Sharing the Gift of Music

Tipitina’s Foundation’s “Instruments A Comin’.”
Photographed By Melissa Calico
Doug Thornton and Kristin Shannon with Mary von Kurnatowski|!!| Mary Grace von Kurnatowski and Roland von Kurnatowski

Instruments made their way to some deserving New Orleans-area children, thanks to the world-famous Tipitina’s Foundation. In April, “Tip’s” held its 13th annual “Instruments A Comin’” benefit concert and extravaganza in order to provide free-of-charge instruments to high school and after-school music programs. Since its inception, Instruments A Comin’ has raised more than $2.7 million worth of instruments.

This year, Tip’s donated high-quality instruments to several schools, including McDonough 35 High School, Lake Area New Tech Early College High School, Eleanor McMain Secondary School, Cohen College Prep High, Martin Behrman Charter School, West Jefferson High School, Sophie B. Wright Charter School and Mildred Osborne Charter School.

The all-star night combined a classic New Orleans-style street festival with a rockin’ Tipitina’s-style concert event. The evening’s lineup included the New Orleans Suspects, Bonerama, Honey Island Swamp Band and Galactic. While guests enjoyed these quintessential Big Easy bands, they also feasted on some quintessential Big Easy eats, like Jacque-imo’s alligator cheesecake, shrimp and grits from Dante’s Kitchen and Atchafalaya’s bread pudding.

Also during the evening, the foundation honored the band Phish by adding them to the “Wall of Fame,” which recognizes outstanding supporters of Tip’s mission to protect and preserve Louisiana’s musical culture.

 


EVENT AT A GLANCE

What:   “Instruments A Comin’,” benefiting the Tipitina’s Foundation
When:  Monday, April 28
Where:   Tipitina’s Foundation