Aaron Neville to appear in holiday concert Downriver

Photo by Sarah A. Friedman

Aaron Neville, rhythm-and-blues, soul and gospel singer, will appear in concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium of the Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center in Taylor. He will sing classic Christmas songs and some of his award-winning recorded hits.

By Evelyn Cairns
Aaron Neville, award-winning soul, rhythm-and-blues and gospel singer, will perform classic Christmas songs and some of his greatest recorded hits Dec. 7 in a concert at the Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center in Taylor.

The concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the center, located on the Downriver campus of Wayne County Community College District, 21000 North Line.

Neville, a New Orleans native, was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame last year. He has had four platinum-certified albums and four top-20 hits, including three that were No. 1 on Billboard’s adult-contemporary chart and No. 1 on the R&B chart.

The singer is one of four brothers — Art, Charles and Cyril — with whom he also records as The Neville Brothers.

The brothers traditionally closed the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, which was suspended after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city in 2005 (destroying Aaron’s Neville’s home as well), but returned in 2008.

“Since Karina, I’ve devoted months and months to benefit concerts, and that’s been a blessing,” the singer says.

He performed Randy Newman’s “Louisiana 1927” during NBC’s “A Concert for Hurricane Relief” after the disaster.

Neville has appeared in movies and at sporting events as well as on television shows.

He sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” with Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin and Dr. John on keyboard at Super Bowl XL in Detroit. Neville also made a guest appearance on an episode of the soap opera “The Young and the Restless,” singing “Stand By Me” and “Ain’t No Sunshine.”

Earlier in his career, he was featured with Linda Ronstadt on the album “Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind,” recording the No. 1 Grammy-winning hits “Don’t Know Much” and “All My Life.” The album was certified triple platinum for U.S. sales of more than 3 million.

Concert tickets, $30, $40 and $50, are available by calling 734-374-3200 or going to www.wcccd.edu.

Museum offers yule activities
The Henry Ford Museum is decked out for the holidays with decorations including a spectacular 25-foot Christmas tree trimmed with new ornaments including 50 large model cars, planes, trains and model Faygo pop bottles.

Santa is on hand for photos and gift requests from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays through Dec. 24.

Depot Town has returned with storytelling and activities inside the Bangor & Aroostook train car. New this year for children 5 and older is a LEGO Learn to Build Work-shop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 31.

Museum admission is $15, adults; $14, seniors; and $11 youths 5 through 12. Children 4 and younger are free. For more information, call 313-982-6001 or go to www.thehenryford.org.

Party ideas will be topic
Holiday hostesses will receive party-fare ideas galore Dec. 12 at the final class of the season in the “Cooking with Style” series at The Henry, the former Ritz-Carlton.

The class, entitled “Razzle, Dazzle & Oh So Fabulous Cocktail Party: A Holiday Spectacular!” is slated for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with a dinner accompanied by wines to follow.

In addition, Leslie Jacobs will offer suggestions for table-setting and decorating ideas.

The cost is $90 (for $75, guests can join the group for dinner). For reservations or additional information, call Jacobs at 248-646-4517 (email, ljredhead@aol.com) or Cathy Howells at 313-253-4377 (email, cathy.howells@behenry.com).

Coming up . . .
Dec. 7-31 — Musical, “Wicked,” winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony awards; the production, based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Greg-ory Maguire, is the untold story of the witches of Oz; tickets, ranging from $39 to $99, are available at all Ticketmaster locations or online at www.tickemaster.com/wicked or www.BroadwayinDetroit.com. For additional information, call 313-872-1000 or go to www.BroadwayinDetroit.com.