Dr. John, or Mac Rebennack as known to friends and family, is universally celebrated as the living embodiment of the rich musical heritage exclusive to New Orleans. His very colorful musical career began in the 1950s when he wrote and played guitar on some of the greatest records to come out of the crescent city, including recordings by Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Joe Tex and Frankie Ford. A notorious gun incident forced the artist to give up the guitar and concentrate on organ and piano. Further trouble at home sent Dr. John west in the 1960s, where he continued to be in demand as a session musician, playing on records by Sonny and Cher, Van Morrison and Aretha Franklin to name a few. He also launched his solo career, developing the charismatic persona of Dr. John The Night Tripper. Adorned with voodoo charms and regalia, a legend was born with his breakthrough 1968 album Gris Gris, which established his unique blend of voodoo, funk, psychedelia and Creole Roots.
Several of his many career highlights include the masterful album Sun, Moon and Herbs in 1971 which included cameos from Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger and 1973’s In The Right Place, which contained the chart hits Right Place Wrong Time and Such A Night. Dr. John garnered Grammy award wins in 1989 and in 1992 for the album “Goin’ Back To New Orleans.” Dr. John’s string of great releases carries to 2004 with “Nawlinz: Dis, Dat Or D’udda,” the artist’s musical love letter to the city of New Orleans. Dr. John’s performances on the current tour are his first solo piano shows in 15 years.