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Treme Brass Band Celebrates Late Uncle Lionel Batiste's Birthday

Uncle Lionel Batiste passed away in July of 2012, but friends and fans continue to celebrate the legendary bass drummer’s birthday. Tuesday, February 11, marks the day the late great would have made 82. Members of Treme Brass Band, Uncle Lionel’s former group will perform for the next three days in Uncle Lionel’s honor. 

Uncle Lionel Batiste Honored with Day of the Dead Altar

by M.D. Dupuy

With all the clever costumes and undead debauchery in the Crescent City, it’s easy to forget that this time of year is also a spiritual celebration for the faithful. This year, one local artist is offering something for those deeply rooted in the traditions of both New Orleans and religion. Local artist and Southern University Art Professor Cynthia Ramirez  is displaying a Dia de los Muertes Altar to honor to honor the recently departed "Uncle" Lionel Batiste until November 9 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. 

Today in New Orleans: 7.23.12

Today, be in that number for Uncle Lionel’s jazz funeral, show off your doll and bear collection at the 25th Annual Doll Festival, and listen to some fine piano players compete in the International Piano Competition. On this day in history, bluesman and son of Barnum & Bailey Circus performers George Curly “Barefoot” Miller was born in New Orleans (1920), swamp pop guitarist Tony Joe White was born in Oak Grove, LA (1943), and rapper Juvenile was arrested in a Jacksonville, Florida shopping mall after getting in a fight with mall cops for not removing a cap and bandana – a breach of the mall’s safety code (1999). Now for today's events:

Funeral Arrangements for Uncle Lionel Batiste Announced

Today, New Orleans is gearing up to celebrate the life of the late Uncle Lionel Batiste in grand second line style, just like we know he would want it. And it won't be the last time he's sent off like a New Orleans icon. Today, the family released details of the funeral arrangements for the Tremé Brass Band bass drummer and New Orleans legend, who died Sunday after a battle with cancer.

Today in New Orleans: 7.13.12

Today, Uncle Lionel Batiste is honored with a second line and tribute at Sweet Lorraine's. It's also Friday the 13th, the prime day for Creepy Fest. Elsewhere, there's a  Bastille Day fireworks celebration, and the Southern Summer Comfort Book Tour reaches New Orleans. On this day in history, legendary traditional jazz clarinetist George Lewis was born in New Orleans (1900), blues guitarist Long John Hunter was born in Ringold, LA (1931), and swamp pop singer Joe Barry was born in Cut Off, LA (1939).

Today in New Orleans: 7.11.12

Today, the Treme Brass Band offers up their regular gig at Candlelight Lounge to honor of Uncle Lionel Batiste, George Porter gets to the Point, a hip-hop food drive lights up The Hookah, Creepy Fest begins with a B-movie double feature at Big Top, and erotic readings tantalize Allways. On this day in history, guitarist session player Cranston Clements was born in New Orleans (1951) and Cajun accordionist Bruce Daigrepont was born in New Orleans (1958). Now back to today:

Uncle Lionel Batiste Passes

Tremé Brass Band Bass Drummer, New Orleans Icon Dies at 81

Uncle Lionel Batiste, longtime bass drummer of the Tremé Brass Band and patriarch of the famed Batiste family, died Sunday morning of complications from Stage 4 cancer, NoDef confirmed with friends of Batiste Sunday morning. He was 81.

Uncle Lionel Batiste Dies at 81

Uncle Lionel Batiste, longtime bass drummer of the Tremé Brass Band and patriarch of the famed Batiste family, died Sunday morning of complications from Stage 4 cancer, NoDef confirmed with friends of Batiste this morning. He was 81. Always sporting an outfit that was the definition of dapper, sunglasses and, in recent years, a cane, Batiste made it his mission to put a smile on everyone's face, and he was hard-presesd to find anyone whose face didn't light up in his prescence.

Today's Events: 2.11.12

Today, we salute the most reliable, dapper drummer on the brass band scene. Uncle Lionel Batiste of the Treme Brass Band turns 81 today, and you know he'll be out looking for a dance partner. Elsewhere, Chalmette stages the Mardi Gras Stache Bash Also, St. Claude Ave sees its monthly art walk and Kermit Ruffins ducks into One Eyed Jack's. It’s also the celebration of the creation of Jefferson Parish (1825), and National Inventors’ Day. So come up with something, or go to one of these:

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