COVID-19: ‘The Bitter End’ for nation’s live music venues?

  • In this Oct. 26, 2020, photo, Anjelika "Jelly" Joseph performs with the band Galactic for a video stream concert, inside an empty Tipitina's music club, which the band owns, in New Orleans. Music clubs all over the nation — pop culture icons like the Troubadour in West Hollywood, the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, The Bitter End in New York's Greenwich Village — are shuttered due to the coronavirus. And owners fear for the future of their businesses and of a musical way of life. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

  • Production engineers record the band Galactic for a video stream concert Oct. 26, inside an empty Tipitina’s music club, which the band owns, in New Orleans. (AP Photos/Gerald Herbert)

  • Ivan Neville is seen on a camera monitor sitting in with the band Galactic, as they record for a video stream concert Oct. 26. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

  • Pianist Josh Paxton performs a livestream concert April 29 from inside the closed and empty Maple Leaf Bar during the coronavirus pandemic in New Orleans.

  • In this April 29, 2020, photo, pianist Josh Paxton performs a livestream concert from inside the closed and empty Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans. Music clubs all over the nation — pop culture icons like the Troubadour in West Hollywood, the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, The Bitter End in New York's Greenwich Village — are shuttered. And owners fear for the future of their businesses and of a musical way of life. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NEW ORLEANS — The venerable New Orleans funk band Galactic purchased the historic music club Tipitina’s in late November 2018 and, according to bassist Robert Mercurio, was making a go of it.