Almanac Music: ‘The Musical Mojo of Dr John: A Celebration of Mac and his Music’

Dr John: Image from Wiki Commons

 

The Saenger Theatre is New Orleans’ premier performing arts facility. The theatre was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and reopened its doors in September 2013 after a $53 million redevelopment project.

 

 

 

One of the first musical events at the redeveloped venue was a tribute to the much loved New Orleans music legend Dr John (Malcolm John Rebennack Jr ) ( 20/11/ 1941 –  6/6/ 2019), ‘The Musical Mojo of Dr John: A Celebration of Mac and his Music’ which occurred on 3 May 2014 during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

 

I was fortunate to have been in the audience and experienced this wonderful concert with fabulous guest artists such as Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty  and Mavis Staples to name a few. The concert was recorded and I’ve include a couple of clips for your enjoyment.

 

Concert preview provides a feel for the performance and the electric atmosphere it created

 

Dr John and Bruce Springsteen ‘Right Place Wrong Time’.

 

Check out the typical New Orleans send off with Dr John’s funeral procession and second line reflecting his high regard held by the people of New Orleans.

 

 

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About Colin Ritchie

Retired teacher who enjoys following the Bombers, listening to music especially Bob Dylan, reading, and swimming.

Comments

  1. Thanks Col. Love Dr John’s first few albums and their mix of fun and voodoo. He led, of course, what is described as a colourful life.

    That must’ve been a remarkable concert in a wonderful venue.

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