Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Upcoming (in NoLa): The Domino Effect, a Star-Studded Tribute to Fats Domino

see also: Revel With a Cause

An extravagant tribute concert to honor Fats Domino doubles as a fundraising boon for the Brees Dream Foundation — and the final push to fulfill a two-year-old promise.

The Domino Effect: May 30 at New Orleans Arena
New Orleans Benefit Concert to feature B.B. King, Chuck Berry
Little Richard, Wyclef Jean, Keb' Mo', Taj Mahal & Junior Brown

For more than half a century, Riley "B.B." King has defined the blues for audiences the world over. In that time, King has developed one of the world's most identifiable guitar sounds with the aid of his beloved guitar, Lucille and entranced millions with his deep and expressive voice.

Chuck Berry's music, lyrics, and devil-may-care spirit have made an indelible impression on millions of people, including such legends as the Beatles and Rolling Stones. He celebrated the birth of rock and roll in 1955 and remains, to this day, one of its most electrifying performers.

Little Richard is the originator, the emancipator, and the architect of rock and roll. Exploding into the American consciousness in the mid-'50s...awop-bop-a-loo-mop-alop-bam-boom.... he helped lay the foundation and establish the rules for a new musical form that would come to be known as rock and roll.

The music of culture-mashers, Ozomatli is a notorious urban-Latino-and-beyond collision of hip hop and salsa, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, East LA R&B and New Orleans second line, Jamaican reggae and Indian raga. Ozomatli has the unique ability to take you around the world without leaving your seat.

Haitian-born Wyclef Jean is a Grammy Award-winning musician/producer, social activist, Goodwill Ambassador, and diplomat for positive cultural evolution. Wyclef is a founding member of hip-hop sensation the Fugees as well as a prolific solo artist.

Junior Brown is an American country guitarist and singer whose work is a mix of traditional and alternative country with accents of blues and Hawaiian steel with surf-style instrumentation. He is well known for his stringed creations, such as his "guit-steel," a double-necked guitar that marries a traditional six-string on top with a full lap steel on the bottom.

Taj Mahal is an internationally recognized blues musician who folds the worldly sounds of the Caribbean, Africa, and the South Pacific into his personal style. He is a self-taught singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose mediums include the guitar, banjo, harmonica and more.

Keb' Mo' is an American musician known for his songwriting and vocal stylings as well as his proficiency with the guitar, banjo, and keyboard. Though primarily a blues artist, his wide-ranging talents have lead him to venture into genres as varied as gospel and calypso in his long and rich career.

About The Domino Effect

The Domino Effect is a star-studded tribute concert celebrating the life and influence of rock and roll legend Fats Domino. Musical legends from far and wide are gathering in New Orleans for one historic night to pay tribute to Fats and his feats throughout his lifetime. A portion of the proceeds from this music extravaganza will benefit the Brees Dream Foundation bettering local playgrounds and outdoor recreation sites for the children of New Orleans.

About The Brees Dream Foundation

Since 2007, The Brees Dream Foundation has contributed more than $1.65 million to the New Orleans community as part of its partnership with Operation Kids. Drew and Brittany Brees are committed philanthropists to the city of New Orleans and are a vital part of the rebirth and revitalization of the city's youth.

About The Producers

Illuminated Entertainment LLC (IEG) and its partner Rozone Productions LLC (RPI) managed by David E. Rosen promotes elite music events at a wide range of venues across the country. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, "The Live Music Capital of the World", the company is firmly positioned within the epicenter of cutting edge, traditional and talented live musicians and artists.

Often partnering with 501(c)(3) philanthropic organizations, IEG and RPI work to create awareness of a community's needs, whether in a city, a region, or an entire country, IEG and RPI support these 501(c)(3) by donating portions of the proceeds from their scheduled events.

One of the primary missions of IEG / RPI is to provide the patrons, business colleagues, and artists it collaborates with an experience that is substantially more rewarding than that of our competitors. This uncompromising approach is the bedrock and soul of our success.

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