SOLD OUT-“Such a Night” Mardi Gras Musical Celebration – featuring Dr. John, Charles Neville and Soul Brass BandSaturday, February 25 at 8:00 pm
Dr. John and Charles Neville, two titans of the New Orleans music scene, share the stage in a rare performance to benefit Blues to Green, an organization that harnesses the power of music to bring people together and inspire positive social change. They met in the 1950’s as aspiring young musicians in New Orleans and later shared a small apartment in Soho as their respective careers took flight. In the intervening six decades they crossed paths on stages around the world and worked in the recording studio together, serving as ambassadors of the vibrant musical heritage that they grew up with.
On this exceptional night, Dr. John and Charles Neville reunite and join forces with New Orleans’ Soul Brass Band to celebrate and support the mission of Blues to Green, a nonprofit founded by Kristin Neville in response to the devastation of hurricane Katrina. Best known for producing the Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival, Blues to Green develops music and art events that aim to strengthen communities, catalyze social change, and promote environmental stewardship.
Dr. John is a legendary musician, whose name is synonymous with the colorful music, culture and traditions of New Orleans. Winner of six Grammy awards and an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Dr. John is well known for his musical style, bedazzled suits and showmanship. With more than sixty years in the music industry, Dr. John has performed with countless musicians including Professor Longhair, James Booker, Eric Clapton, Allen Toussaint, Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin, The Neville Brothers and more. He has written the score for, or performed his music for countless movies and TV including The Princess and the Frog, American Horror Story, Saturday Night Live; and performed at Super Bowl XL as a part of a pre-game tribute to the New Orleans Saints.Charles Neville is a Grammy winning artist, a master of the saxophone and a long-time resident of western Massachusetts. He has performed worldwide with artists like James Booker, Bobby Blue Bland, B.B. King, Allen Toussaint and of course Aaron Neville and The Neville Brothers.
Also performing that evening will be the Soul Brass Band, a top-flight band steeped in the New Orleans brass band tradition, from the regular band repertoire to second line parades. Their energy will get the party started! The event will begin with a Second-line parade led by the Soul Brass Band. Then Dr, John, Charles Neville and other musicians will color the night with the sounds of New Orleans, with that unique Mardi Gras flair! Come ready with your beads and dancing shoes.
Blues To Green is a non-profit organization dedicated to producing music and art events designed to uplift, inspire and educate communities, and catalyze social and environmental change. To that end, for the past three years Blues To Green has produced the Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival. Mentioned in Jazz Times as one of the Best New Festivals of 2016, the Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival has hosted many world-renowned artists including Big Chief Donald Harrison, Phil Woods, Chuchito Valdez, Joey DeFrancesco, Taj Mahal, Javon Jackson, Eric Krasno and Terri Lyne Carrington. The Festival proudly hosts a variety of workshops and educational activities as well as partnering with community groups to offer a variety of dance and theater performances. Blues to Green opens the eyes of its audiences to a world full of wonderful sounds and passionate people, while also nurturing a growing appreciation for jazz, art, and culture in our communities. Blues To Green and the Festival has successfully built bridges across disparate communities in Springfield and is now at the forefront of propelling Springfield and western Massachusetts into the marketplace as a viable and growing American community.
Show Date/ Time:
Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Doors at 7:30 pm
Reserved Seating- $45 & $30 // 100 best seats in the house- $75 (includes a VIP pre-show reception with Dr. John!)
Where/ How Tickets Can be Purchased:
Academy of Music Box Office Open Tuesday- Friday 3:00PM-6:00PM
Call: 413-584-9032 ext.105 (Service fees will apply with purchase)
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