Dr. John, the six-time Grammy winner and 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee from New Orleans, will be celebrated during an all-star concert Saturday, May 3, at the Saenger Theatre.
Announced performers for “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music” include Gregg Allman, Mavis Staples, Allen Toussaint, Widespread Panic, Ryan Bingham, Lucinda Williams, George Porter Jr., Cyril Neville, Zigaboo Modeliste, Jimmie Vaughan, Irma Thomas, Tab Benoit, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Chief Monk Boudreaux, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Bill Kreutzmann, Chuck Leavell, Shannon McNally, Sarah Morrow and Anders Osborne.
Dr. John will perform during special collaborations throughout the concert. More special guests and additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks. The event will be filmed for broadcast at a later date.
Grammy winner and Blue Note Records President Don Was will lead the all-star band and serve as the concert’s musical director.
“Dr. John transcends genres,” Was said, “with a truly distinctive sound that embodies the rich musical heritage of New Orleans and has tremendously influenced the course of music history.”
Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack Jr., aka Dr. John, began writing songs, playing for recording sessions and producing sessions in the 1950s. He was still in his teens. New Orleans recording artists Earl King and Huey “Piano” Smith influenced and encouraged his songwriting.
Rebennack and producer-arranger Harold Battiste developed the Dr. John the Night Tripper concept, which made its debut with 1968’s “Gris-Gris” album, while they were living in Los Angeles. Other New Orleans talent in L.A., including Plas Johnson, Jessie Hill and Shirley Goodman, contributed to the project.
A prolific recording and touring artist for decades, Dr. John won his most recent Grammy award in 2013 for the Dan Auerbach-produced “Locked Down.”
Tickets for “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John” go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, March 10. They’re available from Ticketmaster.com and the Saenger Theatre box office at saengernola.com. The Saenger Theatre box office is open Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can also be charged by phone at 800-745-3000.
A percentage of the concert’s proceeds will benefit the New Orleans Musicians Clinic.
More information about “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music” is available at celebratedrjohn.com.