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Instruments Have Come 

After Katrina, the Tipitina's Foundation branched out with it efforts to aid musicians, augmenting the programs that the nonprofit already had in place. New projects included the expansion of its music co-op offices, well-publicized collaborations with Fats Domino and hosting many benefit shows. Before the storm, the group's primary focus was nurturing the city's young musicians, and this event is a celebration of what the Tip's Foundation does best. Now in its sixth year, the annual Instruments A-Comin' benefit has donated more than $800,000 worth of new instruments to New Orleans schools, $500,000 of that after Katrina. Many marching bands were able to make noise for the two post-hurricane Mardi Gras because of that assistance. Hosted by Harry Shearer, Tip's Foundation Executive Director Bill Taylor and David Kunian, this event features performances from a laundry list of local all-stars including the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Troy Andrews (pictured) and Orleans Avenue, Galactic, Jon Cleary, the New Orleans Social Club and many others. Donald Harrison Jr., will play with the Tipitina's Interns and students from the club's free Sunday music workshop series. The presentation of the instruments, with live outdoor marching-band performances, is free and begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the benefit concert, which starts at 8 p.m. -- Alison Fensterstock

6 p.m. Wed., Aug. 29

TipitinaÕs, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-TIPS; www.tipitinas.com

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