Tipitina's 31st Anniversary | NOLA

Words & Images by: Jeffrey Dupuis

Tipitina's 31st Anniversary
Midnite Disturbers, 504 Brass Band, Johnny Sketch, Good Enough for Good Times
Ivan Neville & Friends, Billy Iuso and Restless Natives, Groovesect, PBS
01.14 - 01.17 :: New Orleans, LA

Founded in 1977 as a neighborhood juke joint, Tipitina's recently celebrated its 31st anniversary. Founded by fourteen young music fans (The Fabulous Fo'teen) as a place for Professor Longhair to play in his later years, Tipitina's has grown to be the crowing jewel of the Tipitina's Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and nurturing the musical heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana. A veritable who's who of American music has graced the stage, which continues to support up-and-coming musicians and well-established acts alike.

Ed Ingraffia, who booked the anniversary series and acts as the Foundation's technology advisor explains, "What we wanted to do with our anniversary celebration this year was to present a comprehensive lineup of musical styles that represent the legacy and future of Tipitina's, as well as to showcase the musicians who contribute to the continuing mission of the Tipitina's Foundation in so many ways. Musicians such as Stanton Moore and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews - both of whom have learned from their predecessors and now teach those of the next generation through programs at Tipitina's - are prime examples how the music traditions of New Orleans are passed down and cultivated into the next chapter of our city's cultural history. Through programs such as the Tipitina's Internship Program, Sunday Music Workshop and Music Office Co-operatives, our Foundation strives to foster these traditions, and be instrumental in the development and promotion of Louisiana music within both our local community and around the world."

Leading the celebration were The 504 Brass Band, Midnite Disturbers, Good Enough for Good Times, Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes, Billy Iuso & the Restless Natives, Ivan Neville and Friends (Ian Neville, Tony Hall, Raymond Weber, Walter 'Wolfman' Washington), Groovesect and Porter Batiste Stoltz.


Ivan Neville :: 01.16 :: Tip's
George Porter Jr.
"I've been playing this room since it became Tipitina's. The Meters and Professor Longhair were the first bands to play here. It's nice to be here, and it's always been good to me."

Ivan Neville, Dumpstaphunk, Neville Brothers
"Tip's to me is home. It's the training ground where I learned, listening and playing. If there was ever a music venue that was home, this is it, period."

Stanton Moore
"To me, Tipitina's is the temple of New Orleans music. It's where all the great people before us, and hopefully after us, have played. Growing up I always wanted to be good enough to be playing here. I feel honored to play here – it always feels like it's important, and important to play your best here."

Walter 'Wolfman' Washington
"Tipitina's has been a landmark after the Dew Drop Inn. When Fess was playing here, a lot of cats would get off of work and come here for the late night hours. Everybody came through here and jammed. It's been a home base for all us cats who have been around a while."

Kevin O'Day, Midnite Disturbers
"Tipitina's means the whole history of New Orleans music put into one place. The first time I walked on the stage, all the history and all the music that had been played on the stage hit me. It really blew my mind. From that point on, every time I've played here has been the bomb!"

Bob Compton, photographer
"Tipitina's is the center of the musical universe. I was here late one night and my friend asked if I wanted a ride home, and I looked at him and said, 'I am home.'"

Trombone Shorty :: 01.14 :: Tip's
Mark Mullins, Bonerama
"Tipitina's means you better put your best stuff on. Ever since I was a kid, I thought it would be an honor to play at Tip's. Tip's is its own special, unique place. You can't explain it, you have to visit and experience it."

Skerik, madman
"Tipitina's means everything to me. It is the epicenter – the center of the entire universe."

Kirk Joseph, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Backyard Groove
"Tipitina's is the old school, all night, funk and fun. A treasure of New Orleans we need to preserve."

Andre Bohren, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes
"The first time I was at Tip's I was about four-months-old. One of the most exciting moments of my life was when I first played Tip's. For me, there's no other place I'd rather play in the world."

Marc Paradis, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes
"Playing Tipitina's for the first time was the biggest moment in my career up to that point, because you know what kind of sweat is soaked into the stage, who has played here, what kind of amazing events have occurred here – it's a tangible thing and you can sense that some real magic has happened here. It's hallowed ground. It's the hippest place to play. You feel like you're doing well when you can play a gig at Tip's."

Joe Ashlar, Good Enough for Good Times
"Before I moved to New Orleans, I flew down and played a gig at Tip's, and that was one of my favorite shows I had ever played. I decided to move here after that and call New Orleans home now.

