This week in Hiding in Plain Sight, we’re exploring the streets and street art of Central City. Central City and Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard (OCH) are both essential cultural icons of New Orleans. OCH, in the late 19th and 20th, centuries was a center of rapid commercial growth and was home to a diverse population, and during the 1960’s, Central City jump-started the Civil Rights Movement in New Orleans. OCH and Central City in recent years have seen a resurgence post-Katrina, supported by cultural institutions, new businesses and street art. This is the second part to our ongoing series that guides you on a tour of New Orleans’s best murals, neighborhood by neighborhood.
“Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around every once in a while, you could miss it,” Farris Bueller, Farris Bueller’s Day Off.
“An Ode to Dr. John” by MTO
Location: Corner of Dryades and Toledano
You may recognize the work of French Artist MTO from his piece on the front of Gasa Gasa or in the Marigny. Just in time for Dr. John’s birthday, he’s given us another beautiful mural to stop and admire.
« An ode to Dr John »
Malcolm John Rebennack (born November 21, 1940), better known by his stage name Dr. John, is an American singer and songwriter. His music combines blues, pop, jazz, boogie woogie and rock and roll.
Active as a session musician since the late 1950s, he gained a cult following in the late 1960s following the release of his album Gris-Gris and his appearance at the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music. He performed a wildly theatrical stage show inspired by medicine shows, Mardi Gras costumes and voodoo ceremonies. Rebennack has recorded more than 20 albums and in 1973 scored a top-10 hit with “Right Place, Wrong Time”.
The winner of six Grammy Awards, Rebennack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by singer John Legend on March 14, 2011. In May 2013, Rebennack was the recipient of an honorary doctorate of fine arts from Tulane University. (…)
Dr John on Wikipedia : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._John
Mural facilitated by @nolamuralproject
Visible at the corner of Dryades str. and Toledano str.
70115, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
MTO on IG : @mtograff