Original article published in Examiner.com in October, 2013 http://www.examiner.com/article/music-legend-dr-john-adds-voodoo-funk-to-festival-miami
Music legend and multi Grammy winner Dr. John brought his New Orleans music flavor to Festival Miami on Saturday night. Heads were bobbing and feet were stomping at the sold out Gusman Concert Hall of the University of Miami where Dr. John and The Nite Trippers administered a healthy dose of rhythm and blues with a mix of voodoo funk.
With his dark glasses, funky hat and colorful pony tail he played from a set list that included classics like “Right Place, Wrong Time” and songs from his latest Grammy winning album Locked and Loaded. For most of the set he grooved behind his keyboard and his skull and voodoo charm decorated piano, although he soloed in guitar for “Mama and Papa” and at one jam he was up banging and shaking a necklace of African shells invoking his voodoo roots.
Dr. John and The Night Trippers fittingly played as part of the Jazz and Beyond series of the Festival. His music epitomizes the New Orleans rich cultural heritage and goes way beyond jazz, blending elements from funk, rhythm and blues, psychedelic rock infused with voodoo mysticism and his Creole roots to create a sound that is as unique as his voice.
Festival Miami is a month-long international live music festival held every October that features world class concerts encompassing a wide array of music genres. This year Festival Miami is celebrating its 30th anniversary and it’s showcasing 25 different concerts presented under four themes: Great Performances, Music of the Americas, Jazz and Beyond, and Creative American Music. The University of Miami Frost School of Music hosts the festival in its campus in Coral Gables every year as part of its mission to cultivate a high quality music education and to provide the public with a diverse range of music.