New Orleans’ Iconic Tipitina’s Announces ‘Save Tips’ Livestream Fundraiser

Show to feature brand new and legendary performances from the vault, as well as exclusive backstage artist stories

Today, New Orleans’ world famous music venue Tipitina’s announces Save Tip’s, a free live-streamed event benefiting the historic venue during the pandemic shutdown. An innovative livestream and fundraising event, the three+ hour event will take place on Saturday, November 14th at 9PM EST/8PM CST/6PM PST and will feature performances and exclusive backstage content from more than 35 of the most legendary musicians to ever grace the stage at Tipitina’s.

These artists join Tipitina’s to help keep the music going at the world renowned venue by helping raise much needed funds necessary to keep the club alive. Beginning today, Monday November 9, fans can donate directly to the venue as well as participate in special fundraising sweepstakes offering prizes chosen by the staff at Tipitina’s and its supporting artists.

Photo courtesy of Ken Weinstein / Big Hassle Media

“In late 2018, our band took a huge leap of faith to purchase Tipitina’s,” said Robert Mercurio, owner of Tipitina’s and member of the band Galactic.“ It was not because we wanted to own a venue, it was because we had a chance to save our favorite one in the world. But now we could really use some help to keep saving this national treasure.  So in true New Orleans fashion we decided to throw a hell of a party to celebrate this musical institution.”

 Tipitina’s has been a vibrant hub of New Orleans’ culture and music for over 40 years and has hosted some of the most legendary acts in the world while attracting hundreds of thousands of fans from across the globe. The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent social distancing regulations have had a heavy effect on the legendary venue putting its future in peril as it, like thousands of other independent rooms, hasn’t had any revenue since being shuttered by the pandemic

To support the benefit, Tipitina’s and Fandiem — an all-in-one digital sweepstakes marketplace bringing exclusive virtual and in-real-life experiences to music fans —  are offering an exclusive collection of prizes integrated into the livestream platform and performances. Fans can donate for a chance to win these prizes, which  will include the Ultimate NOLA Flyaway, an all-expense paid three-day weekend in New Orleans featuring VIP access to the first return show at Tipitina’s, access to a New Orleans-themed catered soundcheck, band meet & greet, and a mega merch pack from the venue, as well as a virtual backstage Zoom Hang with Galactic’s Stanton Moore and Robert Mercurio. Sweepstakes will be made available to the public beginning Monday, November 9 and additional exclusive sweepstakes prizes will be added after the November 14 livestream event. Net proceeds from sweepstakes entries will benefit Tipitina’s.


Save Tip’s to feature new and never-released-before vintage performances, recorded at Tipitina’s and beyond by: 

Professor Longhair

Fats Domino

Willie Nelson

Dr. John

Widespread Panic


Billy Strings

Jon Batiste & Stay Human feat. Trombone Shorty

Dinosaur Jr

Manu Chao

The Radiators feat. Gregg Allman

Michael Franti and Spearhead

St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Funky Meters

Preservation Hall Jazz Band feat. Allen Toussaint

Galactic feat. Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph

Les Claypool’s Flying Frog Brigade

The Revivalists

Big Freedia

Tank & The Bangas

Rebirth Brass Band

Zigaboo Modeliste


Samantha Fish


George Porter and Runnin’ Pardners

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux + Donald Harrison Jr.

Anders Osborne

Ivan Neville

Cha Wa

James Andrews

Papa John Gros

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Kermit Ruffins

Corey Henry

Roger Lewis

Leo Nocentelli

The Soul Rebels

Davel Crawford

John Cleary + Walter “Wolfman Washington”

The Naughty Professor Horns

Art Neville Tribute

Dr John Tribute

Allen Toussaint Tribute

Taj Mahal

North Mississippi Allstars + Big Sam

….and many more

PLUS…Meanwhile Backstage  (Interviews hosted by Soul Sister)

Tipitina’s is one of New Orleans’ most iconic music venues of all time. It began as a neighborhood juke joint, established in 1977, by a group of young music fans (The Fabulous Fo’teen) to provide a place for Professor Longhair to perform in his final years. The venue, named for one of Longhair’s most enigmatic recordings, “Tipitina,” has survived in an ever-changing musical climate despite changing ownership and briefly closing in 1984. In December 2018, Tipitina’s was purchased by the members of the New Orleans-based band Galactic from the previous owners, who had owned the venue since 1997.


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