Funky Meters return to N.O., but still no sign of Neville Brothers
“I would love to be able to play in New Orleans with them, but it's got to be right.”
Posted by Keith Spera, music writer May 04, 2007 12:07PM Categories: Jazzfest Art Neville will lead a revamped version of the Funky Meters at the House of Blues on Saturday, the band's first hometown appearance ... via Times-Picayune
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#1 May 8, 2007
I am sorry to see so many people lash out at the Nevilles. A city is not a family, it can be called into account when it does not meet the expectations of it's citizens. Everyone has a right to voice there opinions, even you. But I think it would be better to admit that the people of New Orleans were treated like a 3rd world nation during the Katrina disaster, than to try to silence those who feel this way. The surviors who had to live through those tragic days are most qualified to voice their emotions on this subject. All those of you who feel that the Nevilles "lived off" of New Orleans, I would say it was a little bit of the reverse. If I remember the "city of New Orleans was always calling upon them to represent and act as ambassadors, many times, I am sure, for not the money their talent deserved. All those who say that the Nevilles have no talent and have fooled the tourist must realize that most of those very tourist came specifically for the New Orleans musical style made famous by the Nevilles. To deny this is just dishonest. I submit that all those who are now trashing this historic and vital New Orleans family, do not care or have a real interest in the betterment or future development of the "spirit of real New Orleans". Please let's not allow this to continue. It appears that after all the culture vultures have had their fill, they now feel they have the right to trash a part of Real New Orleans. I don't think you have that right. So please cease and decease......
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