Dr. John plays the Lobero on Friday, August 18. Here are five reasons to go:
By: Darian Bleecher
1]. With the release of Gris-Gris in 1968, Mac Rebennack adorned himself with voodoo regalia and adopted his signature persona of Dr. John the Night Tripper. His eccentric stage presence, inimitable growl, and signature N’Awlinz grooves make Dr. John one of the most colorful and distinctive voices to emerge from the Big Easy.
2]. Touring in support of his Johnny Mercer tribute album, Mercernary, the renowned Crescent City musician will regale the Lobero audience with masterfully interpreted standards from the legendary American songwriter.
3]. Although he no longer lives in the Crescent City and has long criticized New Orleans politicos for not doing more to promote their music, Dr. John remains one of the Big Easy’s favorite sons. His own musical legacy epitomizes the sound and soul of the city he loves, and he remains a tireless champion of its musical heritage and those NOLA musicians who try to make a living there.
4]. In response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Dr. John participated in two musical relief efforts, contributing a rendition of Fats Domino’s “Walking to New Orleans” to fundraiser CD Sing Me Back Home, and releasing Sippiana Hericane, an EP tribute to the Crescent City.
5]. If your musical inclinations veer toward swamp-tinged, Creole-flavored, funky voodoo incantations, then a summer evening soaked with Dr. John’s mojo boogaloo is just what the Good Doctor ordered.