Sunday, April 15, 2012
Dr. John's nine-show run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music ended last night with a rousing send off. High points of the show included spectacular turns from singers Irma Thomas and Tami Lynn, a version of "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans" by Nicholas Payton that was better than anything in week one's Louis Armstrong tribute and a mind boggling version of "Hey Pocky Way" in which Donald Harrison was transported into Mardi Gras Indian spiritland. This seemed almost like a response to the gauntlet Dan Auerbach threw at Mac's feet a week ago in his audacious bid to reconfigure the Dr. John persona via the Locked Down sessions. Good as Locked Down was, and it was damn good, when Mac summons the power of New Orleans music nothing can come close.