HL Does NOLA from A to Z: TIPITINA’SPosted: April 23, 2016
T is for Tipitina’s, the perfect Big Easy spot to enjoy local and touring music acts and make a difference in the lives of young and not-so-young New Orleans musicians. Here’s a little background on Tipitina’s from the venue’s website:
Tipitina’s began as a neighborhood juke joint, established in 1977, by a group of young music fans (The Fabulous Fo’teen) to provide a place for Professor Longhair to perform in his final years. The venue, named for one of Longhair’s most enigmatic recordings “Tipitina,” has survived in an ever-changing musical climate. In the past three decades, Tipitina’s has grown from a small, neighborhood bar into an international music icon. The venue has expanded into a two-story music venue located at the famed corner of Napoleon and Tchoupitoulas.
A portion of the proceeds from the venue are donated to Tipitina’s Foundation to support childhood music education, the professional development of adult musicians, and the increased profile and viability of Louisiana music as a cultural, educational, and economic resource.
On April 25, the Tipitina’s Foundation presents its 15th Annual Instruments A Comin’ fundraiser. Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase new musical instruments for New Orleans-area school band programs. The evening begins with a free family-friendly outdoor street party, silent auction, and battle of the bands between two of our very best high school marching bands.
The latest honorees will be inducted into the Tipitina’s Foundation Wall of Fame and Walk of Fame. Then the party moves inside for a special fundraising concert. And who knows? Maybe one day a student who gets an instrument provided from that fundraiser will wind up on the Tipitina’s Foundation Wall of Fame or Walk of Fame. Good music for a good cause: that ought to make an evening at Tipitina’s tops on your list of things to do in New Orleans.
This post is part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Please click here for a link to the challenge homepage and a list of the bloggers who are participating. The A to Z Challenge takes a break on Sundays, but I’ll be back on Monday for the final week of our New Orleans tour. Where oh where will we go for U, V, W, X, Y, and Z?