An exciting sidebar to our recent trip to New Orleans (see previous blog) concerns the Museum’s partnering with the Louisiana Museum system to assist in the restoration of one of Fats Domino’s pianos. As most know, Mr. Domino lost virtually everything because of the flooding from Katrina. This included his pianos.
The remains of one is on display at the Cabildo in New Orleans’ Jackson Square as part of the exhibit Unsung Heroes: The Secret History of Louisiana Rock ‘n’ Roll. A second one is about to be restored and used as a performance instrument in a new exhibit. Sam Rykels, Director, informed us that they were looking for the financial support to put the piano back in playing condition. We felt that this was an excellent opportunity for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to help out and start to forge a relationship with this wonderful institution in the city which is the cradle of the music that we celebrate.
As the project progresses, we’ll keep everyone informed, so stay tuned.