In Memoriam

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

"All Fats Day": New Orleans says goodbye to Fats Domino with immense second line

Posted By on Wed, Nov 1, 2017 at 11:00 PM

PHOTO BY ALEX WOODWARD
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A sign bobbing above the sea of captain's hats and blue and white outfits declared Nov. 1 "All Fats Day" for "St. Antoine of the Lower Nine."

From Vaughan's Lounge in Bywater to the gates of his black-and-yellow landmark on Caffin Avenue in the Lower 9th Ward, an enormous crowd joined a second line parade honoring rock 'n' roll legend and New Orleans icon Antoine "Fats" Domino, who died Oct. 24 at age 89.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Second line for Fats Domino set for Nov. 1

Posted By on Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 11:30 AM

Friends and fans left bouquets, notes, records, signs and candles outside Fats Domino's old house on Caffin Avenue Oct. 25. The artist died Oct. 24. - PHOTO BY ALEX WOODWARD
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  • Friends and fans left bouquets, notes, records, signs and candles outside Fats Domino's old house on Caffin Avenue Oct. 25. The artist died Oct. 24.

A second line honoring Fats Domino will begin in Bywater and head to his famously black-and-yellow house on Caffin Avenue. James Andrews and the Crescent City Allstars will lead musicians in the procession.

The second line meets at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1 at Vaughan's Lounge (4229 Dauphine St.) and parades down St. Claude Avenue to Domino's former home at 1208 Caffin Ave., then it returns to Vaughan's for a memorial party and tribute performance.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

"We love you": Fats Domino tributes and reactions from artists and officials

Posted By on Wed, Oct 25, 2017 at 3:10 PM

PHOTO BY SYNDEY BYRD
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Louisiana officials and artists and fans from New Orleans and around the world are mourning the loss of Fats Domino, an architect of rock 'n' roll and the foundation of New Orleans rhythm and blues.

Domino died Oct. 24. He was 89.

Read tributes from Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Gov. John Bel Edwards and artists from Aaron Neville to Brian Wilson to Little Richard below.

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RIP Fats Domino

Posted By on Wed, Oct 25, 2017 at 10:55 AM

PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
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Updated to include a statement from the Domino family.

Rock 'n' roll and rhythm and blues legend Antoine "Fats" Domino has died. He was 89.

With his signature rolling piano sound and longtime producer and collaborator Dave Bartholomew, Domino helped build the foundation for New Orleans R&B and inspired dozens of rock 'n' roll artists, including Elvis Presley and The Beatles, who often publicly credited Domino for his far-reaching, immeasurable influence on pop music.

A statement from the Domino family reads, "We are all touched by the outpouring of love and tribute for our father. He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by those he loved and those who loved him. His music reached across all boundaries and carried him to all corners of the world."

Born Feb. 26, 1928 as one of nine siblings, Domino learned to play piano by listening to records and with the help of his brother-in-law Harrison Verrett. Domino dropped out of school and performed in clubs like the Hideaway and other New Orleans venues, where he was discovered by Bartholomew, beginning a partnership that ushered in the bible of the New Orleans sound.

The lifelong New Orleanian famously lived on Caffin Avenue in the Lower 9th Ward through most of his life and through Hurricane Katrina. In 1999, Domino gave a rare career-spanning interview from his home with Gambit's then-staff music writer Scott Jordan, who talked with Domino about his early life, his inspirations, influence, and New Orleans.

"The people in New Orleans are so nice, and the cooking's good," he told Gambit. "If you want you a little drink, you can get it. Or if you want something to eat, you can cook what you want, and get all kind of seasonings. It's just the atmosphere. There's something about New Orleans, and I've been all over . But I'm always glad when I get home."

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Black Men of Labor second line Oct. 22 to celebrate the life of Deborah Cotton

Posted By on Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 5:26 PM

Deborah "Big Red" Cotton with the Black Men of Labor.
  • Deborah "Big Red" Cotton with the Black Men of Labor.

The annual Black Men of Labor second line this Sunday will salute and celebrate the life of Deborah "Big Red" Cotton, the community activist and Gambit second line correspondent who died in May as a result of injuries she suffered in the 2013 Mother's Day second line shooting.

The parade will line up at Sweet Lorraine's Jazz Club at 2 p.m. and step off promptly at 3 p.m., making stops in Treme and the 7th Ward.

