The pianists of New Orleans will once again be celebrated through WWOZ’s annual Piano Night, which this year marks its 30th anniversary. On Monday, April 30, the House of Blues will host the star-studded affair which will pay tribute to Fats Domino.
Performers included are Jon Cleary, Marcia Ball, Ellis Marsalis, Henry Gray, Davell Crawford, Tom McDermott, Joe Krown, Bob Seeley, David Torkanowsky, Al “Lil Fats” Jackson and John Autin. Krown, producer of Piano Night, feels the late Fats was not only an obvious, but rightful choice for the evening’s tribute. “Antoine ‘Fats’ Domino’s contribution to Rock ‘n Roll was unmatched by anyone to come out of New Orleans. He was truly a pioneer, selling more than 65 million records, which is more than every other 1950s rock pioneer except Elvis,” he says.
Piano Night offers folks a Jazz Fest-week event away from the delightful madness of festival grounds, and the combination of the city’s tricentennial and the event’s 30th anniversary promises to make this year’s installment particularly memorable.
General admission tickets on the floor are $50. Several tiers of VIP tickets, some featuring reserved seating and cuisine by Jacque-Imo’s, start at $100. Tickets are available at http://www.ticketmaster.com