By Lyndsey Beaulieu
This Saturday, January 12, the producers of ‘Treme’ will host its fourth annual fundraiser, “My Lil’ Darlin’ All-Star Revue.” It’s no secret that ‘Treme’ is a music show, so when it comes to fundraisers, it should come as no surprise the same holds true: It’s all about the music.
The night will boast performances by some of New Orleans legendary artists: Robert Parker of the 1965 R&B hit “Barefootin’,” Clarence “Frogman” Henry of “Ain’t Got No Home” fame, Blues guitarist Little Freddie King, vocal harmonizers The Pfister Sisters, and local favorites, Guitar Lightin’ Lee and Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, just to name a few. And because in typical New Orleans fashion anything worth doing is worth overdoing, there will be special appearances by Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew, two Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famers who collaborated on a string of hits in the 1950s and ‘60s, including “Blueberry Hill” and “Ain’t That a Shame.” The band leading the night is far from your average house band. Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show is more like an all-star jam session of New Orleans top musicians assembled to rock the house. There’s Paul Sanchez on electric guitar, Matt Perrine on bass, Alex McMurray on guitar, Jermal Watson on drums, Craig Klein and Mark Mullins on trombone, Bill Malchow on piano, and Arsene DeLay and Debbie Davis on vocals.
The proceeds from the night will be split between two local nonprofits whose mission is to preserve the musical heritage and culture of New Orleans by instilling that culture in the city’s youth. The Roots of Music provides an after-school program for at-risk youth that enriches their lives through music education, instrument instruction, and ensemble performance, all free of charge for the kids who participate. Likewise, Tipitina’s Foundation supports all that is New Orleans music through childhood music education, as well as through the professional development of adult musicians in the community. Our goal Saturday night is to make a meaningful contribution to both Roots of Music and Tipitina’s Foundation so they can continue to do the vital work of supporting the New Orleans music community and preserving one of the main things that make New Orleans, New Orleans – the music.
‘Treme’’s own musicologist, Music Supervisor Blake Leyh, sums it up best: “We’ve had great ‘Treme’ charity fundraising events in the past, but the music was playing second fiddle to the auction. Not this time – now it’s about the music. With such an incredible lineup of musical guests, this will be a night for the history books. Don’t miss it!”
For tickets and more information: http://www.tipitinas.com