TIPITINA' S TURNS TWENTY-FIVE

During the mid-1970's, a group of like-minded souls migrated to the 501 Club on Napoleon and Tchoupitoulas as a place to throw parties, mainly because it was the only place that would let them back. The artists that would play at their parties were modern day geniuses like James Booker, The Radiators, Dr. John and the rediscovered giant of the New Orleans second line sound Henry Roland Byrd a.k.a. Professor Longhair. In the last years of Professor Longhair's life, Tipitina's became his place to play and the club is thus named after one of his songs.

From January 15th to the 25th, one of the largest birthday celebrations New Orleans has ever seen occurred. Appropriately spread out over 10 days the city celebrated its most famous and favorite music venue, Tipitina's. With acts ranging from The Wild Magnolias to the New Orleans Klezmer Allstars and The Radiators, the four ancient walls on 501 Napoleon must have thought it was Jazz Fest already.


Henry Butler

The Radiators' Dave Malone

H. Butler & C. Harris

The Wild Magnolias

Mecurio & Freilich

The Wild Magnolias

June Yamagishi

The Founders Ball

June Yamagishi

G. Porter Jr. & Brian Stoltz

Glen Hartman

G. Porter Jr. and Tony Hall

Rich Vogel & Ivan Neville

Ben Ellman

Ben Ellman & Jason Mingledorf

Glen Hartman & Rob Wagner
New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars

Dave Sobel
New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars

Glen Hartman & Rob Wagner
New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars

Robert Randolph

Ben Ellman & Bonerama

Robert Randolph

Big D
Absolute Monster Gentlemen

Jon Cleary
Absolute Monster Gentlemen

Cornell Williams
Absolute Monster Gentlemen

All images and words by: Zack Smith
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[Published on: 2/6/03]

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