Today is Tuba Fats' birthday. The great New Orleans music legend and mentor to many of our great local musicians would have been 63 years old today.
Anthony "Tuba Fats" Lacen, born Sept. 15, 1950, was a band leader and sousaphone player who played professionally with several brass bands such as the Young Tuxedo and the Olympia Brass Bands as well as leading his own band Tuba Fats & the Chosen Few Brass Band. He died in 2004 and is honored every year in Treme on Tuba Fats Tuesday, the Tuesday after the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival ends, in a small park on the corner of St. Phillips and N. Robertson named in honor of the beloved tuba player.
Happy birthday, Tuba Fats!