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Dustin Rehrig, ‘Karen as Dolly’ to perform on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

The owner of a Palmerton music school and his musical partners are scheduled to appear Wednesday on national television.

Dustin Rehrig, along with his musical partners will perform live Wednesday on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” The show airs at 11:35 p.m. on NBC.

Rehrig, along with “Karen as Dolly,” were announced on last month’s finale as the winner of the popular music competition series “Clash of the Cover Bands.”

They netted a cash prize of $10,000, $25,000 Ultimate Cover Band Prize Money, and will appear in studio tonight for a musical performance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Rehrig, who owns Off The Charts Music School in Palmerton, as well as DDR Entertainment LLC, and Karen Hester, who portrays Dolly Parton, battled against “Blown Away: A Tribute to Carrie Underwood” on the Dec. 8 episode on the E! Network. The two met about eight years ago when he found her on YouTube.

Rehrig plays drums and Hester portrays Dolly Parton. The band includes brothers Jayme Lewis, bass player, and Jason Lewis on guitar, with Alfred Sheppard on piano.

He said the opportunity came through Jimmy Fallon Productions, who is executive producer of “Clash of the Cover Bands,” a tribute show that features tribute cover bands around the country.

Twenty bands began the competition.

Rehrig said the show, shot at CBS Studios in Hollywood, was similar to “American Idol” and “The Voice.”

He said the win was “definitely my Christmas present.”

The show was hosted by Stephen “tWitch” Boss with Meghan Trainor, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriters Adam Lambert and Ester Dean were celebrity judges.

“Clash of the Cover Bands” brings together the best of the best cover bands from across the country to celebrate music and the art of performance across all genres. In each of the 10 episodes, two bands of similar musical genre (e.g., Pop Divas, ’80s icons, kings of country, platinum icons, rock legends, etc.) go head-to-head over the course of two rounds to see which band has the most entertaining cover performance.

Artists covered this season include Aretha Franklin, Blink 182, Bon Jovi, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Celine Dion, Cher, Coldplay, Depeche Mode, Dolly Parton, Elton John, Foo Fighters, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Lady Gaga, Ozzy Osbourne, Poison, Tim McGraw, Tina Turner and U2.

The series was produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group, and Electric Hot Dog with Jimmy Fallon, Jim Juvonen, Natasha Brugler and Kelley Parker serving as executive producers.

Dustin Rehrig, along with Karen as Dolly, will perform live Wednesday on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” The shows airs at 11:35 p.m. on NBC. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO