At Bonnaroo this year, at the last day of the fest, one of the hottest collaborations was public knowledge. The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach joined NOLA legend Dr. John in a slot on the schedule appropriately called Superjam. And it was better than super. It's what every festival should aspire to organize.
My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan helped back the big band, which was aided by a pair of serious songbirds, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a seasoned rock ensemble and an enormous back catalog of Dr. John tracks, blues and jazz standards and classic New Orleans sass.
It was a jam in the true sense that there was a general setlist and plenty of time for adjustment between songs, where Auerbach's high guitar volume level and John's sunglasses-cool presence were the only common denominators track-to-track. Smiles abounded, there was no required banter. The two stunned with a dual-take on "St. James Infirmary" and the good doctor took us back to the '60s with "I Walk on Guilded Splinters." A thousand hearts broke to the bluesy umph of "There's a Break In the Road" and the rompy scoundrel “Black John the Conqueror.”