Jon Cleary Joins Dr. John Tour

Article Contributed by conqueroo | Published on Thursday, May 17, 2012

On the heels of playing his own national tour dates, Jon Cleary will join Dr. John’s (a.k.a. Mac Rebennack) Locked Down tour across the U.S. and Europe as a featured player in Mac’s band, The Lower 911. Jon Cleary’s sixth solo CD, Occapella!, now in its fourth week of release, became one of the best selling records during Jazz Fest 2012, second only to Anders Osborne’s latest, according to the Louisiana Music Factory, carrier of the widest selection of New Orleans music in the world.Occapella!, featuring Cleary’s interpretations of songs penned by his musical touchstone, Allen Toussaint, was described by Blurt magazine as “12 songs of pure pleasure.”  Blogcritics called it, “an infectious romp through the mind and music of [the] New Orleans legend . . . every track a tour de force of performing virtuosity.” And USA Today, in its “Playlist” column featuring single tracks, cited “Let’s Get Low Down,” in which “vocals from Bonnie Raitt and Dr. John sweeten the pot . . .”Behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from Occapella!, featuring Cleary on keys, bass, guitar, drums and vocals, can be seen and shared at John 2012 Tour Dates (“Dr. John and The Lower 911 featuring Jon Cleary”):Fri., June 1  ALEXANDRIA, VA  The BirchmereSat., June 2  AUGUSTA, NJ  Sussex County FairgroundSun., June 3  ST. LOUIS, MS  Bay Bridgefest *Tues., June 5  PORTLAND, ME  The AsylumWed., June 6  BOSTON, MA  Paradise Rock ClubThurs., June 7  TARRYTOWN, NY  Tarrytown Music HallSat., June 9  CHARLOTTE, NC  Uptown Amphitheatre (w/ Gov’t Mule)Sun., June 10  HIGHLAND PARK, IL  Ravinia Pavilion (w/ Iron & Wine)Tues., June 12  MYRTLE BEACH, SC  House of Blues (w/ Gov’t Mule)Wed., June 13  RALEIGH, NC  Raleigh Amphitheater (w/ Gov’t Mule)Thurs., June 14  LOUISVILLE, KY  Iroquois Amphitheater (w/ Gov’t Mule)Fri., June 15  OAKLAND, CA Paramount Theater **Sun., June 17  ATLANTA, GA  Chastain Park AmphitheaterFri., June 29  PADDOCK WOOD, UK Hop Farm FestivalSat., June 30  SAMOIS-Sur-SEINE, France  Django Reinhardt FestivalMon., July 2  AMSTERDAM, Netherlands  ParadisoWed., July 4  PARIS, France  La CigaleThurs., July 5  STASBOURG, France  Strasbourg Jazz Festival ***Fri., July 6  LUGANO, Switzerland  Lugano Estival JazzSat., July 8  ROSKILDE, Denmark  Roskilde FestivalMon., July 9  MONTREUX, Switzerland  Montreux Jazz FestivalTues., July 10  NICE, France  Nice Jazz Festival ***Fri., July 13  STUTTGART, Germany  Jazz Open StuttgartSun.,  July 15  CAHORS, France  Cahors Blues Festival (w/Eric Sardinas)Wed., July 18  LONDON, UK  Under the BridgeThurs., July 19  LONDON, UK  Under the BridgeSun., July 22  GATESHEAD, UK  The Sage Gateshead (w/Phantom Limb)Tues., July 24  DUBLIN, Ireland  Vicar Street * Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen** SFJAZZ Presents Another Night in Treme