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Dr. John and Blind Boys of Alabama to Launch "Spirituals to Funk" US Tour This Fall

  • Monday, September 24, 2012
    Dr. John and Blind Boys of Alabama to Launch "Spirituals to Funk" US Tour This Fall

    Dr. John, following the release of his acclaimed new album, Locked Down, on Nonesuch Records in April, spent the spring and summer touring the United States and Europe with his band the Lower 911 featuring Jon Cleary. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is set to hit the road again this fall, this time with a four-piece band and five-time Grammy Award winners The Blind Boys of Alabama for the Spirituals to Funk tour. Under Dr. John's musical direction, the world premiere of Spirituals to Funk represents the first-ever touring partnership between these two icons of American music.

    Based on the legendary Carnegie Hall Spirituals to Swing concerts produced by John Hammond in the 1930s, Spirituals to Funk features an integrated show that explores the connections between jazz, blues, and gospel.

    The Spirituals to Funk tour will visit 30 cities and towns in 14 states across the United States, kicking off at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Cerritos, California, on October 10, and coming to a close at the Park Theater in Cranston, Rhode Island, on November 18. See below for all of the tour dates; for additional details and ticket links, go to nonesuch.com/on-tour.

    To pick up a copy of Locked Down, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include a download of the complete album at checkout. "Full of muscled, vintage R&B grooves, fevered soloing, psychedelic arrangements and oracular mumbo jumbo," says Rolling Stone of Locked Down, "it's the wildest record he's made in many years." Dr. John, says NPR, "proves that now, as always, he's the ruler of American roots music."

    SPIRITUALS TO FUNK TOUR

    Oct 10 Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts Cerritos, CA
    Oct 11 Valley Performing Arts Center Northbridge, CA
    Oct 12 Lancaster Performing Arts Center Lancaster, CA
    Oct 13 Balboa Theater San Diego, CA
    Oct 15 Lobero Theatre Santa Barbara, CA
    Oct 16 Reynolds Hall, The Smith Center Las Vegas, NV
    Oct 18 Bedell Performance Hall, Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau, MO
    Oct 19 McCain Auditorium, Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
    Oct 20 Bourbon Theatre Lincoln, NE
    Oct 21 Yardley Hall, Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS
    Oct 23 DeVos Performance Hall Grand Rapids, MI
    Oct 25 Grand Theater Wausau, WI
    Oct 26 Harris Theater, Wilson Center for the Arts Brookfield, WI
    Oct 27 Mendel Center, Lake Michigan College Benton Harbor, MI
    Oct 28 Macomb Center for the Performing Arts Clinton, MI
    Oct 30 SRC Arena, Onondaga Community College Syracuse, NY
    Nov 1 The Palace Theatre Albany, NY
    Nov 2 The Palace, Stamford Center for the Arts Stamford, CT
    Nov 3 Concert Hall, George Mason University Fairfax, VA
    Nov 4 Frank Guaracini Jr. Fine & Performing Arts Center Vineland, NJ
    Nov 7 Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine Orono, ME
    Nov 8 Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA
    Nov 10 Jorgensen Center, University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
    Nov 11 State Theater New Brunswick, NJ
    Nov 12 Ferguson Center for the Performing Arts Newport News, VA
    Nov 13 Modlin Center, University of Richmond Richmond, VA
    Nov 15 Mayo Performing Arts Center Morristown, NJ
    Nov 16 Bergen Performing Arts Center Englewood, NJ
    Nov 17 Tilles Center for the Performing Arts Greenvale, NY
    Nov 18 Park Theater Cranston, RI

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on September 21, 2012 - 1:15pm
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Dr. John, who spent the spring and summer on tour following the release of his acclaimed new album, Locked Down, is set to hit the road again this fall, this time with a four-piece band and The Blind Boys of Alabama for the Spirituals to Funk tour. Based on the legendary Carnegie Hall Spirituals to Swing concerts of the 1930s, Spirituals to Funk features an integrated show that explores the connections between jazz, blues, and gospel, all under Dr. John's musical direction. The tour will visit 30 cities and towns in 14 states across the US, from October 10 to November 18.

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Dr. John, following the release of his acclaimed new album, Locked Down, on Nonesuch Records in April, spent the spring and summer touring the United States and Europe with his band the Lower 911 featuring Jon Cleary. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is set to hit the road again this fall, this time with a four-piece band and five-time Grammy Award winners The Blind Boys of Alabama for the Spirituals to Funk tour. Under Dr. John's musical direction, the world premiere of Spirituals to Funk represents the first-ever touring partnership between these two icons of American music.

