Aaron Neville & The State of Connecticut Governor's Arts Awards
Iconic soul and R&B vocalist Aaron Neville headlines an evening celebrating art and artists making an impact in Connecticut.
Aaron Neville has spent five decades capturing New Orleans’ spirit of undying hope in music, both as a part of the Neville Brothers and on his own in an esteemed solo career. In his recently released album My True Story, Neville revisits the music he grew up with, adding a few new spins along the way. This free concert on the New Haven Green features a collection of classic doo-wop numbers in his utterly inimitable vocal style. American Songwriter calls the album “a thrilling project that combines Neville’s stunning voice with classic melodies whose sentiments remain timeless.”
State of Connecticut Governor's Arts Awards
The State of Connecticut Governor’s Arts Awards honor individuals in Connecticut who have made an outstanding impact in the field of arts and culture. As the opening act to tonight’s concert, the festival is proud to host a performance and the official award presentation on the Festival’s New Haven Green stage. Performers and recipients will be announced in the spring. There will also be a 3pm conversation with the Governor’s arts award recipients, as part of the Festival’s Ideas program.
2013 Award Recipients Announced!
The 2013 State of Connecticut Governor's Arts Awards will be given to:
- Elizabeth Alexander, poet, essayist, playwright. Alexander is Chair of the African American Studies Department at Yale University.
- Jimmy Greene, saxophonist, composer, bandleader. Greene is Assistant Professor of Music and Assistant Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Western Connecticut State University.
- Olu Oguibe, artist and public intellectual. Oguibe is Professor of Art & Art History and Associate Director of the Institute of African American Studies at the University of Connecticut.
The presentation and performance includes the Jimmy Greene Quintet, with an all-star jazz ensemble featuring Kenny Barron (piano), Lewis Nash (drums), and John Patitucci (bass).
Sat, June 15, 2013, 6:30pm
No tickets required - just show up!
Get prime seating, access to the First Niagara Hospitality Tent, and a view backstage with packages beginning at $250 (tax-deductible).
WHERE TO PARK
A special parking deal for Festival patrons is available for the Temple Street Garage and Crown Street Garage: $3 for Saturday evenings (cheaper than parking at a meter!) and $1 for Sundays (easier than trying to find street parking).