Dr. John at the Brampton Global Jazz & Blues Festival

Posted: August 13, 2011 in Blog & News, Mobile Blog
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Well, I’m really not the youngest anymore, but in this crowd I feel like a kid… Looks like this is where my dentist must have made a fortune. Let’s see (hear) what the concert brings. I hope I won’t have the same experience as in London once where we were told that ‘we are too active for the average fan’… (That was at a Rod Steward concert in Earl’s Court).

Here is what Wikipedia says about Dr. John:

Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack, Jr. (born November 21, 1940), better known by the stage name Dr. John (also Dr. John Creaux), is an American singer/songwriter, pianist and guitarist, whose music combines blues, pop, jazz as well as Zydeco, boogie woogie and rock and roll.[1]

Active as a session musician since the late 1950s, he came to wider prominence in the early 1970s with a wildly theatrical stage show inspired by medicine shows, Mardi Gras costumes and voodoo ceremonies. Rebennack has recorded over 20 albums and in 1973 scored a top-20 hit with the jaunty funk-flavored “Right Place, Wrong Time,” still perhaps his best-known song.

The winner of five Grammy awards, Rebennack was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by singer John Legend on Monday, March 14, 2011.

So, the concert. It was very entertaining, albeit sometimes for the wrong reasons… The Dr. clearly got a voice on him and is definitely a character. I really liked his rhythm crew – drums and bass – like clockwork, awesome! His New Orleans style is unmistakable and he still seems to enjoy what he’s doing. His dancing act looks more like he’s having difficulty balancing, but hey, it was fun to watch!

d.c.k.

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