The Mississippi Hill Country will meet the Big Easy on the Cedar Street Social Club’s stage when guitarist Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars, The Black Crowes) will join drummer Johnny Vidacovich (Professor Longhair, Bobby McFerrin) for a live collaboration (tickets available here).
Some 15 years ago, Dickinson says he regularly joined Vidacovich and George Porter Jr. for a weekly collaborative effort at the iconic Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans. Dickinson remembers these early shows as developing his skills on improvisation, learning powerful dynamic techniques and honing the ability to take a free-form path through each song. Dickinson also developed a musical bond with Vidacovich, who he fondly refers to as his “soul brother.”
“It was really the first situation that I ever got into where there was no setlist,” Dickinson said. “It was the first freestyle gigs that I ever did, and he would bring tunes, and I would bring tunes. Johnny and George taught me how to be in the moment and let the improvisation just flow. Johnny taught me how to loosen up. I learned to play quieter and more spacious.”
Dickinson says the shows with Vidacovich tend to be a musical “meeting of the minds” with each contributing songs and getting “funky and spacey” with an overload of dynamics. Buy tickets early, with Dickinson’s following in the Azalea City, tickets might sell out.
“I love walking around Mobile,” he proclaimed. “It’s just such a hip community of creative folks. I get such a good vibe hanging out in Mobile.”
Band: Luther Dickinson & Johnny Vidacovich
Date: Thursday, Jan. 10, 8 p.m.
Venue: Cedar Street Social Club, 4 N. Cedar St. (Mobile), cedarstreetsocialclub.com
Tickets: $15 ($35 for VIP) available through Eventbrite