Upcoming Exhibitions at the Springfield Museums
Horn Man: The Life and Musical Legacy of Charles Neville
Known onstage as “Charlie the horn man,” R&B and jazz musician Charles Neville was born in 1938 in New Orleans. Immersed in New Orleans’s musical influences early on, Charles and his siblings formed the Neville Brothers, later best-known for songs which combined social consciousness with an upbeat spirit. Rhythm and blues, gospel, doo-wop, soul, rock, jazz, funk, and Mardi Gras rhythms were all genres embraced by—and sometimes co-mingled—in the Nevilles’ creative work. “Healing Chant” from their best-selling album Yellow Moon, earned The Neville Brothers a Grammy in 1989 for best top instrumental performance.
In the 1990s Charles moved to Massachusetts with his wife Kristin Neville and children. He continued to perform with a wide variety of musicians and members of his family, including his children, and he recorded albums with groups such as Diversity and the Songcatchers. His interest in Eastern spirituality was reflected in his 2008 album Buddha’s Palm. Charles continued to travel to New Orleans, especially to perform with his daughter, jazz and funk singer Charmaine Neville. Before a musical celebration of the Neville Brothers slated for November 2017, Charles was hospitalized with pancreatic cancer, which he died of April 26, 2018.
The Wood Museum is working with Kristin Neville to celebrate Charles Neville’s life and musical legacy through an exhibition of personal mementos, musical instruments, photographs, and, of course, his music. The Blues to Green Jazz and Roots Festival in Springfield, started by Kristin in 2013 with support from her husband, will celebrate its 8th season in August 2021, and Charles’s legacy will carry forward with the Charles Neville Legacy Project, a program which will bring acclaimed musicians of color into the Springfield public schools to teach history and literature while centering Black people and social justice.
Wild Kratts: Creature Power
(Springfield Museums) Get ready for an Extraordinary Adventure!
Step into the world of Wild Kratts® to explore the secret lives of amazing creatures in this brand new exhibit. Immerse yourself in animal habitats from around the globe, discover incredible creature powers and go on a mission to foil the villains’ nefarious plans.
Explore Four Habitats
- Tropical Rainforest
- The Antarctic
- Australian Outback Desert
- Your Neighborhood
Activate Creature Powers
- Sneak through the forest using the stealth of a jaguar
- Swing through the trees like a spider monkey
- Test your hops against a kangaroo
- Hunt for lunch like a platypus
Wild Kratts®: Creature Power®! was created by Minnesota Children’s Museum and The Kratt Brothers Company. Wild Kratts® © 2019 Kratt Brothers Company Ltd. / 9 Story Media Group Inc. Wild Kratts® and Creature Power ® and associated characters, trademarks, and design elements are owned by Kratt Brothers Company Ltd. Licensed by Kratt Brothers Company Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Exhibit sponsored locally by bankESB.