John the Martyr. Photo by Patrick Dunford

John the Martyr to rock rare New Orleans show for Habitat for Humanity

Comprised of three New Orleans natives, the New York City based big soul band John the Martyr hardly ever plays here. Kyle Ridley, Dustin Di Salvo and Chris Hines will, however, return home on September 1 to play a very special one-off show.

Tipitina’s will host John the Martyr for the homecoming event, which will donate proceeds to Habitat for Humanity. The relief organization played an integral role in reshaping the band members’ lives following Hurricane Katrina, and all three members are eager to give back. Described as a “mix of old-fashioned Harlem soul power and next generation New Orleans sounds,” John the Martyr has grown to include an eleven-piece ensemble representing a swath of international styles including Japanese, German and Canadian.

The band will be joined on September 1 by Big Easy Brawlers. Doors open at 9 p.m. for the 18+ show. Advance tickets are $20 and available here or at Tip’s box office.