The Instrument Repair Initiative Benefit Concert

Feat: Paul Sanchez & Minimum Rage, Social Set, Tank & the Bangas, & Sweet Crude

May 16th 8:00pm
Day of Show: 

- Ages 18+
- General Admission / Standing Room Only
- Must Have Valid ID to Enter

** The Box Office is open 10am to 5pm Mon-Fri **
- Purchaser Must Be Present (with Valid ID & Credit Card Used to Place Order) to Claim Will Call Tickets
- Name Changes Must Be Made Before Night of Show
- No Professional Cameras or Rigs (Cameras with Removable Lenses)
- All Sales Are Final

Locally-based bands Sweet Crude and Social Set have partnered with the Tipitina’s Foundation to hold a benefit concert for the launch of the Foundation’s new Instrument Repair Initiative, which will function as a branch of the well-established Instruments A Comin’ program. The concert will be held May 16th, 2014 at the Tipitina’s Uptown venue (501 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115) and feature performances by Tank & the Bangas, Paul Sanchez and Minimum Rage, Social Set and Sweet Crude. The concert is generously sponsored by the New Orleans Academy of Music and the Thibodeaux School of Music, with tickets available for the event at the Tipitina’s Box Office as well as online at and by phone at (504) 895-8477. Advanced tickets are $12, $15 the night of show and 100% of ticket sales will benefit the Instrument Repair Initiative.

The Tipitina’s Foundation has long supported the development, promotion and preservation of the music communities in Louisiana’s unique musical cultures through championing music education, musician’s professional development and increasing the exposure and viability of Louisiana music through such well-established programs as Instruments A Comin’, the Tipitina’s Internship Program, Sunday Youth Music workshops and Tipitina’s Music Office Co-Op Network.

Since its start, the Instruments A Comin’ program has placed more than $2.7 million worth of instruments in 79 school music education and band programs across the state. With an emphasis on creating the opportunity for every student, regardless of socioeconomic status or capabilities, to engage in music education outlets, the program has seen much success. Now the Foundation will be building upon this success by implementing the Instrument Repair Initiative, with the mission of increasing the number of instruments available to students in music programs by repairing and refurbishing donated instruments to be placed directly in the hands of students waiting to join school band programs. The Initiative will also lengthen the life of the current instruments in the Instruments A Comin’ program by supporting their repair and maintenance.

Having recognized and benefitted from the tremendous efforts the Tipitina’s Foundation to preserve the musical culture of Louisiana, Sweet Crude and Social Set sought to collaborate on a benefit concert for the Foundation to further its mission. In partnering with the Foundation directly, the opportunity to give back to the vision of the Foundation has expanded tenfold. The benefit concert for launch of the Instrument Repair Initiative promises to be a most joyous and noteworthy evening, and there couldn’t be a better reason to celebrate.