Night Sounds

Let loose with Dr. John’s New Orleans musical state of mind

Dr. John and The Nite Trippers bring their New Orleans sound to the Knight Theater in Charlotte Tuesday.
Dr. John and The Nite Trippers bring their New Orleans sound to the Knight Theater in Charlotte Tuesday. DR. JOHN

Cruise through the merriment of the Memorial Day weekend then let loose with Dr. John and The Nite Trippers live Tuesday at Knight Theater in Charlotte.

A six-time Grammy winner and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Dr. John is the epitome of the New Orleans state of mind. Born and raised in “The Big Easy,” he has reigned for more than a half century with a signature sound running the gamut from blues, pop, and rock to boogie, zydeco, jazz, and funk.

Dr. John skillfully embraces all the myth and magic necessary to righteously represent the legendary city. Throw in flash, feathers, flamboyance even a dash of voodoo and Dr. John’s credentials are immaculate to carry forward the pomp and pageantry of his nitty, gritty groove.

At 74 years young, Dr. John’s (aka Mac Rebennack) zeal is still real. From the 1950s, his colorful career has been influential, including collaborations with Professor Longhair, Joe Tex and Art Neville. More recently Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl interviewed Dr. John regarding the music of “The Crescent City” for the HBO series “Sonic Highways.”

The list of hits for Dr. John is long and illustrious, but it’s the top hit “Right Place Wrong Time” that remains his best known and most loved song. The most recent album release from Dr. John titled “Locked Down” features a stellar collaboration with a hand-picked band of young musicians.

Let the good times roll with the high priest of voodoo sounds Dr. John and The Nite Trippers Tuesday along with guest openers The Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. in Charlotte. For ticket information call 704-372-1000 or visitblumenthalarts.org. For more on the music go to nitetripper.com.

Elsewhere

Find the sky by “learning to fly” via tribute band Brit Floyd live Thursday at Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte. Based in Liverpool, England, this tribute to the iconic Pink Floyd band takes on a mission that is staggering to consider and mind-boggling to undertake. However, reviewers find them equal to their task showering praise saying the show is not only “blindingly brilliant” and “ jaw-droppingly authentic.”

The Brit Floyd concert undertaking is nothing less than monumental from its three hour length to the range of music covered as well as animation, light show and other details necessary to capture the Pink Floyd mystique.

To handle this venture it takes a “high-fidelity, first class” stage full of musicians including Danian Darlington, guitar/vocals/musical director; Tom Ashbrook, keyboards; Arran Ahmun, drums; Ola Bienkowska, vocals; Carl Brunsdon, saxophones/guitars/ percussion/keyboards/clarinet; Ian Cattell, bass guitar/vocals; and a talented host of additional touring vocalists and musicians.

Set your eyes on “the circling skies” to shine with Brit Floyd – Pink Floyd Tribute, live Thursday at Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte. For tickets call 704-372-3600. For more concert information/ directions, etc. call 704-335-3100 or visit ovensauditorium.com. Go to britfloyd.com for more on the music.

Upcoming

Friday: Hoodwinked at Empire Pizza II-Newport, Rock Hill; Well Known Strangers at The Handlebar, Catawba; Songwriters’ Showcase at Sylvia Theater, York; Analog Daze, Raine at The Rabbit Hole, Charlotte; Jody Edwards & Co. at The Yellow Rose-Touchstone, Charlotte; Messenger Down, Falling Through April, Eyes Eat Suns, more at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; May Mayhem at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Marc Hoffman at Romare Bearden Park, Charlotte; Scoot at Hickory Tavern-Birkdale, Charlotte; Laney Jones & The Spirits, Dush & Ashes, Ross Adams at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; The Slackers, The Duppies at Visulite Theatre, Charlotte; Open Mic at McGlohon Theater-Spirit Square, Charlotte; McGroover at Thomas Street Tavern, Charlotte; Snug 600 with The Poontanglers, Viajando, No Anger Control, Gore Gore Luchadores at Snug Harbor,Charlotte; The Mineral Girls, Patois Counselors, more at Milestone, Charlotte; Matt & John at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Lyfe Jennings at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Crizzly, Antiserum, LAXX at Chop Shop, Charlotte; Carolina Story, Noah Guthrie; Narrow Plains; at Evening Muse, Charlotte.

Saturday: Elvis Tribute with Travis Powell at Sylvia Theater, York; Joyfest with Fred Hammond, Tye Tribbet, more at Carowinds, Fort Mill; Spring Festival with Province of Thieves at Treehouse Vineyards-Pineville; Debut of Anacreon plus Almost Kings, What Happened Yesterday, Beyond The Broken, more at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Silver Wings at Comet Grill, Charlotte; Josh Roberts & The Hinges at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Snug 600 with Jesse Clasen, Spirit System, The Nude Party, 1970s Film Stock at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Dirty South Revolutionaries, The Damned Angels, Chalkies at Milestone, Charlotte; Britt Stokes & Issac Matthews at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Whiskey of the Damned at Evening Muse, Charlotte.

Sunday: Snug 600 with Banda Suki, It’s Snakes, Wahya’s, Fat Face Band at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; CLT-DMV Go-Go Invasion/Memorial Day Weekend with Let Flow Go-Go Band, more at Cosmos Café, Charlotte; Jonathan Jackson, Enation at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Colby Dobbs Band, Banda Magda at Evening Muse, Charlotte.

Monday: Knocturnal, Blueprint, Supastition at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Open Mic with 3 Piece Bucket at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte.

Tuesday: Shawn Mendes, Jacquie Lee at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Dr. John and the Nite Trippers at Knight Theater, Charlotte; Tom Billotto at Romare Bearden Park, Charlotte; The Ethan Uslan Show at Petra’s Piano Bar and Cabaret, Charlotte; Accidental Seabirds at Tommy’s Pub, Charlotte; Sinkane with Hectorina at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; The Story So Far, Four Year Strong, more at Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte; Quiet Company at Evening Muse, Charlotte.

Wednesday: The Catalinas at Romare Bearden Park, Charlotte; Bex Marshall at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Dollar Signs, Gravewave at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko, Chris Webby, more at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Diversion with Shiba San at Chop Shop, Charlotte; The 9 with Justin Trawick, Arsena Schroeder, Nathan Storey, more at Evening Muse, Charlotte.

Thursday: Exit 54 Band at Veterans Park, Kannapolis; The Instigators at Comet Grill, Charlotte; Flaw, Seasons After, Oblivious Signal, Skinn Jakkitt at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Purity Ring, Braids, Born Gold at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; People’s Blues of Richmond, BYOG, Porch 40 at Visulite Theatre, Charlotte; Slippery When Wet, Radiojacks at EpiCentre-Uptown, Charlotte; C2 and The Brothers Reed at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Tauk, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra at Chop Shop, Charlotte; Diane Durrett, Steff Mahan at Evening Muse, Charlotte.

“And that was all she wrote.”

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