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Rehrig: ‘The Tonight Show’ was an incredible experience

It was a dream come true.

So, excuse Dustin Rehrig for a moment if he had to pinch himself to make sure he wasn’t dreaming.

Rehrig and his musical partners performed live Wednesday night on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on NBC.

Rehrig, who owns Off The Charts Music School in Palmerton, as well as DDR Entertainment LLC, described how the adventure felt afterward.

“What an incredible experience we had this evening on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Rehrig said. “As a child born into a musical family, this has always been a dream to play this stage.”

Rehrig said it’s an experience he will never forget.

“To finally have this experience was overwhelming with so many emotions,” he said. “The amount of actors, actresses, bands, presidents, etc. that have walked on that same floor is just mind blowing.”

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 received the opportunity to appear in studio Wednesday night for a musical performance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Rehrig 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.

Rehrig and Hester 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.”

“We were honored to be a part of this journey with Clash of the Cover Bands that ended up rewarding us with the chance of a lifetime that none of us could have imagined,” Rehrig said.

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 included 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.

At left, Dustin Rehrig, along with his musical partners, performed live Wednesday night on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on NBC. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO