Jon Batiste Announces Summer Festival Tour With The Dap-Kings
Starting in Palm Springs at the Indian Wells Music Festival on April 7, the seven-date trek will hit New Orleans Jazz Fest, Newport Folk and Newport Jazz Festivals before wrapping at Monterrey Jazz Festival on September 22.
Thank God for funk and soul music—and The Dap-Kings. I’m suspect of anyone who isn’t moved by their live show! Makes me remember how as a kid, my father and extended family presented this music. Now The Dap-Kings and I bring our collective experiences to the table. This is major. Some dates in my bio. Tag a friend! What cities should we add?? (More Solo in the round dates coming soon as well --)
Batiste -- a native New Orleanian who nearly missed his Juilliard audition thanks to Hurricane Katrina, but famously delivered his try-out via bar pay phone -- is leading a set inspired by the music of his hometown that will feature selections from Allen Toussaint's catalog along with songs by other Big Easy greats.
Batiste recently performed with the Dap-Kings at Electric Lady Studios in New York for a Newport Folk benefit, and the upcoming tour will be their first major outing since the passing of Sharon Jones, who sang with the Brooklyn-based ensemble before her death in November 2016.