The show, of course, had a funky New Orleans theme and guest musicians that included Ivan Neville, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Irma Thomas, the famous voice of New Orleans, Davell Crawford, and, last but not least, Nicholas Payton.
The house was electric from the start, as Dr. John and company began the show by walking through the audience, dancing to the New Orleans sound as they worked their way to the stage.
It was that kind of night where everyone there knew they were witnessing something special.
Dr. Johns included David Barard on bass, Alonzo Bowens on tenor sax, Bobby Campo on trumpet, Ronnie Cuber on baritone sax, John Fohl on guitar, Sarah Morrow on trombone, Kenneth Williams on percussion, and Raymond Weber on drums.
The combination of all these great players was something rare to see.
Dr. John has been doing a series of concerts at BAM with different themes leading up to the gala performance
The gala was elegant and held under a makeshift tent erected for the occasion. It proved that Brooklyn has become a major epicenter for the arts, with the center being BAM and its old but beautifully renovated main stage.
Debra Messing and John Turturro were a few of the stars who attended the event, joining, of course, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.