June 13, 2010
New Orleans Legend Sits Down for Intimate Conversation and Performance
On June 14, 2010, The GRAMMY Museum® will host GRAMMY-winning New Orleans musical treasure Dr. John and the Lower 911 for an onstage interview and performance.
Dr. John is universally celebrated as the living embodiment of the rich musical heritage of New Orleans. His very colorful musical career began in the 1950s when he wrote and played guitar on some of the greatest records to come out of the Crescent City. A notorious gun incident forced the artist to give up the guitar and concentrate on organ and piano. Further trouble at home sent Dr. John west in the 1960s, where he was soon in high demand as a session musician, playing on records by Sonny and Cher, Van Morrison and Aretha Franklin and launching his solo career with his breakthrough 1968 album Gris-gris, which established his trademark blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, rhythm & blues, psychedelic rock and Creole roots. Several of his many career highlights include the masterful album Sun, Moon and Herbs in 1971 which included cameos from Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger and 1973's In The Right Place, which contained the chart hits \"Right Place Wrong Time\" and \"Such A Night.\" After a half century of creating music for others and himself, Dr. John continues to write, arrange, produce and interpret with a passion that has yet to wane. A five-time GRAMMY winner and recipient of France's prestigious AcadÃ©mie Charles Cros 57Ã¨me PalmarÃ¨s award in France, he continues to dazzle and delight audiences across the globe touring consistently. Dr. John will release his twenty-fifth album, Tribal, on August 3, 2010.
Before an intimate audience of 200, hear Dr. John in conversation about his legendary career and recent efforts to preserve the musical legacy of New Orleans. After the interview (conducted by the Museum's Executive Director, Robert Santelli), Dr. John will take questions from the audience and, with his band the Lower 911, perform a few selections from his remarkably influential catalog.
The GRAMMY Museum® launched its flagship public program, \"An Evening With...,\" in January 2009 with music legend Brian Wilson and continued its success with critically-acclaimed recording artists Ringo Starr, Annie Lennox, Tom Morello, Dwight Yoakam, Dionne Warwick, Smokey Robinson, Terence Blanchard, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, George Benson, Paul Shaffer, Carly Simon, Harry Connick, Jr. and Clive Davis. The Museum will host \"An Evening With Chris Hillman\" on May 20, 2010, and \"American Express Presents An Evening With Herbie Hancock\" on June 7, 2010. The program regularly features award-winning and cutting-edge musicians live and onstage. Taking place in the Museum's state-of-the-art theatre, which screens the film \"The Making of a GRAMMY Moment\" during regular Museum hours, the program provides guests unprecedented access to their favorite musicians.
\"An Evening With Dr. John\" will take place at 8pm in the GRAMMY Sound Stage, on the second floor of The GRAMMY Museum®. Doors open at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25, go on sale Friday, May 14, and can be purchased in-person at the Museum Box Office, through Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 1.800.745.3000. For more information, please visit www.grammymuseum.org.
The GRAMMY Museum® is located at 800 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite A245, Los Angeles, CA 90015. With an entrance off of Figueroa Street, the Museum resides within the L.A. LIVE campus, at the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles.
About The GRAMMY Museum®
Paying tribute to music's rich cultural history, this one-of-a-kind, 21st-century Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music - the GRAMMY Award. The GRAMMY Museum® features 30,000 square feet of interactive and multimedia exhibits located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district. Through thought-provoking and dynamic public and educational programs and exhibits, guests will experience music from a never-before-seen insider perspective that only The GRAMMY Museum® can deliver.
American Express is the Premiere Partner of The GRAMMY Museum®. For more information about American Express and music, visit www.americanexpress.com/entertainment.
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