Ahead of Mardi Gras, Ivan Neville, Trombone Shorty Unveil Homage To New Orleans

Article Contributed by jbleicher.com | Published on Friday, February 2, 2024

In an engaging tribute to the vibrant spirit of New Orleans, Ivan Neville has released the official music video for "Greatest Place On Earth," a standout track from his latest album, ‘Touch My Soul.’ Premiering on the heels of this week’s Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans and the countdown to Fat Tuesday, the video is a heartfelt ode to the city's unparalleled energy during its most famous season.

The new clip for “Greatest Place on Earth” seamlessly intertwines a chronology of Crescent City traditions including “second line” street scenes, Mardi Gras Indians and parade revelry amongst a studio performance within the famed Preservation Hall by Neville and his ensemble.  Ivan comments, "I’m proud to offer a glimpse into the unique & soulful city of New Orleans, my hometown, the greatest place on earth!" Watch the music video HERE.

The track features local legend Trombone Shorty and members of Pres Hall Ben Jaffe and Charlie Gabriel. The song embodies the culture and joy of New Orleans, and serves as an anthem to the unique culture, resilience, and joy of the city. The accompanying music video amplifies this sentiment, taking viewers on a visual journey through the heart of Mardi Gras, with all its colorful parades and jubilant street dancing, while also showcasing the powerful connection between Neville and the city that has deeply influenced his music.

This latest offering comes on the heels of the release of ‘Touch My Soul,’ Neville's first solo endeavor in almost two decades. The album has been praised for its authentic storytelling and musical depth, firmly rooted in the rich tapestry of New Orleans' musical heritage.

With the release of the "Greatest Place On Earth" music video, Neville invites listeners to share in the celebration of his city's unique spirit and communal joy.  
The video not only highlights the festive atmosphere of New Orleans but also underscores the profound sense of belonging and community that music and tradition can foster.

Neville is currently on the road with Dumpstaphunk, bringing their high energy and soul-stirring funk to stages across the country. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://dumpstaphunk.com/.

Dumpstaphunk Tour Dates
Sat, February 3rd - Shorty Gras with Trombone Shorty - New Orleans, LA
Fri, February 9th - Tipitina’s - New Orleans, LA
Sat, February 17th - Hard Rock - Atlantic City, NJ*
Feb. 25 - March 1st, 2024 - Jam Cruise - Port Of Miami, FL
Fri, March 15th - Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom with Dragon Smoke + more - Denver, CO
April 4 - 6, 2024 - Resonate Suwannee - Live Oak, FL
Fri, April 5th - Savannah Music Festival 2024 - Savannah, GA
Sat, April 27th - Austin Blues Festival 2024 - Austin, TX
Sat, April 27th - Joy Theatre - Ivan & Ian Neville - New Orleans, LA^
Thu, May 2nd - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - New Orleans, LA
Thu, May 2nd - “Rejuvenation 50: Celebration of The Meters” - Civic Nola - New Orleans, LA~
Sun, May 5th - Tipitina’s - New Orleans, LA
May. 24 - 26, 2024 - Cave Jam - Pelham, TN
June 20 - 23, 2024 - Electric Forest 2024 - Rothbury, MI
Aug. 9 - 11, 2024 - “Rejuvenation 50: Celebration of The Meters” - Telluride Jazz Festival - Telluride, CO~
Sep. 12 - 15, 2024 - Bender Jamboree 2024 - Ivan Neville & Friends - Las Vegas, NV
Oct. 26 - Nov. 2nd, 2024 - Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise - Fort Lauderdale, FL

* Tedeschi Trucks Band After Party
^ with Take Me To The River All-Stars
~ with George Porter Jr, Leo Nocentelli and Cyril Neville