Dr. John Brings Locked Down to Life with Dan Auerbach, Members of Antibalas
Photos by Dino Perrucci
Last night, Dr. John performed every song off his new studio album Locked Down at Brooklyn, NY’s BAM. The performance was part of the New Orleans keyboardist’s extended ‘Insides In’ residency at the historic theater. An all-star band backed Dr. John throughout his 90-minute set, including Locked Down producer/Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach, Poets of Rhythm drummer Max Weissenfeldt, singers The McCrary Sisters, El Michels Affair keyboardist/Daptone family member Leon Michels, Daptone/Antibalas bassist Nick Movshon, guitarist/woodwinds ace Brian Olive and Antibalas percussionist Yoshihiro “Yoshi” Takemas. A horn section featuring Antibalas trombonist Aaron Johnson and Dap-Kings trumpeter Dave Guy also augmented the ensemble throughout the night.
While Dr. John played organ and Clavier for most of the set, he also moved to grand piano for a new songs and even offered a solo version of “Such a Nite” before the show’s encore. At one point, he also got up from the keyboard and danced while his band stretched out for a few moments. To the diapoinment of his fans, Auerbach opted not to address the crowd during the show, even when a fan screamed for “The Black Keys.”
Dr. John and Auerbach first shared the stage at Bonnaroo last June but last night’s set was the first time the pianist performed a full set of songs from Locked Down (he debuted a few tunes at SXSW last month). In addition to every song of Locked Down, Dr. John offered a few songs from “back in the game” as well and even three numbers from his solo debut Gris-Gris : “Jump Sturdy,” “Mama Roux” and “I Walk on Guilded Splinters.” Other classics included “Glowin’,” “Black John The Conquerer” and the above-mentioned solo take on “Such a Nite.”
Dr. John will perform with the same band at BAM this evening. For more on the collaboration, please read Mike Greenhaus’ interview over on Relix.com.
Here’s a look at last night’s setlist
My Children, My Angels
Kingdom of Izzness
Black John The Conquerer
I walk on Guilded Splinters
God’s Sure Good
Such a Nite (solo)
E:Big Shot (encore)