Simon Lott, Good Enough for Good Times
"I love playing at Tip's. It's ecstasy – it's wonderful. I love this place,"

Jeff Coffin :: 01.14 :: Tip's
Jeff Raines, Galactic
"If I could call a club my home, this would be it."

Andre Mouton, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes
"Tip's gives people the opportunity to make music."

Johnny Rico, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes
"Tip's means not full penetration – just the Tip."

Bust Gnutt, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes
"I grew up in NOLA, and Tip's has always been the club – the venue. It's an icon, a great place to play. People come here and expect something good, expect you to deliver."

Billy Iuso, Restless Natives
"Tipitina's is always a good gig, good vibes and happy people. It's an important place in the music world. I hope it lasts a long time."

Ian Neville, Dumpstaphunk, Funky Meters
"Tipitina's has been a musical backyard. I remember coming in here since I was barely able to walk, reading stuff on the dressing room walls when I shouldn't have been reading it – enlightening stuff, you know. The list of people I've seen in here is the list that has helped me grow."

Jeff Coffin, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Mu'tet, Dave Matthews Band
"It's a real community of musicians. Everybody is playing and supporting everyone else. In a word, community – it's a beautiful thing."

Raymond Webber, Dumpstaphunk
"Tip's is very special to me and was one of my first gigs. It's a great institution and I hope we keep it going."

Brian Stoltz, Porter-Batiste- Stoltz
"Tipitina's is the place."

Erica Goldring, photographer
"Tipitina's is the heart of Uptown, where we grew up. It's my stomping ground. I keep coming back."

Danny Able, Groovesect
"My first real music experience in New Orleans was at Tipitina's. It was unlike anything I had experienced before. Tipitina's is what New Orleans is – the epitome of the New Orleans vibe. It's the center of the vortex - people get sucked in here."


Midnite Disturbers & 504 Brass Band :: 01.14 :: Tipitina's

504 Brass Band
Midnite Disturbers
Big Sam - Midnite Disturbers
Big Sam - Midnite Disturbers
Skerik - Midnite Disturbers
Kevin O'Day & Stanton Moore - Midnite Disturbers
Matt Perrine - Midnite Disturbers
Shamarr Allen - Midnite Disturbers
Shamarr Allen - Midnite Disturbers
Skerik & Ben Ellman - Midnite Disturbers
Skerik - Midnite Disturbers
Midnite Disturbers
Midnite Disturbers

Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes
& Good Enough for Good Times
01.15 :: Tipitina's

Good Enough for Good Times
Mercurio and Ashlar - Good Enough for Good Times
Simon Lott - Good Enough for Good Times
Jeff Raines - Good Enough for Good Times
Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes
Andre Mouton - Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes
Marc Paradis - Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes
Marc Paradis - Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes
Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes

Tipitina's All-Stars featuring Ivan Neville & Friends
& Billy Iuso and Restless Natives
01.16 :: Tipitina's

Tony Hall - Ivan Neville & Friends
Ian Neville - Ivan Neville & Friends
Ian Neville - Ivan Neville & Friends
Ivan Neville
Raymond Weber
Walter 'Wolfman' Washington
Walter 'Wolfman' Washington
Walter 'Wolfman' Washington
Billy Iuso and Restless Natives
Billy Iuso
Mike Burkart - Restless Natives
Thomas McDonald - Restless Natives

PBS (Porter, Batiste, Stoltz) & Groovesect
01.17 :: Tipitina's

Danny Abel - Groovesect
Russell Batiste Jr. - PBS
George Porter Jr. - PBS
Brian Stoltz - PBS
Jeff Coffin with PBS

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youngphan starstarstarstar Wed 1/21/2009 06:06PM
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i would love to and cant wait to get to tiptinas some day.. cant wait for my first jazz fest

Chaloupka starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/21/2009 06:25PM
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Quite likely the best venue in the world.

Alex starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/21/2009 07:33PM
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My favorite too... Though the tabernacle was interesting

But the staff here are just as cool as the venue

bky10 Thu 1/22/2009 06:02AM
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I went to Tipitina's for the first time last jazzfest to see the Disco Biscuits play at 3:00 am. Not being the biggest Bisco fan, I was still thoroughly amazed. It is a must for any fan of music.

toestothenose Thu 1/22/2009 06:29AM
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That was a wonderful, wonderful piece!

I end up at Tip's or the Howlin Wolf every time I'm in NOLA

dinophoto starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/22/2009 08:24AM
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Great job Jeffrey!

and yes..... Tip's is my favorite temple in the world.

