Fess Fest: The Music of Professor Longhair
The New Orleans’ famed Tipitina’s takes its name from one of Professor Longhair’s songs. Longhair regularly performed at the venue until his death in 1980 and several tributes to the piano player currently line the club. On December 19, Tipitina’s will also pay tribute to the author of its namesake song with Fess Fest: Professor Longhair’s 92nd Byrd-day Celebration & Tribute. The show will feature The Tipitina’s All-Star Band with special guests Dr. John, Kermit Ruffins, James Andrews, 101 Runners and others.
Galactic keyboardist Rich Vogel and drummer Johnny Vidacovich will perform at a Sunday Music Workshop held at the club earlier in the day and could, conceivably , stick around to join in the festivities.