Tipitina’s is one of the best music venues in New Orleans. Tipitina’s started as a neighborhood juke joint in 1977 and for four decades it’s flourished and grown to worldwide fame. Today Tipitina’s sits on the corner of Napoleon and Tchoupitoulas and offers music almost every night.
When I went a few nights ago to see Anders Osborne with Special Guests (Rickie Lee Jones & Walter Wolfman Washington) I enjoyed myself. I arrived early to claim a good spot to listen and see the show. I ended up at the end of the bar with other folks who had the same plan. We bonded and had a wonderful evening defending our territory and embracing the scene. It’s standing room only on a busy night at Tipitina’s, and you have to be ready to hang for hours before the headliner appears.
It’s well worth it to get out and listen to live music. Seeing Rickie Lee Jones and Walter Wolfman Washington was worth the wait. I enjoyed the opening act (Andrew Duhon), but quite frankly… I felt his set was too long.
It requires patience and tolerance to go out these days and face full houses of fans, locals and tourists that are all there to have a good time.
The history says that Tipitina’s was started by a group of music lovers who wanted to provide a place for New Orleans music legend, Professor Longhair to play. The name Tipitina’s is a song title of Professor Long Hair. That is a great claim to fame.
Throughout the years Tipitina’s has looked for a way to give back to the community, so now a portion from 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 and economic resource.
Tipitina’s 501 Napoleon Ave NOLA 70115 504 895-8477 www.tiptitina’s.com