Jimmy Anselmo continues his fight to reopen his iconic namesake club with three concerts, April 4-7, at the venue on Willow Street in uptown New Orleans. Nationally and locally known musicians including Cyril and Gaynielle Neville, Paul Sanchez, and the Bucktown Allstars will lend their support.
Due to legal wrangling in city government, Anselmo (pictured above, left, with Gary Quaintance, the new operator) has been fighting an alleged illegal alcohol permit moratorium in the neighborhood.
“Musicians need venues to play and earn money,” says Jimmy. “Live music has been a part of New Orleans since the beginning. I want to keep the music alive, but I’m having trouble.”
Jimmy’s is an important piece of the New Orleans music scene. Originally Al’s Pool Hall, Jimmy opened his doors in 1978 with the legendary Professor Long Hair and the Neville Brothers.
For the past three decades Jimmy’s has been supporting the musicians and introducing performers to the New Orleans market. In addition to Professor Longhair and Neville Brothers, other acts that played at Jimmy’s include the Radiators, Dr. John, Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Allen Coe, Iggy Pop, Irma Thomas, Bonnie Raitt, the Meters, Kid Rock, Jane’s Addiction, and hundreds of others.
Ironically, Anselmo was recently awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in Music Business by OffBeat magazine. For more details on Anselmo and his club, check out the story, which was written by yours truly.