An all-star krewe of musicians from the Big Easy and beyond will come together during Jazz Fest to honor two NOLA music giants who passed away in 2019: Art Neville and Dr. John. Following the debut of this “to heroes, by heroes” tribute at the sold-out Denver Comes Alive, “Poppa Funk & The Night Tripper: A Tribute To Art Neville & Dr. John” will make its way home to New Orleans on Friday, May 1st for an intimate reprisal at One Eyed Jacks.
For this special tribute performance, a band of beloved musicians will recreate the music of these two giants. George Porter Jr., Neville’s longtime friend, and collaborator in The Meters, as well as Art’s son, guitarist Ian Neville (Dumpstaphunk), and his nephew, Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), will all be in the band.
The lineup will also feature pianist Jon Cleary, who toured extensively with Dr. John during his later years and maintained a close friendship with him up until his death. Multi-instrumentalist Tony Hall (Dumpstaphunk), drummer Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power, Beyonce), NOLA trombonist Big Sam, and enigmatic saxophonist Skerik will round out this impeccable tribute roster.
[Photo: Alpine Music Photography – Poppa Funk & The Night Tripper at Denver Comes Alive]
Both Art Neville (also known as “Poppa Funk”) and Dr. John (whose full billed performer name was “Dr. John The Night Tripper”) were incredibly influential musicians that left indelible marks on music fans in the Big Easy and beyond.
Neville, a three-time GRAMMY award winner, was the founding member of the quintessential New Orleans funk band, The Meters, and was a co-founder of The Neville Brothers and the later-career Meters spin-off, The funky Meters. He was a foundational player in New Orleans who went on to record with many of the top rock, pop, and soul artists of his era.
Six-time GRAMMY winner Malcolm “Mac” John Rebennack Jr., aka Dr. John, is one of the most recognizable characters to ever emerge from the New Orleans music scene. Heavily influenced by the theatrics and aesthetic of his early mentor, Professor Longhair, Rebennack adopted a flamboyant style on stage that stuck with him for the entirety of his career. Following a stint in Los Angeles as a member of the famed studio band known as the “Wrecking Crew,” Rebennack returned to New Orleans where he took on the “Dr. John The Night Tripper” persona and launched a legendary solo career centered around the combination of New Orleans funk, psychedelic rock, and jazz.
Tickets for Poppa Funk & The Night Tripper: A Tribute To Art Neville at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans during Jazz Fest are ON SALE NOW. RSVP to the Facebook Event page for updates and more information.
See below for full show information:
Show: Live For Live Music Presents: Poppa Funk & The Night Tripper: A Tribute to Art Neville & Dr. John
Band: Ivan Neville, Jon Cleary, George Porter Jr., Ian Neville, Tony Hall, Skerik, Big Sam, Nikki Glaspie
Date: Friday, May 1st, 2020
Venue: One Eyed Jacks – 615 Toulouse St., New Orleans, LA 70130
Doors: 8:00 p.m. / Show: 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $45 advance / $50 day of show