TVD Recommends: Mad Dogs & Englishmen, A New Orleans Tribute to Joe Cocker at One Eyed Jacks, 3/27

We’ve been losing the greats from the 1960s in droves lately. Joe Cocker left an indelible mark on the world of music due to his effervescent stage persona, gravelly vocals, and passionate performances. Amazingly, this legendary performer is not in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, yet his parody on Saturday Night Live—by none other than John Belushi—is one of the most famous sketches from the early years of the groundbreaking show .

This Friday night at One Eyed Jacks, an all-star group of New Orleans musicians will honor the man and celebrate his life and music by performing his epic 1970 live album, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, in its entirety. This tribute is taking place on the 45th anniversary of the Fillmore East concert.

Speculation abounds about why he has been snubbed by the secretive organization since first becoming eligible in 1994. Though he didn’t write his own material, his interpretations of classics from the era, now so in vogue on shows like American Idol, literally define the word. Don’t even get me started on his performance energy.

So, New Orleans musicians will do what they do best when it comes to interpreting great artists.

The band features Chris Mule, Mark Mullins, Brint Anderson, Mike Burkhart, Margie Perez, Marc Paradis, Marc Stone, Dana Abbott, Micah McKee, Josh Paxton, Lucas Davenport, Arsene DeLay, Colin Davis, Taylor Mills, Will Thompson, Scott Jackson, Brad Walker, Marc Levron, Amy Trail, Jamie St. Pierre, plus more special guests.

There will also be a pre-party and fundraiser called, “Mad Dogs for NOLA Dogs” to benefit ARNO (Animal Relief New Orleans) at NOLa MADE Gallery 708 Toulouse St. The event will include food and beverages by local sponsors, an art market, raffle, silent auction, dog and cat adoption and volunteer sign up opportunities. There will also be performances by The Quickening and some of the tribute band members, who will also be meeting, greeting and signing CDs and posters.

The benefit begins at 6 PM. The show follows at 10 PM.

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