As Deb would say: show up and holla for ya girl.
Location Details Sweet Lorraine's Jazz Club
1931 St. Claude Ave.
Faubourg Marigny
New Orleans, LA
(504) 945-9654
Louisiana Contemporary and Bar

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tony the truck stop tiger euthanized after 17 years as Grosse Tete attraction

Posted By on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 11:00 AM

click image PHOTO BY JANUSZ SOBOLEWSKI
  • PHOTO BY JANUSZ SOBOLEWSKI

Tony — a 17 year-old Siberian Bengal tiger — has died, after living his life as a Grosse Tete truck stop attraction at the center of a controversial legal battle over his ownership and life in Louisiana.

According to a statement from the Tiger Truck Stop website, Tony was euthanized Oct. 16 after exhibiting "typical signs that death was imminent" to "prevent Tony from suffering." The statement says Tony will be "preserved through taxidermy" following an autopsy.

Tony had lived at the truck stop since January 2001, when the tiger was six months old. "Tony knew many of the regular visitors to his Grosse Tete home and was known for
rubbing against the bars of his enclosure and 'chuffing' to those he liked," the statement said.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Second line and rally to commemorate 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Posted By on Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 11:05 AM

Mardi Gras Indians participated in a healing ceremony at the site of the Lower 9th Ward levee breach during the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. - PHOTO BY ALEX WOODWARD
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  • Mardi Gras Indians participated in a healing ceremony at the site of the Lower 9th Ward levee breach during the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Update: The event has been postponed to Sunday, Sept. 3 due to rain from Tropical Storm Harvey.

A memorial march will transform into a second line as it moves from the Lower 9th Ward to the 7th Ward on the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures.

Hip Hop Caucus, New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation, Nuthin But Fire Records, Q93.3-FM, People’s Climate Music, social aid and pleasure clubs and other community groups host the event beginning 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Editorial: After Charlottesville

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 6:09 PM

Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 12, 2017. - CREATIVE COMMONS/ANTHONY CRIDER
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  • Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 12, 2017.

Watching the images and hearing the words out of Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend was depressing, sickening, infuriating — and necessary. Necessary because the country got a good look at the people who call themselves the “alt-right,” which is their sanitized term for neo-Nazis, white supremacists, Klansmen and other haters who feel emboldened in America today. It’s also necessary because some of them are planning similar rallies in Boston, San Francisco and elsewhere in the coming days and weeks.

Some of the malefactors who caused harm in Charlottesville also were in New Orleans during the weeks surrounding the hotly contested removal of four Confederate monuments. It’s easy to say New Orleans was lucky it didn’t have the chaos and death that marked Charlottesville, but it was more than luck. It was planning.

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Rene Brunet Jr., theater owner and passionate film enthusiast, dies at 95

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 5:51 PM

Rene Brunet, proprietor of the Prytania Theater, photographed in the theater's projection room in 2014. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
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  • Rene Brunet, proprietor of the Prytania Theater, photographed in the theater's projection room in 2014.

Rene Brunet Jr., who spent his life running New Orleans movie houses, was a familiar face at the Prytania Theatre, which he bought in 1996. Brunet died Thursday. He was 95.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Crowd in New Orleans holds vigil for Charlottesville victims

Posted By on Sat, Aug 12, 2017 at 9:40 PM

Candles at the base of the former Lee Circle monument Aug. 12 to support victims in Charlottesville.
  • Candles at the base of the former Lee Circle monument Aug. 12 to support victims in Charlottesville.

As sun set over New Orleans Aug. 12, a few dozen people lined the base of the former Robert E. Lee monument in New Orleans with tea light candles. A crowd gathered for a vigil to support victims of an attack against counter protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white supremacists staged a violent rally following the city's decision to remove the city's Lee monument earlier this year.

A driver rammed their car through a crowd of counter protesters in Charlottesville and killed a 32-year-old woman and injured at least 19 others. Graphic video from multiple sources was shared widely, showing a Dodge Challenger speeding into a crowd and reversing at high speed. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency as violence continued, urging "white supremacists and the Nazis" to "go home."

Flanking the base of what was once Lee's New Orleans pedestal were two banners: "End White Supremacy" and "Stand With C-Ville."

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