When I was living in Antibes, France, I was surprised how many people I met there were from, or had lived in, New Orleans. One who became a close friend was a girl named Jane who worked as a barmaid at Chez Charlie’s Pub. In the summer of 1991 it was announced that the first family of New Orleans music, the Neville Brothers, were going to be featured one night at the annual week-long Juan les Pins jazz festival. Naturally all of us with a Big Easy connection immediately bought tickets and got our friends to buy, too, so they could be introduced to the Nevilles.
With a high level of excitement and anticipation we arrived at the stage venue early so we could get up right close to the stage to see our favorites. Then along came the opening act, The Mint Juleps. A group of British lasses no one had ever heard of. They opened the show with the following song and blew the Neville Brothers off the stage.
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Oh, my gosh. They’re terrific, and I’ve never heard of them. One of my favorite albums of all time is the Persuasions’ “Street Corner Symphony” – all a capella, of course.
Be back later for more listening – I don’t know Katie either, so I’m looking forward to that.
They are great, aren’t they? When the first couple of bars of Higher and Higher kicked off the show thousands of jaws dropped and people just stood there, stunned. The song ended and there was a second of absolute silence before the crowd erupted in applause and cheers. Like I said, they blew the Nevilles right off the stage with their performance. Fiyo on the Bayou just didn’t have the same impact.