Live on the Green announces first act

drjohn3There’s nothing like a little voodoo mysticism to kick off a music season. That’s exactly what Live on the Green plans to do this September, when it launches its fourth annual series with a performance by legendary New Orleans bluesman Dr. John.

“Dr. John has been a part of music history for more than four decades, giving him a unique multi-generational audience,” Live on the Green’s executive producer Lester Turner said in a released statement. “His show blends voodoo rhythms, rock, rhythm & blues with his New Orleans roots. He is the ideal artist to kick off a lineup focused on a variety of musical styles, generations and qualities; one which aims to celebrate the best of what’s happening nationally and locally.”

Dr. John, a five-time Grammy Award winner and member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, has been performing his unique blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, rhythm & blues, psychedelic rock and Creole roots since the launch of his first album, Gris Gris, in 1968. He has performed as a session player on albums for Sonny & Cher, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin and The Rolling Stones. He has also written and released 23 albums, and he has produced records and collaborated with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and Gregg Allman.  His 1974 album, Desitively Bonnaroo, inspired the name for the annual music festival in Manchester, TN.

This season’s Live on the Green, which runs every Thursday from Sept. 6 to Oct. 11 at Public Square Park in front of the Metro Courthouse, will feature live music acts as well as a variety of special activities for attendees of all ages. The full lineup will be announced July 5.

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