Iconic New Orleans music venue Tipitina’s drums up support for artists by connecting music lovers with live music from local bands during the pandemic.
The Uptown music venue announced a new web series called “Tipitina’s TV” premiering at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15.
Tipitina’s TV brings together notable New Orleans artists for a subscription-based, six-week concert series streaming every Saturday night through Sept. 19.
Galactic, who also owns the music venue, kicks off the inaugural season on Saturday, followed by Rebirth Brass Band on Aug. 22, Anders Osborne on Aug. 29, Tank and The Bangas on Sept. 5, Samantha Fish on Sept. 12 and the Radiators closing out the season on Sept. 19.
Fans can purchase tickets to the virtual performances individually for $11.99 per show or $49.99 for the full series subscription. Tickets are available via the platform that will stream the web series Tipitinas.tv.
As large gatherings and live music in front of indoor audiences are still banned under Phase Two guidelines, financial impacts have forced some live music venues to close.
Most recently popular Freret Street music venue Gasa Gasa shut down in July, and Frenchman Street staple D.B.A. closed its doors in April, as reported by Eater New Orleans.
Galactic drummer Stanton Moore said they’re “trying to be as positive and productive as possible,” in one Facebook post talking about the launch.
“A lot of folks have been asking me how they can help Tip’s… Supporting this live streaming series is a great way to support Tip’s and our local artists at this time,” Moore said in another Facebook post. “Thanks to everyone who have been helping us get through this extremely challenging time!” he said.
Other popular New Orleans music venues have turned to streaming concerts during the pandemic including a weekly series called “For the Culture” from the House of Blues and a series of DJ sets featuring Mannie Fresh and special guests called Virus-Killaz from The Maison.