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Musical tribute to honor Fats Domino, Dave Bartholomew

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

The iconic collaboration between Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew sold over 200 million records and racked up over three dozen top 40 hits. Despite the numbers, there was no venue in the duo's hometown of New Orleans that was dedicated to preserving the quintessential sound.

Actor, director and co-creator Lucky Johnson decided to change that with "Walking to New Orleans," a musical tribute to the New Orleans natives. 

"This is a labor of love that is long overdue because I want to make sure that subsequent generations of musicians can experience the same profound impact from these musical legends that I did," Johnson said. "It took months of research, countless auditions and numerous conversations with family members to ensure that this tribute contained the authenticity and credibility worthy of two men who literally forever changed the face of music." 


HBO Music Director and CEO of Bang'n Records and Dave Bartholomew's son, Don Bartholomew, will help Johnson maintain the integrity and historical accuracy of the undertaking. The Vegas-style show, which debuts Sept. 3, will be every Thursday through Sunday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Carver Theater. All ages are welcome to attend.

The tribute show won't use impersonators. Instead, nearly a dozen of the best musicians in the country will take the stage to recreate the sounds of Domino and Bartholomew. Performers include Al "Lil Fats" Jackson and Shamarr Allen. 

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