Legendary New Orleans-based performer Dr. John has some European touring plans for his summer vacation, but luckily for us, he’s decided to head back to the United States later on in the year. He’ll start his Stateside jaunt on June 15 at the Chicago Blues Festival in, well, Chicago, and then move to Norfolk, VA’s Bayou Boogaloo. After a few more European shows, Dr. John will visit Columbus, OH; Pittsburgh, PA; New York, NY; Saratoga, CA; Galveston, TX; Portsmouth, NH; Burlington, VT; and Kansas City, MO before wrapping the whole thing up on December 6 at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles, CA. For ticketing information, visit Dr. John’s website.

Born Malcolm John “Mac” Rennack, Jr., Dr. John (which is, frankly, easier to pronounce) got his start as a session musician in the late 1950s. He’s well-known for his innovative music, which combines elements of blues, pop, jazz, zydeco, boogie woogie, and rock, and his crazy stage shows, full of costumes and voodoo ceremonies. He’s recorded over 20 albums, scoring a Top 20 hit with 1973’s “Right Place, Wrong Time.” Known for his ties to New Orleans, Dr. John has won six Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. In 2013, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Tulane University.

Dr. John Tour Dates

Dr. John Video for “Such A Night”