Tipitina's Foundation to Induct Amoeba Music Into Wall of Fame

Posted by Amoebite, April 30, 2012 01:55pm | Post a Comment
We are honored to announce that the Tipitina’s Foundation is inducting Amoeba Music into The Tipitina’s Foundation Wall of Fame tonight in New Orleans during their annual event, Instruments A Comin’!

The Tipitina's FoundationThe Tipitina's Foundation was founded before Hurricane Katrina (in 2003), and is committed to preserving Louisiana culture and musical heritage. Of course when the storm ravaged most of the city, the need for resources for displaced musicians and a community place became even more crucial. The Tipitina's Foundation continued to serve unemployed musicians, as well as raise money to replace instruments, and keep the spirit of Louisiana culture alive and well and in the hearts of all New Orleans residents.

In 2005, Amoeba began hosting regular charity auctions to raise money for Gulf relief efforts post-Katrina. In addition to the money raised during the auctions themselves, Amoeba has matched the winning bids dollar for dollar, doubling the money for the Tipitina's Foundation. We also share our love for New Orleans with a Mardi Gras party each year, complete with beads and a parade.

Music is an integral part of New Orleans culture and a huge part of the spirit of one of the most beloved American cities. Keeping that spirit alive and thriving is a huge focus of the Tipitina's Foundation and we are humbled and thankful to be a part of that community.

Today happens to be International Jazz Day, and one of the richest American cultural exports is jazz music. American jazz and blues are the foundation of our cultural heritage---so we celebrate that today. 

The induction ceremony takes place tonight during the Tipitina’s Foundation Instruments A Comin’ event, their 11th annual musical celebration supporting schools and after school music programs in the greater New Orleans area. Since its inception in 2003, proceeds from Instruments A Comin’ have allowed Tipitina’s Foundation to purchase and place more than $2.5 million worth of new, high quality musical instruments in over 75 schools and after school programs in New Orleans. 

Tonight's sold out event features an incredible line-up of artists including Galactic, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and more; a spirited battle of school marching bands; Tipitina’s Walk and Wall of Fame inductions; and online and silent auctions.

One of the items up for bid at the auction includes the Louisiana Legends Art Piano. The piano keys have been signed by musicians including Fats Domino, Dr. John, Kermit Ruffins, Bonnie Raitt, Terence Blanchard, Irma Thomas, Ani DiFranco, and more. World-renowned artist Stephan Wanger turned the piano into a one-of-a-kind piece of art using recycled Mardi Gras beads to create a beautifully intricate mosaic. You can bid on this amazing piece here.

Lousiana Legeds Art Piano
The Louisiana Legends Art Piano

Tipitina's Instruments are a comin' Poster

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