Tipitina’s, a legendary local venue, now has new owners! Five members of the New Orleans funk band Galactic have just taken over ownership after legal battles for Roland Von Kurnatowski have come to a head. Accused of “bilking millions from investors” and described as a “Ponzi scheme”, the Advocate reports several different lawsuits filed.
Despite legal troubles, Roland and Mary Kurnatowski have run the club for two decades since 1997 and have continued to nurture the funk community. Tipitina’s has opened its doors to up & comers and established artists alike.
This change in ownership seems to come with welcoming arms. Most patrons of the New Orleans music scene couldn’t imagine better owners than Galactic. A band who’s not only brought the funky tunes but helped continue the club’s revered legacy over the years.
“Our goal is to preserve, promote, and protect the future of New Orleans music, culture and heritage via the Tipitina’s venue and brand,”
A quote from Galactic’s drummer, Stanton Moore. The roots dig deep for Galactic and Tipitinas; we think it’s only going to add to the reputation of the club. With the added competition from Frenchmen Jazz clubs and other events in the city, it would be nice to see Tipitina’s consistently alive at night.
Galactic’s new album “Already Ready Already” drops on February 8 of next year.
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