Playing the event as a fundraiser for the Friends of the Cabildo (FOC) and the first of five concerts at the Mint for the FOC, Cleary has studied the musical culture and life of New Orleans. Cleary, a native of England, has played with musical greats such as Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal and B.B. King. Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen have played the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival as well as the popular festival Bonnaroo. Cleary will be performing at the Old U.S. Mint as a solo act.