Hometown Heroes: Poppa Funk & The Night Tripper Tribute Concert Announced
Aug 10 2021

Hometown Heroes: Poppa Funk & The Night Tripper Tribute Concert Announced

By: Gigi Halpern

In honor of two of the most beloved New Orleans music giants, Art Neville (also known as Poppa Funk) and Dr. John (aka The Night Tripper), an all-star krewe of musicians will recreate the sounds of these beloved Big Easy performers for Poppa Funk & The Night Tripper: A Tribute To Art Neville & Dr. John concert.

A team of musicians will make their way home to New Orleans, recreating the music of Poppa Funk & The Night Tripper on Saturday, October 9 at the Fillmore New Orleans, located at 6 Canal St. The band will feature Neville's friend of many years George Porter Jr., Neville's son Ian Neville, and nephew Ivan Neville. The lineup will also include pianist Jon Cleary, a friend and tour mate of Dr. John, Dumpstaphunk's Tony Hall, drummer Nikki Glaspie, New Orleans trombonist Big Sam, drummer Alvin Ford Jr., and JoJo Hermann, who plays the keyboards for Widespread Panic.

Both Art Neville and Malcolm "Mac" John Rebennack Jr. (Dr. John) were Grammy Award Winners and influencers both on the Big Easy music scene and across the globe. Along with winning a Grammy Award three times, Neville founded New Orleans's funk band The Meters, founded The Neville Brothers, and later the Meters spin-off The Funky Meters. Dr. John, six-time Grammy Award Winner, became a member of the famous studio band, Wrecking Crew and later became Dr. John The Night Tripper upon his return to the Crescent City. Both Neville and Dr. John boasted successful careers in rock, psychedelic rock, New Orleans funk, pop, and jazz. These music legends both passed away in 2019.

Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased at Live Nation's website.

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