Dr. John's only performance during this year's installment of Jazz Fest will be a doozy. The New Orleans legend is getting an all-star tribute on May 3 with a lineup featuring Gregg Allman, Lucinda Williams, Widespread Panic, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Ryan Bingham, and Jimmie Vaughan, among others.
"The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music" takes place May 3 at the Saenger Theatre, located in the city's French Quarter.
Other notable artists include Allen Toussaint, who produced John's seminal "In the Right Place" album, and soul legend Mavis Staples, who like John appeared in "The Last Waltz," Martin Scorsese's concert documentary on The Band. More artists will be announced soon. The night's musical director will be producer (and Blue Note Records president) Don Was.
"Dr. John transcends genres with a truly distinctive sound that embodies the rich musical heritage of New Orleans and has tremendously influenced the course of music history," said Was.
The man born Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack, Jr. will take the stage with several of the special guests throughout the event, which is being filmed and recorded for future release.
Tickets go on sale Monday, March 10.
This year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival takes place over two weekends on April 25-27 and May 1-4. Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, Phish and Arcade Fire are among the artists set to appear.