A Music Hall Created For One Musician:
Tipitina's was founded in 1977 as an Uptown neighborhood joint by the "Fabulous Fo'teen", a group of music fans as a venue for the great Professor Longhair (Fess)to perform in his later years. If you've ever been to Mardi Gras, you've heard "Mardi Gras in New Orleans," the tune that's always played. It's only one of Fess's hits.
How Tip's Got it's Name:
Fess composed many of the songs that all of us who grew up in New Orleans, and all of us who have been to Mardi Gras or New Orleans know as "only in New Orleans" songs. One of his best was "Tipitina's." Thus, the name of his music club.
Tipitina's in no longer a small neighborhood bar. It's now an internationally known two-story, 1,000 capacity music venue located at the corner of Napoleon and Tchoupitoulas Streets. Tipitina's now has resources such as a web site, recording studio, record label, and a dynamic special events department.
The Walk of Fame:
On the sidewalk in front of Tipitina's is the Walk of Fame, with lit medallians naming famous New Orleans musicians like the Neville Brothers, Irma Thomas, Wolfman Washington, The Dixie Cups and many more.
Still A Great Venue for New Orleans Music:
Tipitina's is alive and well with frequent performances by such New Orleans greats as, Dr. John, the Neville Brothers, the Meters, Cowboy Mouth, the Radiators, Galactic, and Better Than Ezra. Tipitina's also hosts 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, Buddy Guy, and Medeski, Martin & Wood. Many historic live recordings were made at Tipitina's by artists like the Neville Brothers, Anders Osborne, Kermit Ruffins, and Galactic.
Tipitina's is dedicated to preserving the treasure that is New Orleans music. To help in that goal, Tipitina's has founded the Tipitina's Foundation
Find Out More:
To get more info on Tipitina's or schedules for events, go to the Tipitina's Website.