Charles Neville:Big talent coming to small city

VERGENNES - Get ready to boogie and have a good time when the spirit of New Orleans hits Vergennes. Grammy award winner Charles Neville will play with piano legend Henry Butler and the band Gent Treadly on Saturday, July 2, at the Vergennes Opera House.

This lineup of world-class musicians will feature a blend of New Orleans jazz, blues and funk.

Local group, Panton Flats, will kick-off the event at 7 p.m. with a blend of rock and R&B classics.

As a member of one of New Orleans' most famous musical families, Neville started playing saxophone before he reached his teens.

In addition to his work with the Neville Brothers, his experience on saxophone has included rhythm and blues, funk, jazz, be-bop, and even American Indian music. He is the only one of the Neville Brothers that lived away from New Orleans for long periods of time, making places like New York, Memphis and Oregon his home.

Rounding out the line-up will be New York City-based band Gent Treadly with its blend of bluesy improvisational roots.

Panton Flats features local musicians Andy Smith (Prydien, Jenni Johnson, Mighty Sam McClain) on bass, Bob Levinson (Bob Levinson Trio, Myra Flynn Band, Moving Music Studio) on lead guitar and vocals, Chris Myers (Wagan, Shotgun Blues, Uncle Buzz) on drums, Chris Wyckoff (Stone Cold, Native, Uncle Buzz, Blues Vipers) on keyboards and vocals, and Josh Brooks (Grant Black) on rhythm guitar, harmonica and vocals.

Tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the door. Cash bar and snacks will be available. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., opening act starts at 7 p.m.

Advanced tickets may be purchased at the Opera House or Classic Stitching on Main Street in Vergennes, or online at www.brownpapertickets.com.

For more information, contact info@vergennesoperahouse.org, 802-877-6737 or visit www.vergennesoperahouse.org.

The show is sponsored by the Lodge at Otter Creek, Basin Harbor Club, Bar Antidote and Emerson's Guest House.

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