More than 2,000 partygoers filled Tipitina’s for a benefit to put musical instruments in the hands of New Orleans’ next generation of musicians.
The event honored local philanthropists John Gonzalez and Patricia Weeks as they were inducted into the Tipitina’s Foundation’s Wall of Fame, which recognizes dedicated supporters of the foundation.
Additionally, Anders Osborn was added to the Tipitina’s Foundation Walk of Fame, a permanent tribute to some of New Orleans’ finest musicians, producers and cultural icons. The Walk honors musicians who have made significant contributions to Louisiana’s music.
The gala featured an outdoor festival on Napoleon Avenue from Tipitina’s to the neutral ground, a silent auction and a battle of the bands, featuring performances by marching bands from four Instruments A Comin’ benefit schools: Edna Karr High School Band, St. Augustine High School Band, Sci Academy and Lake Area High School. Upon the completion of the induction ceremonies for the Tipitina’s Wall and Walk of Fame, a benefit concert followed at Tipitina’s. Performers on the lineup were Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Galactic, N.O. Suspects with Fred Tackett, Cha Wa, Rory Danger, Honey Island Swamp Band, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes and The Nth Power.
Food was provided by Link Restaurant Group, Galatoire’s, Jacque-Imo’s, Dante’s Kitchen, Deanie’s, P.F. Chang’s, Southern Hospitality, Superior Seafood, Stumptown Coffee and Chick-Fil-A.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Instruments A Comin’,” benefiting Tipitina’s Foundation
When: Monday, May 1