New Orleans blues and funk icon Dr. John and The Nite Trippers returns to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall with a performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017.
Tickets for Athe show go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11.
The legendary Dr. John is a six-time GRAMMY Award-winning musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee.
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, including recordings by Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Joe Tex, Frankie Ford and Allen Toussaint.
Dr. John headed west in the 1960s, where he continued to be in demand as a session musician, playing on records by Sonny and Cher, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin and The Rolling Stones. During that time, he launched his solo career and developed the charismatic persona of Dr. John and the Nite Tripper. A legend was born with his breakthrough 1968 album “Gris-Gris,” which introduced the world to his unique blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, psychedelic rock and Creole roots. His career highlights include the albums “Sun, Moon and Herbs” in 1971 which included cameos from Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger and 1973s “In the Right Place,” which contained the charts hits “Right Place Wrong Time” and “Such a Night.”
In addition to his six GRAMMY wins (1989, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2008 and 2013), he has received six other GRAMMY nominations over the years.
In 2007, he was also inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame. In 2008, he released “City That Care Forgot,” winning a GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Blues Album. His 2012 release “Locked Down,” with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys also won a GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Blues Album. In 2013 Dr. John was awarded an honorary doctorate from Tulane University alongside the Dalai Lama.
In 2014, Dr. John released critically acclaimed tribute to Louis Armstrong “Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch,” with co-producer and arranger Sarah Morrow, his longtime music director. In 2015, Dr. John was awarded the Louie Award from the Louis Armstrong House Museum, and he received the Jazz Foundation of America’s Hank Jones Award in fall, 2016 at “A Great Night in Harlem” which has pledged $1 Million to help musicians recovering from the Louisiana flood.
Dr. John andThe Nite Trippers released “The Bare Necessities,” produced by Morrow, for Disney’s blockbuster “The Jungle Book” soundtrack in spring, 2016. In the Fall of 2016, Dr. John released the double live album and DVD “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music” with performers including Bruce Springsteen, Widespread Panic, Mavis Staples, Morrow and John Fogerty. After more than half a century of creating music for others and himself, Dr. John continues to write, arrange, produce and interpret music with a passion.
Tickets will be available for purchase at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and St. Augustine Amphitheatre box offices, ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and by phone at 800-745-3000.
DR. JOHN AND THE NITE TRIPPERS
WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 | 8 p.m.
WHERE: Ponte Vedra Concert Hall | 1050 State Road A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach
TICKETS: $73.50 rows A-F | $63.50 all remaining rows
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