Walking to New Orleans: The Music of Fats Domino
and Dave Bartholomew
Honored Rock and Roll Pioneers
CLEVELAND,OH- – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) honored Antoine “Fats” Domino and Dave Bartholomew, one of the most important partnerships in the history of rock and roll music, during the 15th annual American Music Masters® series. More than 40 members of the New Orleans music scene traveled to Cleveland for a week of events which included films, interviews and panel discussions.
Nearly 2,000 people attended the all-star tribute concert at the Palace Theater in downtown Cleveland. Performers included American Music Masters honoree and Inductee Dave Bartholomew, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Lloyd Price, Irma Thomas, The Rebirth Brass Band, Robert Parker, Toots and the Maytals and several artists from New Orleans, including vocal group the Dixie Cups (“Iko Iko,” “Chapel of Love”) and multi-instrumentalist Theresa Andersson. Dr. John and the Lower 911 were the house band for the evening. The event was sponsored by Infiniti.
Actor Wendell Pierce from the HBO television series “Treme” was the show’s emcee. Julian Bond, former Chairman of the NAACP was a special guest and read a poem he wrote in college that illustrated the importance of music in dissolving racial barriers.
Bartholomew accepted the American Music Masters award accompanied by a standing ovation. Members of Domino’s family attended the tribute and his grandson Chevis Brimmer accepted the American Music Masters award on his behalf.
For additional pictures of the tribute concert, please contact Margaret Thresher at mthresher at rockhall.org.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum 15th Annual American Music Masters SET LIST
REBIRTH BRASS BAND “Mardi Gras in New Orleans”
JAMES ANDREWS “What a Wonderful World”
JON CLEARY“Swanee River Hop”
THE DIXIE CUPS “I’m Walkin'” (with Herb Hardesty)
“Chapel of Love”
THERESA ANDERSSON “It Keeps Rainin'”
“I Want to Walk You Home”
ROBERT PARKER “I Hear You Knocking”
IRMA THOMAS “Blueberry Hill”
“Time Is on My Side”
LLOYD PRICE “Ain’t That a Shame”
“Lawdy Miss Clawdy”
REBIRTH BRASS BAND “Shrimp and Gumbo”
TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS“Be My Guest”
“Let the Four Winds Blow”
“54-46 That’s My Number”
“Blues in B Flat” (with Amadee Castenell)
“The Monkey (Speaks His Mind)” (with Castenell)
“Tenderly” (with Castenell and Hardesty)
“Who Drank My Beer While I Was in the Rear”
“The Fat Man” (with Ernest McLean)
“Blue Monday” (with McLean)
“One Night” (with McLean)
“I Can’t Go On (Rosalie)” (with McLean)
“Walking to New Orleans” (with McLean, Thomas and Price)
FULL ENSEMBLE “When the Saints Go Marching In”
About the American Music Masters® Series
Each year, the American Music Masters® series explores the legacy of a pioneering rock and roll figure in a range of events that includes Museum exhibits, lectures, films, a major conference at Case Western Reserve University and a tribute concert benefiting the Rock Hall’s education programs. Drawing together experts, artists, fans and friends, these events provide new perspectives on the most beloved and influential musicians of the past century.
The tribute concert brings together a diverse mix of artists and musical styles, and as a result, many magical moments have taken place over the years. In 2004, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss performed onstage together for the first time to honor Lead Belly. This year the pair was awarded the highest honors of Album of the Year for Raising Sand and Record of the Year for “Please Read the Letter” at the 51st annual Grammy awards. Honoree Jerry Lee Lewis, who was not scheduled to perform at the 2007 concert, was moved to take the stage at the end of the show. Lewis tenderly played the piano and sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” At the first American Music Masters tribute concert, Bruce Springsteen set the bar high and performed in honor of Woody Guthrie. The most star-studded and unique performance by a trio was Aretha Franklin, Solomon Burke and Elvis Costello paying tribute to Sam Cooke in 2005. Two years ago, a 93-year-old Les Paul took the stage with his trio and then led an epic jam with some of rock and roll’s greatest guitarists, from Jennifer Batten to Slash. In 2009, Lucinda Williams penned an original song to honor Janis Joplin.
About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.
The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 and Museum Members are always free, for information or to join the membership program call 216. 515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit http://www.rockhall.com