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Houston International Festival

Shemekia Copeland and Neville Brothers

We went to the Houston International Festival this weekend and saw Shemekia Copeland and the Neville Brothers Saturday evening. This was the first time was saw Shemekia live, and one of the only times we've heard her since her debut CD (Amazon | Shemekia Copeland - Turn the Heat Up). Overall, I thought her performance and her band was great, but I didn't love some qualities of her singing. Without having seen nor heard her since the first album, it's hard to say if it was the day or how she sings now. Still, it was a great show.

Next up was the Neville Brothers. They started with Hey Pocky Way and continued to bring it for the rest of the night. Man, I love that second line rhythm. That groove just moves and doesn't stop, and neither did they until ending with Amazing Grace/One Love/People Get Ready. I know most people love Aaron's voice, but I really dig Cyril's. He just has a passion and intensity in his voice as well as his playing that can't be denied.

Posted 2008 04 29 at 7:42 AM

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