Dr. John, a.k.a. Mac Rebennack, is one of New Orleans' greatest piano pounders, most singularly identifiable vocal stylists, and flame keeper of Crescent City music. From his debut 1968 classic album, Gris-Gris, in which he transformed voodoo traditions into fonky psychedelia, to his eclectic forays into NOLA rhythm and blues and the Great American Songbook, Mac remains a national treasure. (His 25th album, Tribal, will be released by 429 Records on August 3.) A five-time Grammy winner, he'll be talking to the Grammy Museum's executive director, Robert Santelli, tonight about his career, what it means to miss New Orleans and how that special place birthed and nurtured most of our country's greatest musics. The grim subjects of Katrina and the current oil spill will no doubt come up, as the Doctor has strong opinions and tough prescriptions for ameliorating and preventing these disasters. That he's also a first-rate raconteur with his own neologistic vocabulary guarantees that the interrogatoration will be entertaining. Après le blab, Mac will answer audience questions and perform a few numbers with his band.
Mon., June 14, 7:30 p.m., 2010