NOLA: Goin' Home | 09.29 & 09.30

Words & Images by: Dino Perrucci

Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino :: 09.29.07 :: Tipitina's :: New Orleans, LA
Congo Square Rhythms Festival :: 09.30.07 :: Congo Square :: New Orleans, LA

On September 29 and 30, New Orleans remembered two key elements of its rich musical history.

Henry Butler :: 09.29 :: New Orleans, LA
On Saturday the 29, Tipitina's hosted a CD release party for Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino. As previously reported on JamBase, the double CD set was released on September 25 to rave reviews. The party at Tipitina's opened with a performance by Walter 'Wolfman' Washington and the Roadmasters. New Orleans Soul Queen Irma Thomas joined them for a few songs including "I Just Can't Get New Orleans Off My Mind" from the tribute album. For the next few sets a baby grand piano was placed center stage. First up, David Egan (piano) and Warren Storm (drums, vocals) from Lil' Band O' Gold performed a short set. Next up, Henry Butler gave a brilliant solo piano set, followed by more of the same from Jon Cleary. The final and longest set by far was reserved for Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk with a parade of New Orleans' finest taking guest turns during their set including Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Jon Cleary (on guitar!), Big Sam Williams and Poppa Funk himself, Art Neville.

While Fats Domino did not perform he did make a brief appearance that night, basking in all the love that was sent his way. Fats Domino is unquestionably one of the greatest living musical treasures of New Orleans. Thanks to the efforts of the Tipitina's Foundation and their new Tribute CD, Mr. Domino's songs are being heard by a whole new generation of music lovers. To quote Lenny Kravitz from the album notes, "We love you Fats Domino!"

Dumpstaphunk with Jon Cleary
Jon Cleary
Henry Butler
David Egan
Fats Domino with Zigaboo Modeliste & Wife Kathy
Art Neville
Tony Hall - Dumpstaphunk
Irma Thomas
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
Walter 'Wolfman' Washington

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