Rain didn’t stop New Orleans from celebrating the life of Art “Poppa Funk” Neville Wednesday at a memorial service in Rhodes Funeral Home in Central City.
Members of the Neville family could be seen among mourners in the street during a second line that immediately followed the service, paying homage to the late member of The Meters.
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Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief Kenny Young of the Black Seminoles hugs Arthel Neville, a TV journalist and the daughter of Art Poppa Funk Neville while holding a portrait of him, as mourners take part in a memorial service for Art Neville, a co-founder of the Grammy-winning Neville Brothers and The Meters, in New Orleans, Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Arthur Lanon Neville (December 17, 1937 July 22, 2019) was known for New Orleans standards Hey Pocky A-Way, Fire on the Bayou, and Mardi Gras Mambo. He was a pioneer of funk and New Orleans music. Photo by Matthew Hinton