THE ICON: Art Neville
THE LEGACY: A lifelong Uptown resident who has become one of the elder statesmen of New Orleans music, Art Neville didn’t waste time getting started. One of his first recordings – “Mardi Gras Mambo,” which he recorded in 1954 with high school classmates in a band called the Hawketts – has become a beloved Carnival standard. By 1965, he had assembled the Meters, a group that recorded eight studio albums before disbanding in 1977 — but not before their distinctive style of funk influenced a broad spectrum of groups, both at home in New Orleans and in the wider musical world. The Meters haven’t made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame yet, but in January 2018 the group received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
THE ARTIST: Queen Hope Parker, WhereYart.net
THE INSPIRATION: “I’ve been doing this all my life. I enjoy it. Even the bad parts of it, the parts I didn’t like … I found out that’s the way things go sometimes. You’ve got to go along with them.” — Art Neville, in a 2012 interview with The Times-Picayune