NOLA legend stands at own wake


Famed New Orleans musician "Uncle" Lionel Batiste presided over his own wake last week. His embalmed body was propped up against a prop lamp post inside the funeral home. “He looks better today than when I saw him the Thursday before he died,” Storyville Stompers tuba player Woody Penouilh told the Times-Picayune. “Heaven is agreeing with him.” For Chris Granger's lovely photo gallery of Batiste standing in state: "'Uncle' Lionel Batiste gets sendoff as unique as the man himself"


  1. That’s fantastic.

    “You have to think outside the box,” Charbonnet said. “And so he’s outside the box.”

  2.  When I die, wake we for a few days and empty out my bar…

    The Night Pat Murphy Died – Great Big Sea
    “…the put the bottle with the corpse to keep that whiskey cold!…”

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