It was called The Pleasure Lounge, a sophisticated name for a 19th century barn behind a house off North Ferry Road. The venue was better suited to house livestock or store lima beans — two of its past uses — than host private and not-so-private parties fueled by gut bucket New Orleans boogie, friendship, communal spirit and other accelerants. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTOS | From left: Fats Domino, Dr. John and trumpet player Dave Bartholomew (Fats songwriting partner for 68 years) at the Carver Theater during the premiere of Joe Lauro’s ‘The Big Beat’ at the New Orleans Film Festival on October 23, 2014.
Fats Domino died last weekend in Harvey, Louisiana. Over the course of his lifetime, Mr. Domino sold 60 million records and had more hits than any artist of his era, except Elvis. “Blueberry Hill,” “Ain’t That A Shame,” and “Walking To New Orleans” are just three of those hits, which is why, when he died on October 24 at 89 years old, he was remembered as a pioneer of American rock and roll and nothing short of a musical legend.
Perhaps no one would agree with that sentiment more than Joe Lauro — documentarian, film archivist, front man for the New Orleans-inspired band the HooDoo Loungers, and former Shelter Island resident. (more…)
PHOTO COURTESY HAYDEE ELLIS | COURTESY PHOTO Islander Joe Lauro, left, with Fats Domino, the subject of a documentary that aired on PBS last week.
On the final day of the 25th annual New Orleans Film Festival in October 2014, Shelter Islander Joe Lauro sat next to a musical legend, a man synonymous with the city where music is a way of life. At the Carver Theater, Mr. Lauro’s documentary “The Big Beat” — a detailed look at the rise of boogie-woogie sensation Fats Domino — was set to premiere. (more…)