Terence Blanchard And Warren Haynes Added To The Lineup For “The Musical Mojo Of Dr. John
Additional Added Performers Include New Orleans music legends John Boutte, Dave Malone, Brian Stoltz and John “Papa” Gros
NEW ORLEANS, LA – April 17, 2014 – Terence Blanchard, John Boutte, John “Papa” Gros (Papa Grows Funk), Warren Haynes, Dave Malone (The Radiators) and Brian Stoltz (funky METERS, The Neville Brothers) are the latest performers announced as part of the prestigious and award-winning lineup of artists taking part in “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music,” a special concert event taping honoring this musical icon in his hometown of New Orleans on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Taking place at the historic Saenger Theatre in the French Quarter, this will be Dr. John’s only New Orleans performance during Jazz Fest, with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer taking the stage to perform with a number of special guests throughout the night.
In addition to the newly announced performers, the concert will feature a stellar lineup of previously announced musicians, including: Gregg Allman, Tab Benoit, Ryan Bingham, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Chief Monk Boudreaux, The Dirty Dozen Horns, Bill Kreutzmann, Shannon McNally, Zigaboo Modeliste, Sarah Morrow, Cyril Neville, Anders Osborne, George Porter Jr., Mavis Staples, Allen Toussaint, Lucinda Williams, Irma Thomas, Jimmie Vaughan and Widespread Panic.
GRAMMY Award-winner Don Was will lead an all-star band for the evening featuring Chuck Leavell, Kenny Aronoff, Brian Stoltz, John “Papa” Gros, Brint Anderson and a special appearance by George Porter, Jr. The band will also include a horn section led by Mark Mullins and the backing vocals of the McCrary Sisters.
“We’re thrilled to be adding more amazing artists to an already outstanding lineup in honor of Dr. John, the king of New Orleans funk,” commented show creator and executive producer Keith Wortman. “This will be an unforgettable night of music.”
About Dr. John:
Dr. John, a six-time GRAMMY Award-winning musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, is known throughout the world as the embodiment of New Orleans’ musical legacy and is a true American icon. His 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. Some of his many career highlights include the masterful album Sun, Moon and Herbs (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.” In 2013, Dr. John won his latest GRAMMY Award for Locked Down, a collaboration with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. As further evidence of his musical diversity, Dr. John is currently completing an album in tribute to Louis Armstrong, which will be released in June of this year. After a half century of creating music for himself and others, Dr. John continues to write, arrange, produce and interpret with a passion that has yet to wane. For more information on Dr. John, please visit: www.nitetripper.com
About Executive Producer Keith Wortman:
Keith Wortman is the president of Blackbird Production Partners. He is also the co-founder and former CEO of Cambio.com, a leading online entertainment network with over 4 million monthly unique visitors and over 25 million monthly page views. Cambio.com is now owned by AOL Inc. Prior to this, he was the President of MGX LAB, a leading digital media, brand strategy and business development agency whose clients included Fortune 500 companies, major sports leagues, major records labels, artist management firms and media companies. Under his leadership, MGX earned multiple Webby Award nominations and was a 2010 Webby Award winner for its digital media innovation and marketing campaign for Brad Pitt’s Make It Right New Orleans. Most recently, he produced the concert event, broadcast, and music release “We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash,” which was broadcast nationally on PBS and released on CD/DVD/Blu-Ray by Sony Music Entertainment; the benefit concert, broadcast, and music release “Love For Levon,” which was broadcast nationally on PBS & AXS TV and released on CD/DVD/Blu-Ray by Time Life; and the concert event “All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman,” which will have its broadcast premiere on AXS TV May 11 and music release in May 2014 by Rounder Records/Concord Music Group.
About Musical Director Don Was:
Don has earned recognition as one of the top record producers in the music industry, having worked with an array of artists including: The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Al Green, Garth Brooks, Iggy Pop, Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Brian Wilson and Johnny Cash to name a few. He has earned a GRAMMY for Producer of the Year as well as a BAFTA for Best Original Score. Most recently he was appointed President of legendary jazz record label, Blue Note Records.