Uncle Lionel Batiste Memorials: Tribute Tonight and Second Line Friday


After the passing of Uncle Lionel Batiste on Sunday, July 8, friends and admirers were quick to organize memorials for the Treme Brass Band bass drummer, one of New Orleans’ most well-known and beloved men about town.

Uncle Lionel Batiste at the 2011 Bayou Steppers second line. Photo by Kim Welsh.

Uncle Lionel Batiste at the 2011 Bayou Steppers second line. Photo by Kim Welsh.

Tonight, the Treme Brass Band’s weekly Wednesday night gig at the Candlelight Lounge will be a tribute to Batiste. The show starts at 9 p.m. and will feature special guests.

An even bigger celebration of Uncle Lionel’s life will take place Friday, July 13, starting at 5 p.m. with a second line organized by the Batiste family that leads up to a benefit concert at Sweet Lorraine’s Jazz Club. The parade starts at 5 p.m. at Tuba Fats Square, the corner of St. Philip and N. Robertson, and will move down to N. Rampart, turn left and continue to Elysian Fields, then turn right until Royal, stopping at the Christopher Inn Apartments where Uncle Lionel lived. The parade then turns right on Frenchmen, continuing until St. Claude, where it turns left and disbands at Sweet Lorraine’s.

The benefit concert begins at 7 p.m. at Sweet Lorraine’s and will feature performances by Kermit Ruffins, Kid Merv, Michael Baptiste, Deacon John, Danon Smith and Michael Ward.

The Batiste family also established a memorial fund in Uncle Lionel Batiste’s name with Liberty Bank and Trust. Donations can be made at any Liberty Bank branch. For more info, call Glenda McKinley at (504) 915-1552.

Here’s a map of the full route for Uncle Lionel Batiste’s memorial second line.

Uncle Lionel Batiste second line route for Friday, June 13, 2012 in New Orleans.


UPDATE, 7/13/12, 11 a.m.: Uncle Lionel Batiste’s family has reported that he wished for people to wear all-white to his remembrances, instead of traditional black attire. If you’re going to the second line or benefit concert, it’s encouraged to honor Uncle Lionel’s impeccable sense of style.

Also, Uncle Lionel Batiste’s funeral arrangements have been set as well.

  • John Mowry

    We were fortunate to meet Uncle Lionel on our visits to the Palm Court Jazz Club each year since Katrina.  We also megt him at Cafe DuMonde one day as he was heading home with his cleaning.  He stopped and sang a song.  My wife will always remember dancing with him at the Palm Court. What a great gentleman and personality.  I suppose he truly will have time on his hands at last.

  • Mittzy911

    Uncle Lionel Batiste’s i will miss him dancing in the street…You will always be loved and missed… I lived in Orleans and helped after the storm in 07 until-2011..But live in Virginia now…My prayers are with The Batiste Family.   Love D.Mason

  • Rodneyondrums

    What time does the second line start?

  • http://www.offbeat.com Ben Berman

    second line starts at 5 p.m.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pearl.heart.9041 Pearl Heart

    Everyone is welcome to share on Uncle Lionel’s Fan Club.Dust of those photos and memories and

  • dymon

    White has become my favorite color. It would be my honor and pleasure to dress as he wished.

    He will surely be missed. I remember seeing him in Treme, always so debonair with his attire and style. He was always very quiet, but yet he’d catch your attention because of the way he carried himself.

    Oh how I wish his sense of style would have rubbed off on our younger generation. They could have learned a lot from him. He was definitely one of a kind in New Orleans.

    He’ll be apart of heaven’s all stars now.