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The 9th annual Instruments A Comin,’ held by Tipitina’s Foundation, kicked off in grand fashion at Tchoupitoulas & Napoleon. Monday, April 26 brought a free outdoor festival powered by a battle of marching bands alongside local arts and crafts for purchase and a silent auction – and that was just the beginning.

A ceremony inducted Harry Connick Jr. and Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. into the Walk of Fame and Carol Asher and Harry Shearer into the Wall of Fame for their dedication to Louisiana music – fitting, as Instruments A Comin’ raises
funds for local schools needing tools for tunes. At a huge discount, the Foundation purchases from New Orleans Music Exchange and Jupiter Band Instruments; more bang for the buck! The program assists more than 2,500 students annually from more than 60 schools.

The party continued into the night with drinks and local specialties from area restaurants and music galore, natch. On the line-up: Galactic; Rebirth Brass Band; Fred LeBlanc; Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave; Soul Rebels; BIGI (Russell Batiste, Ian Neville, George Porter, Jr. and Ivan Neville); Anders Osborne; Big Sam’s Funky Nation; Brian “Breeze” Cayolle; Rockin’ Dopsie Jr.; Donald Harrison and the T.I.P. Interns; and Big Chief Monk Boudreau.

On the Board of Tipitina’s Foundation are Roland von Kurnatowski, Mary von Kurnatowski, Dean Dupuy, Douglas Thornton and Jeffrey Goldring. Their mission is “to support Louisiana and New Orleans’ irreplaceable music community and preserve its musical cultures. The Foundation works to support childhood music education, the professional development of adult musicians, and the increased profile and viability of Louisiana music as a cultural, educational and economic resource.” And if that isn’t reason enough to support the Foundation, Tipitina’s helps us help them with a good excuse to party into the wee hours on a Monday.