Extraordinary Trio Of Releases To Include “The Musical Mojo Of Dr. John: A Celebration Of Mac & His Music,” “The Life & Songs Of Emmylou Harris: An All-Star Concert Celebration,” And “Dear Jerry: Celebrating The Music Of Jerry Garcia”
Blackbird Presents and Concord Bicycle Music are partnering to distribute three of Blackbird Presents’ most extraordinary concert events. The upcoming releases include “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music” to be released via Concord Records and “The Life & Songs Of Emmylou Harris: An All-Star Concert Celebration” and “Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia,” both to be available via Rounder Records. All three will be available in a range of configurations, including CD, DVD, two-disc CD/DVD packages, and all digital formats. Blackbird is also poised to begin discussions with a range of broadcast outlets for these concert specials. Official street dates and complete tracklistings for all three releases will be announced soon.
“I’m thrilled to be working with Scott Pascucci and the entire Concord Music Group team at Concord and Rounder Records,” says Blackbird Presents CEO Keith Wortman. “They are the ideal partners to work with us in distributing our extraordinary releases to music fans of these artists around the world. “Blackbird Presents consistently produces world-class artist tribute shows, and we are thrilled to be partnering with Keith and his team on these three projects,” stated Concord Bicycle Music CEO, Scott Pascuscci.
“The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music” a concert event honoring GRAMMY® Award-winning musical icon and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Mac “Dr. John” Rebennack, was held at the historic Saenger Theatre in his beloved hometown of New Orleans. The evening featured a surprise appearance by Bruce Springsteen joining the Doctor for a raucous rendition of 1973’s classic hit, “Right Place Wrong Time.” From there Dr. John was joined onstage by a truly stellar lineup of friends and fans, including John Fogerty, Jason Isbell, Widespread Panic, Ryan Bingham, Warren Haynes, Aaron Neville among many others. The performers were backed by an all-star band led by GRAMMY® Award-winner Don Was.
“The Life & Songs Of Emmylou Harris: An All- Star Concert Celebration” paid tribute to one of the most beloved singer/songwriters in the annals of American music at Washington, DC’s DAR Constitution Hall with such luminaries as Kris Kristofferson, Alison Krauss, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Lucinda Williams, Martina McBride along with many others took to the stage to honor Emmylou Harris. The iconic musician/producer Daniel Lanois, who produced Harris’ album “Wrecking Ball”, also took the stage to perform at this momentous occasion. GRAMMY® Award-winners Don Was and Buddy Miller served as music directors, leading an all-star backing band.
An extraordinary collection of artists came together at Columbia, MD’s Meriwether Post Pavilion for “Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia,” honoring of one of the most influential musicians and cultural icons of all time. The concert event – which kicked off last year’s Grateful Dead 50th anniversary celebrations – saw a sold out house of more than 20,000 fans treated to performances by all surviving members of the band, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann in addition to performances by Eric Church, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Frampton, Grace Potter, and many more.