny Till and the Orioles, Pooky Hudson and the Spaniels and the Midnighters.

I didn’t really buy albums back in those days, but I did buy quite a few singles. I’m really not sure, but maybe the first record that I bought myself might have been ‘Earth Angel’ by the Penguins. You could say that I came up in the college of doo-wop-ology.”

Aaron Neville, his brothers and their band play a free concert as part of the Alive @ Five concert series in Albany’s Riverfront Park at 5pm Thursday, August 6.


Real Good for Free: Alive @ 5

May 21st, 2009, 7:55 am by Greg

It’s a five o’clock world when the whistle blows,
No one owns a piece of my time…

Downtown Albany’s free outdoor summertime Alive @ Five concert series kicks off on Thursday, June 4 with John Popper and Blues Traveler. Woodstock guitarslinger Jim Weider – the guy who took over Robbie Robertson’s guitar chair in The Band – brings his own band Project Percolator to town to open the show.

That’s the first of an expanded, 11-show series that takes place at the Riverfront Park amphitheater in Albany’s Corning Preserve every Thursday at 5pm through August 13 when it all wraps up with a righteous reggae celebration featuring the Original Wailers with Bearin’ Peace.

Best of the bunch? I’m betting on the Neville Brothers, who are making a return appearance following their 2004 Alive @ Five show. Of course, I admit to having a particular bias towards Aaron and his brothers that has often made me swoon.

I saw them perform onboard a New Orleans riverboat on my honeymoon, and they made me attempt to impress my lovely new bride with dance moves that I had no idea were even in my repertoire.

Several years later, I ventured over to Pearl Street in Northampton, Mass. with my buddy and now bandmate Micheal Eck, and we found ourselves at a post-concert soiree in Northampton Hotel where Aaron was seated at the upright piano, regaling the intimate crowd with handful of solo songs before wrapping it up with a heart-stopping rendition of “The Mickey Mouse Club Theme Song.”

Then again the Original Wailers could certainly stir up a memorable memorial to the great Bob Marley. And Vermonters Grace Potter and her band are working with Midas-touched produced T Bone Burnett on their upcoming album, so I wouldn’t sell them short.

And I’ve been a fan of the uncompromising Irish-rockers Black 47 since bandleader Larry Kirwan and his band made their Nippertown debut in 1992, stirring up quite a mosh pit at Bogie’s.

Here’s the complete slate:

June 4: Blues Traveler/Jim Weider’s Project Percolator

June 11: The Platters/Cornell Gunter’s Coasters/Wylder

June 18: The Marshall Tucker Band/Jefferson Thomas

June 25: Grace Potter & the Nocturnals/Deni Bonet

July 2: The Village People/the Refrigerators

July 9: Black 47/Kevin McKrell & the Hard Road Ceili Band

July 16: Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra/Sensemaya

July 23: Hotel California/Aloud

July 30: Tower of Power/the Out of Control Rhythm & Blues Band

August 6: The Neville Brothers/Mingo Fishtrap

August 13: The Original Wailers/Bearin’ Peace

As always, the rain site for each show is the parking lot under the I-787 overpass at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch. But it’s such a horrible place to hear a show that let’s all keep our fingers crossed that none of the shows – or at least none of the good ones – have to re-locate.

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