Jon Batiste with The Dap-Kings

This spring and summer, Jon Batiste — acclaimed musician and bandleader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert — will perform for the first time ever with The Dap-Kings for a limited number of festival appearances. The Dap-Kings, house band for the Brooklyn soul label Daptone Records and longtime groove behind Sharon Jones, will back up Batiste, playing music inspired by New Orleans soul, Allen Toussaint and more. Gabriel Roth from The Dap-Kings confirms, “We are thrilled to be returning to the stage and could not have found a more fitting collaborator than Jon, with whom we share a deep love and respect for New Orleans musical roots. He's a distinctly talented dude with a rare feel for that music, and we can't wait to tear up these tunes together.”

During rehearsals, Batiste states, “Thank God for funk and soul music — and The Dap-Kings. I’m suspect of anyone who isn’t moved by their live show! It reminds me of how my father and extended family presented this music when I was a kid. Now The Dap-Kings and I bring our collective experiences to the table. This is major.”


Jon Batiste is an internationally acclaimed musician, bandleader and composer. Born into a long lineage of New Orleans musicians, Batiste is a graduate of the Juilliard School with a master’s degree. After graduating, he toured globally with his band Stay Human and currently appears nightly on national television as the bandleader and musical director for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Jon is a Forbes 30 under 30 honoree, Musical Director for The Atlantic and Creative Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. He balances a demanding performance schedule with speaking engagements, curating events, occasional acting and producing opportunities, all while relentlessly composing new music. His latest album Social Music, spent over a month atop the Billboard and iTunes jazz charts as the No. 1 jazz album in the world. Jon’s mission is to share his faith, hope and love with the world around him.


GRAMMY-nominated group, The Dap-Kings, are the powerhouse band behind the soul legend Sharon Jones and the band on Amy Winehouse’s GRAMMY-winning, multiplatinum album Back to Black. They have also been the house band for many TV shows, radio shows and live special events — including events from ESPN, the NFL, NPR and NBC — and have played with the National Symphony Orchestra and the L.A. Philharmonic for events at the Kennedy Center and the Hollywood Bowl. Members of the band have collaborated with and recorded on albums by iconic artists across various genres including Al Green, David Byrne, Sturgill Simpson, Kesha, Sam Smith, Quincy Jones, Ghostface Killah, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, John Legend, and Michael Buble.

Jon Batiste and The Dap-Kings Festival Tour Poster