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. He will be performing at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at the Landmark Theatre, 362 South Salina St., Syracuse. Opening the act will be the YMCA YCCA Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Scott Rutledge.
Dr. John's 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 mysticism, funk, rhythm & blues, psychedelic rock 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, 1992, 1996 and 2000. He also received five other nominations over the years. After a half-century of creating music for others and himself at age 63, Dr. John continues to write, arrange, produce and interpret with a passion that has yet to wane. He also continues to dazzle and delight audiences across the globe touring consistently. As a true living legend, Mac "Dr. John" Rebennack will always be a musician who never ceases to explore the endless possibilities that music presents.
Dr. John's most recent discs include N'Awlinz: Dis Dat or d'Udda (2004), Live at Montreux, 1995 (2005), Sippiana Hericane (2005) and Mercernary (2006).
Tickets to the show cost $45, $35 & $25. Call 472-0700 or visit landmarktheatre.org. For further information on Dr. John, visit drjohn.org.