Friends! Regrettably, we have to cancel the Jon Cleary performance due to flight cancellations as a result of the Nor' Easter. We will reschedule as soon as we can!
EARLY SHOW 7:30pm (6:30pm doors)
LATE SHOW 10pm (9:15 doors)
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Grammy-winning recording artist, Jon Cleary celebrates Bar LunÀtico's Third Anniversary with two concerts in one night! Jon's appearance here back in 2015 was an early defining moment for us. You can expect a few creole specials to augment our dinner menu!
While thoroughly steeped in the classic Crescent City keyboard canon – from Jelly Roll Morton to Fats Domino to Art Neville, James Booker, and beyond – Jon uses that century’s worth of pianistic brilliance as a point of departure to forge his own unique and eclectic style. His sound incorporates such far-flung influences as ‘70s soul, gospel music, funk, Afro-Caribbean (and especially Afro-Cuban) rhythms and more. “I love New Orleans R&B, “ Cleary explains. “I’m a student of it – and a fan, first and foremost. But there’s little point in just going back and re-recording the old songs – although on my live solo shows, especially in New Orleans, I make a point of trying to keep the fast- disappearing tradition of the R&B pianist/singer alive by playing the old songs that are in danger of being forgotten. As for recording, however, I think the greatest New Orleans R&B records are the ones that built on what went before but also added something new. By writing new songs you get to channel all the music you absorb through your own individual set of filters – and the fun is in seeing what emerges.”
Aside from his solo career, Jon is known for recording and touring with Taj Mahal, John Scofield, Dr. John and, most notably, Bonnie Raitt. As a songwriter, he has written and co-written songs with and for Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal and the decade that he spent working with Raitt inspired her to unabashedly dub Cleary “the ninth wonder of the world.”