City Planner: Monday 11/20
Dr. John @ Dakotatoday's A-List: "The self-described 'desitively bonnaroo' big chief physician of the great New Orleans piano tradition, Mac Rebennack, a.k.a. Dr. John, has ivory roots that slither under the Louisiana mud, tracing Professor Longhair to Jelly Roll and his Storyville compatriots. At 65, Mac is a living artifact of the Crescent City's virulently eccentric genius, now as endangered as the city itself in the post-Katrina debacle of neglect, indifference, and malfeasance. On his latest album, Mercernary (Blue Note), Mac's hoodoo guise smacks upside his love of jazz standards in a delectable tribute to songwriter and singer Johnny Mercer. Each iconic tune is doused in the gumbo: 'Blues in the Night' dramatically reverts to the Delta, 'That Old Black Magic' acquires a potent dose of voodoo, 'Personality' ('poisonality' in Mac's patois) gets down and dirty with Charlie Miller's raucous trumpet and Herman Ernest's strip-joint beat, and an instrumental version of 'I'm an Old Cowhand' has subtle suggestions of Longhair triplets and second-line funk. Mac wraps it up with a clever original that riffs on Mercer phrases ('I Ain't No Johnny Mercer'); and 'Save the Bones for Henry Jones,' originally recorded by Mercer but written by the late New Orleans singer/banjoist Danny Barker. Dr. John's three-day Dakota residency is all solo gigs, each an education in Mercer and the erstwhile Big Easy.'
$40-$50. 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.