Dr. John to perform benefit concert in Grass Valley | TheUnion.com

Dr. John to perform benefit concert in Grass Valley

Dr. John and the Nite Trippers will headline Stars at North Star House, the 11th annual concert benefiting Bear Yuba Land Trust on Sept. 22.

The Center for the Arts will present this five-time Grammy award-winning artist in what has become an annual collaboration between nonprofits. These concerts are the largest fundraiser for the Bear Yuba Land Trust.

Dr. John will be joined by special guest Allen Toussaint.

“Dr. John first came to our community to support the Land Trust in 2007, which was just two years after Katrina slammed into his hometown,” said Marty Coleman-Hunt, executive director of Bear Yuba Land Trust.

“At that time, he remarked to the crowd how impressed he was how a community like ours comes out to support our beautiful landscape. I know he will be happy to see how much that support has grown over the last six years and how much more land is permanently protected and trails built since then.”

“This is our third year presenting this annual concert to benefit Bear Yuba Land Trust,” said Center for the Arts executive director Julie Baker.

“Dr. John is a great performer and we are thrilled to bring him back to the community. It was just serendipity that Allen Toussaint was available the same day. The stars aligned to make it happen and will align at the North Star House for a great event on Sept. 22.”

Mac “Dr. John” Rebennack is universally celebrated as the living embodiment of the rich musical heritage exclusive to New Orleans. He won Grammy Awards in 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.

Most recently, he released “Locked Down” in 2012, a Grammy-winning collaboration with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, who produced and played guitar.

Toussaint is an American musician, songwriter and 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 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 countless others.

He is a regularly featured guest on the HBO hit series “Treme.”

Tickets for the Sept. 22 benefit concert are $55 for members of the Center or Land Trust, $65 for nonmembers and $75 for premium tickets, which includes roped seating area on the lawn closest to the stage and reserved parking. For $135, patrons receive premium seats and admission to the gala.

Tickets are available at the Center’s Box Office in person, by phone or online at http:// thecenterforthearts.org/tickets/ and at BriarPatch Co-op. For more about the concert, visit http://thecenterforthearts.org/.

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