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With special guest Allen Toussaint
The Center for the Arts presents
The 11th Annual Concert
Benefiting Bear Yuba Land Trust
Sunday, September 22
5:00 to 7:00PM:
Earles of Newtown, Beaucoup Chapeaux and Honeysweet
7:00PM: Allen Toussaint
8:00-8:30PM: Intermission and Live Auction
8:30PM: Dr. John
(Schedule subject to change)
On the Lawn at the Historic North Star House. Bring blankets and folding chairs.
Parking on site $5 per car, $3 if 4 or more in car. Carpool!
RAIN OR SHINE
SPECIAL BOX OFFICE HOURS:
At The Center – Sunday 9/22 – 11:00AM – 2:00PM
At North Star House – Sunday 9/22 – 4:00PM
$55 Center and Land Trust members, $65 non-member – General Admission
$20 children 6 to 16. Children 1 to 5 are free (ticket required) – General Admission
$75 Premium includes roped seating area on lawn closest to stage and reserved parking
Parking on site at North Star House – $5 per car, $3 if 4 or more in car – carpool!
On the Lawn at the Historic North Star House – bring blankets and folding chairs.
12075 Auburn Road, Grass Valley, CA 95949
“I am honored to do this particular benefit for the Bear Yuba Land Trust and I feel good that it is for farmers, peoples of the land and wildlife habitats. I am very involved in preserving the wetlands in Louisiana, and so I can relate to this mission, as it is close to my heart. I think it’s a great and spiritually hip thing that music and the arts can help serve to protect our land. ” – Dr. John
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“Combining New Orleans funk, glitter, and voodoo charm, pianist Dr. John was an energetic frontman in the early 1970s (“Right Place, Wrong Time”) and a behind-the-scenes mover before and since.” – Rolling Stone
“Dr. John sounds much the same as in his wily youth, singing in a drawling croak and playing piano and organ with a principal stake in rhythm…” – The New York Times
“Dr. John and the Lower 911 still make mystique-dripping grooves sound easy.” – Entertainment Weekly
Dr. John, or Mac Rebennack as known to friends and family, is universally celebrated as the living embodiment of the rich musical heritage exclusive to New Orleans. His very 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.
A notorious gun incident forced the artist to give up the guitar and concentrate on organ and piano. Further trouble at home sent Dr. John west in the 1960s, where he continued to be in demand as a session musician, playing on records by Sonny and Cher, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin and The Rolling Stones‘ infamous Exile On Main St. to name a few.
During that time he also launched his solo career, developing the charismatic persona of Dr. John The Nite Tripper. Adorned with voodoo charms and regalia, a legend was born with his breakthrough 1968 album Gris-gris, which established his unique blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, rhythm & blues, psychedelic rock and Creole roots.
Several of his many career highlights include the masterful album Sun, Moon and Herbs in 1971 which included cameos from Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger and 1973’s In The Right Place, which contained the chart hits “Right Place Wrong Time” and “Such A Night.”
Dr. John is a 5x Grammy Award winner – 1989, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2012. In 2004, his musical love letter to the city of New Orleans, “N’awlinz Dis Dat or D’udda,” was awarded the prestigious Académie Charles Cros 57ème Palmarès award in France. It was the first time since the 1970s that an artist from North America received the award.
He has also received six other nominations over the years. In 2007 he was nominated for a Grammy for “Sippiana Hericane,” his Hurricane Katrina benefit disc. Other awards include the American Societyof Young Musicians 2007 Trailblazer Award.
After Hurricane Katrina and government bungles bashed New Orleans in 2005, Dr. John immediately stepped up to the plate with both generous relief fund-raising concerts and recordings and angry public words of protest. In 2008 he released “City That Care Forgot,” an album winning him a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album.
2010’s release, TRIBAL, saw Dr. John revisiting that classic, swampy gris-gris style that put him on the map. In 2012, Dr. John released Locked Down, the Grammy winning collaboration with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, who produced and played guitar. Rolling Stone gave the record 4 out of 5 stars, calling it “…the wildest record Rebennack has made in many years…full of muscled, vintage R&B grooves, fevered soloing, psychedelic arrangements and oracular mumbo jumbo.” The Los Angeles Times described the release as “… something magical, the embodiment of everything he’s done but pushed in a clear new direction.”
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.
“…when I meet someone like Allen Toussaint – that for me is like meeting, you know, someone the equivalent of the Dalai Lama because for me, he influenced the way I played the piano, he’s a historical part of rock and roll.” – Elton John
Allen Toussaint is a musician, songwriter, record producer and one of the most influential figures in New Orleans R&B. He has produced, written for, arranged, had his songs covered by, and performed with music giants The Judds, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Patti LaBelle, Mac “Dr. John” Rebennack, Aaron and Art Neville, Joe Cocker, The (original) Meters, Glen Campbell, The Band, Little Feat, The Rolling Stones, Devo, Ernie K-Doe, Lee Dorsey, Irma Thomas, Etta James, Ramsey Lewis, Eric Gale and the countless others.
