Like everywhere else in the world, New Orleans has been hit hard during the pandemic. What should be a joyous time, the beginning of Carnival season, is anything but, with bars, restaurants and music venues shut down and hotels at 20% capacity. On top of it all, New Orleans is under an emergency due to the sub-freezing weather.
I'd like to believe that we will all come back stronger than before, because it's just too hard to accept that our favorite and most cherished places across the country---our favorite watering holes, our favorite pizza joint, the Bed & Breakfast you go to twice a year, that jazz club with the great sight lines---might not come back at all.
That said...there is some good news.
The legendary New Orleans club Tipitina's has been running a Mardi Gras film festival. It's free and you can access it by simply going to Tipitinas.TV.
Beginning at 10:00AM, C.S.T., you will be able to view some of the greatest films and footage about this great city, its music and its people.
Lily Keber's brilliant documentary on James Booker, concert footage of Dr. John, Henry Butler and The Wild Magnolias, the American Patchwork film on jazz parades, "Feet Don't Fail Me Now" and the one I am most excited about, "The Promised Land: A Swamp Pop Journey," the 2009 film featuring one of my very favorite acts from Louisiana, Lil' Band O'Gold. There is much more, all right there at your fingertips.
There is also a donate button. Keep that in mind if you decide to enjoy this amazing and free gift of music and visuals from Tipitina's.
Thanks for reading.
Happy Mardi Gras.