An all-star krewe of musicians from the Big Easy and beyond will come together during Jazz Fest 2021 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 in January 2020, “Poppa Funk & The Night Tripper: A Tribute To Art Neville & Dr. John” will make its way home to New Orleans on Saturday, October 9th for a Big Easy blowout at The Fillmore New Orleans on Saturday, October 9th, 2021.
For this special tribute performance, a band of beloved musicians will recreate the music of these two Crescent city titans. 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, Maceo Parker), NOLA trombonist Big Sam, drummer Alvin Ford Jr. (Pretty Lights Live), and a new addition to the crew, Widespread Panic keyboardist JoJo Hermann.
A horn section featuring Trey Anastasio Band’s Natalie Cressman (trombone) and Jennifer Hartswick (trumpet) alongside enigmatic saxophonist Skerik will round out this impeccable tribute roster.
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.
Pre-sale tickets for “Poppa Funk & The Night Tripper: A Tribute To Art Neville & Dr. John” will go on sale on Thursday, August 5th from 10 a.m. CT to 10 p.m. CT using the password “DANCE”. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 6th at 10 a.m. CT.
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The announcement of the all-star Art Neville and Dr. John tribute at The Fillmore on Saturday, October 9th continues the rollout of Live For Live Music‘s 2021 Fest By Nite series. Other announced events include The Funk Sessions (10/12 at Maison); John Medeski, Stanton Moore, Skerik w/s/g MonoNeon (10/9 at Maison); Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel (10/10 at The Howlin’ Wolf); White Denim with Karina Rykman (10/10 at Maison); an all-star tribute to Outkast featuring members of Turkuaz, TAUK, The Nth Power, and more (10/10 at Maison); Andy Frasco & The U.N. with Karina Rykman (10/14 at House of Blues New Orleans); an all-star tribute to the music of Steely Dan featuring members of Turkuaz, The Motet, Ghost-Note, The Nth Power, and more (10/14 at The Howlin’ Wolf); a funky Deitch Daze session (10/17 at Maison) and the star-studded Purple Party: A Tribute to Prince (late-night 10/17 at Maison) to close out the week.
Show: Live For Live Music and Live Nation Present: Poppa Funk & The Nite Tripper: A Tribute To Art Neville & Dr. John – Fest By Nite 2021
Band: Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Jon Cleary, George Porter Jr., JoJo Hermann (Widespread Panic), Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power), Alvin Ford Jr. (Pretty Lights Live Band), Ian Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Tony Hall (Dumpstaphunk), Skerik, Jen Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band)
Date: Saturday, October 9th, 2021
Venue: The Fillmore New Orleans – 6 Canal St., New Orleans, LA
Doors: 8:00 p.m. / Show: 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: Advance GA: $32.50 / Day of Show GA: $35 GA / P2 Seats/Platinum: $75