In the week since we lost Dr. John there has been an outpouring of remarkable testaments, stories and eulogies. The thing that was truly great about these offerings is that it seems that almost everyone has a personal story about Mac. Whether these stories were about a personal connection to a particular song or about running into Mac around town, the common threads have been the playful character and enormous influence of his life and work. Like many locals who gained fame outside of New Orleans, Mac retained that bit of our city which allows us to cultivate and hold dear eccentricities and peculiarities that may not be accepted in much of the rest of the world. Wherever he went Mac took that with him and left joy in his wake. Check out his full performance from Newport Jazz Festival in 2006 below.
Around Town This Week
Tonight the pioneering lo-fi ensemble Sebadoh plays at One Eyed Jacks while The Spirit of the Beehive stops in at Gasa Gasa and Sharon Martin is at The Little Gem. Tomorrow, K. Flay is at the Howlin’ Wolf while Culture Abuse is at Gasa Gasa and Felipe Esparza is at the Joy. Sunday, the Palmetto Bug Stompers take the early shift at d.b.a. while Percy J has the later show. You can also catch the Roderick Harper Quintet at Snug Harbor for two shows. On Monday the Dinosaurchestra plays upstairs at the Dragon’s Den while Aurora Nealand and The Royal Roses play The Maison and Charmaine Neville plays two sets at Snug. Tuesday, the Priests are at Gasa Gasa and The Dickies are at Santos Bar. Wednesday, Twenty One Pilots play the Smoothie King Center with Bear Hands. That night you can also see Dave Jordan and Aaron Wilkinson at Chickie Wah Wah and the usual back to back of the Tin Men and Wolfman Washington at d.b.a while Helen Gillet play the Maple Leaf. Thursday Shamar Allen and the Underdawgs are at Bullet’s while Alexis and the Samurai play d.b.a. and Josh Paxton with the Johnny Vidacovich Trio are at the Maple Leaf.
Today, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival returns to the Farm in Manchester Tennessee for another long weekend. The festival was begun in 2002 by locally founded Superfly Presents and was named for Dr. John’s 1974 record Desitively Bonnaroo. This year the festival is headlined by Phish (playing three sets over two days), Childish Gambino, Solange, Post Malone, The Lumineers, Cardi B and more. As usual the festival also has a very strong showing of new and emerging acts as well. This year they will host Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Peach Pit, Caroline Rose, Illiterate Light, Rubblebucket and more. If you’re not making the trek up to Tennessee this year don’t worry you can catch some great performances at the livestream link below and I’ll be back next week with photos and write ups of some of the key performances.
To Listen This Week
- Whitney have shared the new song “FTA” via Youtube
- Bill Callahan has shared side 3 of his excellent new EP Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest via Youtube. Callahan also has an excellent interview in The Quietus this week.
- Bon Iver debuts two new songs and a new project via CoS