His songs/productions have been featured in numerous films, including but not limited to, Casino, Moulin Rouge, and Maid in Manhattan. He served as musical director for the off Broadway play, Staggerlee, which won the prestigious Outer Circle Critics Award.
Toussaint career began in his early twenties when hired by the local Minit Records to supervise its recording activities, awaiting their arrival of Harold Batiste. Toussaint quickly accumulated an amazing string of hits for the label, producing, writing, arranging and often performing on tracks by Ernie K-Doe, Irma Thomas, Art and Aaron Neville, Chris Kenner, and Benny Spellman, putting his signature New Orleans sound on the map, an obvious continuation of the Domino/Bartholomew era.
Toussaint got his shot as a solo artist with a record for RCA. Two of his earliest tunes, “Java,” which became a mega-hit for trumpeter Al Hirt and “Whipped Cream,” the Herb Alpert hit, became instrumental standards. Toussaint then went onto team up with Lee Dorsey, who was often backed by the funky rhythm section known as The Meters, turning out a string of hits that included Working in the Coalmine; Holy Cow; Ride Your Pony; and many others. Working in the Coalmine was then recorded by The Judds; Yes We Can became a smash hit by The Pointer Sisters; Sneaking Sally Though the Alley was recorded by both Robert Palmer and Ringo Starr. Toussaint continued to put his mark on the music business with his arrangements on LaBelle’s hit, Lady Marmalade, continuing on with Patti through the early stages of her solo career. After establishing himself as one of the greatest songwriters, accredited to him by BMI Music, Toussaint was honored with a Grammy nominee for 1977’s song of the year, Southern Night, performed by Glen Campbell. Years later Southern Night was featured on the MCA’s Grammy nominated compilation CD, Country, Rhythm, and Blues, where Toussaint teamed up with Country legend Chet Atkins, to perform his hit.
His career has spanned over 40 years, all adding up to include being inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.” After years of writing, producing, recording, arranging, performing and conducting, Toussaint’s music is continuing on. Several of his songs are commercial themes, Yes We Can (Slim Fast) and Working in the Coalmine (WalMart). His productions are continuously sampled, introducing it to an entire new arena of listeners (Louie–ODB and Lady Marmalade (Christinia Augillara, Lil Kim, Missy Elliot). Songs Java and Southern Night have both been credited and cited for over 2 million airings. The most recent of Toussaint’s long list of honors and accolades is the Grammy nominated pop/vocal album of the year, The River in Reverse; Toussaint’s collaboration with Elvis Costello followed by “The Bright Mississippi” nomination for Best Instrumental Album. Toussaint was also awarded the Grand Prix from France’s Academia du Jazz, making Toussaint the first non-traditional jazz artist to be awarded such an honor. As Mr. Toussaint Hurrican Katrina was the best booking agent and with that he has started to tour and perform before a whole new audience.
In 2012 Mr. Toussaint was inducted into the Song Writers Hall Of Fame and The Blues Hall Of Fame. 2013 has not slowed down this year Allen Toussaint with him being honorary doctorate of Fine Arts from Tulane University along with Dr. John, Natasha Threthewey and his Holiness, the Dali Lama.
Downbeat Magazine’s Best of the 2000’s
NPR’s World Café: among the top 10 Albums of 2009
The Best Record of the Year – French Jazz Academy
Among the year’s best per
The London Times, Village Voice, Chicago Tribune and Associated Press
MOJO: 4 stars – “Jazz albums don’t come much better”
New York Times: “This is a jazz record for people who think they don’t like jazz…”
Earles of Newtown is a fresh band in Nevada County, a complimentary 8-piece ensemble that swings and sways through dance numbers and ballads like a time machine of American folklore hits. Through stories of love and loss the group boasts a rich variety of Nevada County players including musical director/vocalist J Earle Ford on trumpet, along with players Bob Woods, Chad Conner Crow, “Texas” Dave Wilcox, Doug Bianchi, Joe Fajan, Jim Trefethen and drummer, Karl Chelette. Earles of Newtown combines swanky & classy with a down-home style and musical sophistication. The group is sure to create a positive dance scene while pleasing the “cool listener” with a gumbo of 1920’s Texas Swing, Classic Country, Dixieland Jazz with a dash of Jugband Blues.
Voted “Best Live Music in Nevada City” (their home base in Northern California), the music of Beaucoup Chapeaux springs forth from the accordion, violin, oboe, English horn, tenor guitar, plectrum banjo, clarinet, bass clarinet, piccolo, dobro, 5-string banjo, voice (and anything else they pick up) and the combined spirits of four extraordinary musicians.
Maggie McKaig – Guitar, voice, Accordion
Luke Wilson – Banjo, voice, Dobro, tenor guitar
Murray Campbell – Violin, voice, oboe, English horn
Randy McKean – Saxophone, voice, flute, bass clarinet, Clarinet
Soul/Funk /Hiphop/Groove Jazz deliciousness with local talented musicians of Nevada City/Grass Valley – Maren Metke, Aedryan Gantt, David Chapman, Thomas Spellman, Ananda Vaughan, Marlon Aldana.
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