The cancellation of Chaka Khan, because of an ailing voice, robbed the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival of some of its star power.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, however, has replaced her with some serious funk.
Coming from New Orleans will be The Nevilles, a new incarnation of the Neville Brothers without frontman Aaron, who is off on a solo project.
The Nevilles features brothers Art and Charles with four members of DumpstaPhunk: Ivan and Ian Neville, bassist Tony Hall and Nikki Glaspie (Beyonce's former drummer). Keyboardist Ivan is Aaron's son, and guitarist Ian belongs to Art, who formed the Meters (the precursor to the Neville Brothers) in 1965. Cyril Neville, who is also part of this band, will not be on board for Sunday's show.
The Nevilles, which performed at the New Orleans Jazz Fest in April, will play the outdoor Penn Avenue Stage at 7 p.m. Sunday to close the weekend-long JazzLive event in the Cultural District.