The legendary Dr. John is a six-time award-winning musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Known throughout the world as the embodiment of New Orleans’ musical legacy, Dr. John is a true icon in American culture. His 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, including recordings by Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Joe Tex, and Frankie Ford. 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.
Soulive has never made any bones about what they do best; it’s right there in their name. Since forming in 1999, the trio of guitarist Eric Krasno, drummer Alan Evans and keyboardist Neal Evans have carried the torch for the soul-jazz organ trio — that venerable, funky institution pioneered by the likes of Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff, and Groove Holmes in the late ’60s. Rest assured, when the Evans brothers first brought Kraz by their Woodstock studio, there was plenty of old vinyl spread out on the floor.
It takes all of 30 seconds.
Whether listening to a track on his newest CD, engaging him in conversation or hearing his voice on an answering machine message, one word springs immediately to mind to describe Kermit Ruffins. Passion. .
The 44-year-old New Orleans native lives it, plays it, and sings about it, and nowhere is it more evident than when he discusses his craft — the swinging, good-time jazz that lured him in as a teenager and continues to whet his appetite even three decades and 10 solo recordings later. “You definitely pick that up from me. That’s definitely the way I live, man,” he said. “From the time I wake up in the morning, I’m itching for my next show to happen. It can’t get here fast enough for me. I think that’s the basic ingredient of New Orleans music.
Music kicks off on the MainStage at 1:00 with Samba New York, a world-renowned performance company dedicated to entertaining, educating, and uplifting people of all backgrounds with the exhilarating music and dance of Brazil. At 2:00, Dahka Band plays their world music with a modern twist, and Folklore Urbano, whose powerhouse orchestra has redefined modern Colombian music in the last decade, hits the stage at 3:00.