The Blue Monday concert series is back this month with a tribute to two Louisiana legends we recently lost. Last month saw the passings of Lafayette guitar hero Lil Buck Senegal and New Orleans icon Dr. John within a week of each other. This evening (Monday July 8th) Rock n’ Bowl will host a tribute to these artists with a star-studded lineup not to be missed.
Mac Rebennack was born in the Crescent City in 1941 and grew up during one of the area’s most inspiring and vibrant times. As a teen, he was turned on to local jazz and r&b musicians including Professor Longhair who would have a lasting influence on the young player. By 16 he was recording and producing records while also staying busy as a guitar in nightclubs. By the 1960s Rebennack made his way to Los Angeles where he became a top studio musician recording with the likes of Cher and Frank Zappa.
After years of session work Mac went out on his own and created the stage persona, Dr. John. In the golden area of rock concerts, Dr. John incorporated New Orleans culture in his stage show and brought the sights and sounds of Mardi Gras and the French Quarter to the hippie generation. He would later have several hit albums through the 1970s and became a household name.
The influence Dr. John had on American culture is undeniable. Few Louisiana artists have achieved the level of success Rebennack did. The multi-instrumentalist won 6 Grammy award throughout his career, received an honorary doctorate from Tulane University, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On June 6 he died of a heart attack in his hometown of New Orleans.
Steve Riley, Sonny Landreth, Sir Reg Dural, Eric Adcock, Michael Juan Nunez, Rockin Dopsie Jr, Anthony Dopsie, and several other celebrated musicians will pay tribute to both Mac and Lil’ Buck at the Rock n’ Bowl Monday night. For this week’s playlist in highlighting the Night Tripped as well as Lil’ Buck with some music from some of these artists who will be performing.