Iconic New Orleans music venue Tipitina’s is hosting a livestream benefit show this weekend to help raise funds as the coronavirus pandemic has paused live music, and subsequently the venue business.
Trent Reznor, Phish’s Mike Gordon and Tedeschi Trucks Band have been added to the star-studded lineup, which includes previously announced performers Galactic, Willie Nelson, Widespread Panic, Jon Batiste & Stay Human featuring Trombone Shorty, the Revivalists, Big Freedia, Billy Strings, Tank & the Bangas, Preservation Hall Jazz Band featuring Allen Toussaint, The Radiators featuring Gregg Allman, Dumpstaphunk, Ivan Neville, the Soul Rebels, Dinosaur Jr., Funky Meters, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Dr. John, Manu Chao, St. Paul & the Broken Bones and more.
The three-hour show will also feature backstage stories about the venue. Additionally, fans can also enter to win prizes by donating prior to the show via Fandiem. The “Save Tip’s” free event will stream on Tipitina’s official website on Saturday, November 14 at 9 p.m. ET.
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 influential composer and pianist 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 despite changing ownership and briefly closing in 1984. In December 2018, Tipitina’s was purchased by the members of the New Orleans-based band Galactic from the previous owners, who had owned the venue since 1997.
Many of the Crescent City’s most beloved artists developed and continue to grace the stage at Tipitina’s including Dr. John, the Neville Brothers, the Meters, Cowboy Mouth, the Radiators, Galactic, Better Than Ezra, and Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. Tipitina’s has been fortunate over its history to host national artists including Wilco, Nine Inch Nails, Pearl Jam, Lenny Kravitz, Bonnie Raitt, James Brown, Widespread Panic, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tim McGraw, Goo Goo Dolls, Parliament Funkadelic, Robert Cray, Patti Smith, Willie Nelson, Buddy Guy, Dresden Dolls, and Medeski, Martin & Wood.
Many historic live recordings were made at the venue by artists including Professor Longhair, Tuts Washington, Dr. John, the Neville Brothers, Anders Osborne, Kermit Ruffins, Galactic, Kim Carson, Wet Willie and Flow Tribe. As a timeless musical institution, Tipitina’s has promoted unforgettable music over its rich history and will continue to well into the future.
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