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
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.