Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News
NEW ORLEANS - For its 2013 poster, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival continues a series depicting iconic local musicians - this year it's Aaron Neville - painted by what some would call an iconic local artist – James Michalopoulos.
This year’s poster, unveiled Tuesday by publisher art4now and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, is the 39th in the annual poster series.
It highlights singer Aaron Neville, singing with a tambourine in hand, surrounded by doves.
“James Michalopoulos’ deeply felt portrait distills subject Aaron Neville’s twin inspirations: New Orleans and spirituality,” says a press release from the publisher.
“The city is fully captured by the artist’s distinguished minimalist architectural elements, a wrought iron fence and gas lampposts. Ethereal doves embody spirits set aflutter by an angelic voice. Trees bow in nature’s embrace, and of course, a yellow moon tops the harmoniously lighted dusk scene.”
Neville will make headlines for two reasons this year – his poster and the fact that he is no longer performing as a member of The Neville Brothers. He will perform solo at this year’s festival and his brothers – Art, Charles and Cyril - will perform without him this year, as The Nevilles. Aaron Neville is leaving the band to focus on his solo career.
Neville’s is the sixth Jazz Fest poster created by Michalopoulos. Others by the artist have depicted Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint and Mahalia Jackson.
This year’s Congo Square poster is by artist R. Gregory Christie. The 20th in the series, the poster depicts zydeco musician Stanley Dural, Jr., better known since the age of four as “Buckwheat Zydeco.”
The posters can be purchased online at www.art4now.com or at the festival.