New Orleans Music Legends Hit North Texas

Two New Orleans music legends will visit North Texas next week.

Aaron Neville and Ellis Marsalis will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 2 in the College Park Center. Tickets for “A Night with New Orleans Music Legends” are on sale now.

The event is part of the university’s Maverick Speaker Series.

Neville is a music legend with four top-20 hits in the United States, including three that hit No. 1 on Billboard’s adult contemporary chart and one that went to No. 1 on the R&B chart. He has four platinum-certified albums. Over the years, Neville has teamed with his brothers to form the Neville Brothers and recorded many popular duets with Linda Ronstadt. Hit singles with Ronstadt include “Don’t Know Much” and “All My Life,” which also earned Grammy awards.

A proud Louisiana native, Neville has been inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame as well as the Delta Music Hall of Fame in Ferriday, La. His latest album is My True Story.

Marsalis, a New Orleans native, is one of the most respected pianists in jazz. In 2011 he was honored with the opening of the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in Musicians’ Village in New Orleans. Each of his four sons are jazz musicians, including music legends Branford and Wynton Marsalis. Ellis Marsalis is a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

On April 3, Marsalis will join Adonis Rose, the Department of Music’s jazz artist-in-residence, for an 8 p.m. fundraiser performance at the Scat Jazz Lounge in Fort Worth.

Tickets are $50 or $1,000 for a VIP table and a meet-and-greet with Marsalis. Proceeds from the event go to the Adonis Rose Endowed Jazz Scholarship at UT Arlington.

For more information about the fundraising event or to reserve a ticket, contact Christy Pierce at (817) 272-6315 or e-mail ccpierce@uta.edu.

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