Workers at the Fair Grounds said that they anticipated record crowds on Saturday because of the mild weather, for a day that ends with widely divergent acts on the big stages: singer Elton John on the Acura stage, rapper T.I. on the Congo Square stage, British singer Ed Sheeran on the Gentilly stage.
Early this morning, pianist and singer Davell Crawford posted some thoughts about his highly anticipated 1:40 p.m. Acura Stage show this afternoon, “To Fats With Love,” a tribute to Fats Domino, who was friends with Crawford’s grandfather, the legendary singer James “Sugar Boy” Crawford.
“Last night I visited Fats for about an hour,” Crawford wrote. They talked about his grandfather and about the days when Domino, a whiz in the kitchen, cooked crawfish bisque and hogshead cheese for young Crawford. “He and I both sang songs while I played piano: we even sang my grandfather’s song, “Jock-A-Mo,” and some of Fats hits...”Blue Monday,” “Ain’t That a Shame,” “Blueberry Hill,” and – by special request from him – Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti.”
After each song, Crawford wrote, Domino would look at him, smile and say what he’d always said: “That's good!”
I am humbled and filled gratitude to have the love, care and blessings of Fats Domino in my life. My memories with Fats are still so very vivid and still extremely personal. At this time, I've chosen to share my friendship with him in the form of music...his music!"