I've been lucky enough to be there for hundreds of shows and to this day I always make sure I pay my respects and rub da Fess Head upon entering.


gvasos starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/22/2009 08:40AM
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I had a bout of the Chicago winter blues but after reading this, I feel warm inside. Tips Uptown and the whole city of NOLA is the epicenter of American music and culture. I cannot wait to return for Jazz Fest, the best thing going in music today. God Bless Tips, God Bless NOLA!

kidadam starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/22/2009 08:51AM
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Great pics Jeffery! See ya in April!

roryg starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/22/2009 08:59AM
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I never really post on here, but I had to give it up for Tips! This is the place where I got my degree in live music and it is a must stop for anybody headed down to NOLA. Whether it's just a middle of the week Rebirth show or an all-night shake-down with Galactic on Lundi Gras, this is simply the top live-music venue on Planet Earth!

harryz Thu 1/22/2009 10:18AM
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Great stuff Jeffrey! Ain't no place in the world like Tip's!

hewboy22 starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/22/2009 10:53AM
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nice work! a buddy of mine who lives down there went but i haven't had the chance to get a review from him. this will do! can't wait to rub Fess' head again!

gmoo Thu 1/22/2009 11:03AM
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Can't wait for Jazz Fest! First time in the NOLA should be fun...

theguykeator Thu 1/22/2009 11:30AM
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"Tip's means not full penetration – just the Tip."

thats funny

theguykeator Thu 1/22/2009 11:37AM
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I had tickets to what would be the crazyest nights in my life. 10 Year Anniversary Shows of Galactic at Tips, with the Houseman on 9/9 and 9/10/05. 2 Nights of mayham that would never be....Well at least Tips was spared from Katrina. Long live NOLA funky vibes!!!!

Sueshi starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/22/2009 12:32PM
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Great shots, Jeffrey!

treetops78 starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/22/2009 12:38PM
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Last year at Jazz Fest, second weekend, me and two buddies took a cab to Tip's to see the traditional Galactic late night set and it was sold out. I went up to the door guy and said, "I got one ticket, twenty bucks, and there are three of us, Can you help us out?" Next thing I know, we are getting down inside to Galactic with Chali 2na and the guy who let us in was GETTING DOWN right next to us. Truly a magical place!

mesaxi starstarstar Thu 1/22/2009 01:43PM
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Nothin from Tom Waits? Bummer

chicofishhead starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/22/2009 03:36PM
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I love Tipitina's! Truly a magical place.

Here's a really cool article about tip's from a year ago.


abgar starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/22/2009 08:15PM
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Thanks Jeffrey, amazing pics as usual.

geauxire Fri 1/23/2009 09:23AM
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Tip's has to be the best venue ever.  Stanton Moore's comment makes a lot of sense.  Every time you walk through those double doors on the corner of Tchopitoulas and Napolean you are in for a treat and have to expect that whomever you're lucky enough to see step on stage that night will be on their game.  Jeff, you done outdid yourself.  Awesome work!  That Midnite Disturbers Second Line looks awful familiar. Reminds me of Jam Cruise (again)

ScatBeN Fri 1/23/2009 12:05PM
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Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!! I can't wait for Jazzfest! I'm busting at the seems! Take me home to NOLA!!!!!

johnnygoff starstarstarstar Fri 1/23/2009 12:55PM
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stanton moore for prez. trombone shorty for v.p. skerik for sec. of state. Congrats to Tipitina's - a solid joint!

Rich Lieberman starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/23/2009 02:22PM
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Rich Lieberman

Jeffrey... Just awesome man! All the way around!

Tips is a national treasure!

NOLA_Funk Fri 1/23/2009 04:11PM
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Haha I can see myself in the background at the Midnite Disturbers show. What a cool ensemble that was. Going to Tips tonight and tomorrow night to catch the Rads. Peace, Love and NOLA

rchaffe starstarstarstar Tue 1/27/2009 02:04PM
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Wish I were there to see the Rads recently...classic...used to see them every NYE in the late 80s-early 90s. Tips is definitely my second home...as someone who has been fortunate enough to play there, and attended many shows over the past 20 years, there is no place like it. It's almost unexplainable. Long live Tipitina's!

mgizmo starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/30/2009 05:41PM
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Lots of Radiation in there! The old smokin' hole is GONE though. Gotta hang out on the neutral ground now. Happy Birthday Tipitna sha lala una mala wala hey hey yo!