XPoNential Fest: Dr. John Brings the funk to the River Stage

Photo by Eric Ashleigh

Two human skulls kept Dr. John company today on the River Stage at the XPoNential Music Festival.  The Night Tripper performed songs from his most recent album Locked Down, which was produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and released in April 2012.  The crowd was in high spirits as the Doctor spun his voodoo tales and New Orleans funk, alternating between a Nord Electro 3 and a piano and decked out in his signature hat and necklace of baubles.  He brought some traditional Louisiana marching band flavor by way of a trombone player.  A round robin of bandmember solos introduced an organ player, guitarist and drummer as well. See photos of the performance in the gallery below and read the setlist after the jump.

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Dawes, Dr. John, Lianne La Havas, Phosphorescent and more playing XPoNential Music Festival 2013

DawesLos Angeles rockers Dawes, New Orleans piano legend Dr. John, UK soul singer Lianne La Havas and Brooklyn Americana outfit Phosphorescent are among the 20 acts announced today for the 2013 XPoNential Music Festival, happening July 26th through the 28th at Wiggins Park and the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ.

Joining the already-announced Saturday night SBC lineup of The Lumineers, Dr. Dog and Polica is Vancouver ethereal roots act Wake Owl. In addition, local acts on the bill include Aaron and the Spell, DRGN King and The Districts.

Weekend passes to the XPONential Music Festival are available now through WXPN membership. New and renewing members will get a pair of weekend passes to Wiggins park and lawn seats to the SBC show for a pledge of $24 month. More information can be found here.

The Lumineers (Sat 7/27 @ Sus. Bank Ctr.)
Dr. Dog (Sat 7/27 @ Sus. Bank Ctr.)
Polica (Sat 7/27 @ Sus. Bank Ctr.)
Wake Owl (Sat 7/27 @ Sus. Bank Ctr.)
John Butler Trio
Dr. John
Trampled By Turtles
Michael Kiwanuka
Brett Dennen
Lianne La Havas
Justin Townes Earle
Jose James
Last Bison
Kopecky Family Band
Lord Huron
Fleeting Ends
The Stray Birds
The Districts
Aaron & The Spell
Alo Brasil


Watch: Dr. John explores New Orleans with World Cafe’s David Dye

David Dye, the host and producer of World Cafe went to New Orleans to capture the sights and sounds of the Crescent City for the World Cafe Sense of Place series. Featured in the series are Trombone Shorty, Ani DiFranco, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, David Simon, creator of the television series Treme and Dr. John. Below, watch a video of Dr. John as he takes David Dye to places in New Orleans that are important to the culture of the city. Listen to David’s interview with Dr. John on the World Cafe here. Watch all of the videos from New Orleans’ Sense of Place here.