Who: Dr. John and the Nite Trippers, Amy Helm
What: City Parks Foundation SummerStage
When: Saturday, August 1, free, 2:00 - 7:00
Where: Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
Why: New Orleans comes to Central Park when Dr. John and his band, the Nite Trippers, play a free show at Rumsey Playfield on August 1. The relentlessly touring good doctor is on the road in support of his latest album, last summer’s Ske-Dat-De-Dat . . . The Spirit of Satch, which consists of unique versions of such standards as “What a Wonderful World,” “Mack the Knife,” “I’ve Got the World on a String,” “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” and “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen.” In 1999, we saw the master pianist take the stage on a scorching hot July 4 in Battery Park, wearing a pristine white suit. Several times, the audience had to be hosed down because of the heat, but Dr. John simply kept going with his rousing set, not the slightest hint of sweat appearing on his stunning personage. Opening up for the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is Amy Helm, who is a lot more than just the daughter of Levon Helm and Libby Titus, having just released her debut album, Didn’t It Rain (Entertainment One, July 24), featuring such tracks as “Rescue Me,” “Roll Away,” and the title song. Oh, and ask us offline some time about our favorite Dr. John story, which we can’t share here.