Easily New Orleans' most storied mecca of live music, Tipitina's first opened in 1977, when a group of music aficionados, known as "The Fabulous Fo'teen" decided to form a juke joint to honor the famed Crescent City musician Professor Longhair. The Professor was considered one of the most revered rhythm and blues artists, and the Fo'teen hoped to establish a juke joint where he could play gigs during the final years of his life; they soon named the venue after one of his best-loved songs, "Tipitina."
Throughout its past and into its present, some of music's most legendary artists have graced Tipitina's stage, including the Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Willie Nelson, Pearl Jam and Wilco. On the sidewalks in front of Tipitina's lies a Walk of Fame, honoring NoLa music legends past and present, like Irma Thomas, aka the “Soul Queen of New Orleans.” The venue also houses a renowned music recording studio. Try to visit on a Sunday evening during the weekly fais do-do, an event devoted to Cajun music and dance.