Based on the legendary Carnegie Hall Spirituals to Swing concerts produced by John Hammond in the 1930s, Spirituals to Funk features an integrated show that explores the connections between jazz, blues, and gospel.

The Spirituals to Funk tour will visit 30 cities and towns in 14 states across the United States, kicking off at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Cerritos, California, on October 10, and coming to a close at the Park Theater in Cranston, Rhode Island, on November 18. See below for all of the tour dates; for additional details and ticket links, go to nonesuch.com/on-tour.

To pick up a copy of Locked Down, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include a download of the complete album at checkout. "Full of muscled, vintage R&B grooves, fevered soloing, psychedelic arrangements and oracular mumbo jumbo," says Rolling Stone of Locked Down, "it's the wildest record he's made in many years." Dr. John, says NPR, "proves that now, as always, he's the ruler of American roots music."

SPIRITUALS TO FUNK TOUR

Oct 10 Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts Cerritos, CA
Oct 11 Valley Performing Arts Center Northbridge, CA
Oct 12 Lancaster Performing Arts Center Lancaster, CA
Oct 13 Balboa Theater San Diego, CA
Oct 15 Lobero Theatre Santa Barbara, CA
Oct 16 Reynolds Hall, The Smith Center Las Vegas, NV
Oct 18 Bedell Performance Hall, Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau, MO
Oct 19 McCain Auditorium, Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
Oct 20 Bourbon Theatre Lincoln, NE
Oct 21 Yardley Hall, Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS
Oct 23 DeVos Performance Hall Grand Rapids, MI
Oct 25 Grand Theater Wausau, WI
Oct 26 Harris Theater, Wilson Center for the Arts Brookfield, WI
Oct 27 Mendel Center, Lake Michigan College Benton Harbor, MI
Oct 28 Macomb Center for the Performing Arts Clinton, MI
Oct 30 SRC Arena, Onondaga Community College Syracuse, NY
Nov 1 The Palace Theatre Albany, NY
Nov 2 The Palace, Stamford Center for the Arts Stamford, CT
Nov 3 Concert Hall, George Mason University Fairfax, VA
Nov 4 Frank Guaracini Jr. Fine & Performing Arts Center Vineland, NJ
Nov 7 Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine Orono, ME
Nov 8 Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA
Nov 10 Jorgensen Center, University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
Nov 11 State Theater New Brunswick, NJ
Nov 12 Ferguson Center for the Performing Arts Newport News, VA
Nov 13 Modlin Center, University of Richmond Richmond, VA
Nov 15 Mayo Performing Arts Center Morristown, NJ
Nov 16 Bergen Performing Arts Center Englewood, NJ
Nov 17 Tilles Center for the Performing Arts Greenvale, NY
Nov 18 Park Theater Cranston, RI

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Dr. John & Blind Boys of Alabama: "Spirituals to Funk" Tour

Comments

Eugene Apicella's picture

Is there a problem with Florida?

Paul Gottshall's picture

Why no southern dates? It would be nice to see something listed in the Orlando\Central Florida locale.

Jason's picture

So there's no Alabama or Louisiana dates? :(

mdr1013's picture

So all these amazing artists, who all come from the South, have decided to put together a once in a lifetime tour and completely ignore the region of the country that made them famous in the first place. Thanks for nothing, guys.

Bob B's picture

What happened to Chicago? And New Orleans? Disappointing!

Deluxefunk's picture

Why no Chicago dates?

Maryann's picture

Looks like Illinois falls flat on the funk chart as well. Not that we were ever really on it, but ya know? TWO times in Michigan and not even Chicago? Wow.

ColeCrouse's picture

Three shows in Michigan, three shows in Virginia and absolutely nothing in Ohio? I just want to see Dr. John again, but he hasn't been near here in years.

Betsy's picture

Yeah, what about the South???!?

Charlie's picture

Yeah, no southern tour is a big disappointment. Here's to hoping more dates are added for winter.

Emily's picture

To people who don't see their city on the list of dates: Talk to your local venues and ask them to bring Dr. John. That's their job. Dr. John's management will take him where there is interest expressed. With an artist like this, of course, there's lots of interest and only a limited number of dates, so maybe the Louisiana, Chicago or Ohio venues didn't move fast enough? Just a thought, but Dr. John hires people to plan this stuff and he goes where they get the gigs!

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