Our Origin Story
Dating back to 1833, the bones of 3113 Royal are strong and robust. Before becoming The Tigermen Den, the building was last open to the public from 1968 to1997 as ‘Ms Turner’s Bar + Restaurant’. $2.50 lunch plates were served to dock workers who were stationed just a few blocks away on the Mississippi River. In the years between 1997 and 2010 the building had layers of barge board added and removed but never opened for business.
Since New Orleans was the last stop for many barges that came down the Mississippi in the 1800's, these sturdy boats would be disassembled at the docks that now border the famous Bywater Neighborhood. Because of proximity and necessity, the wood planks would be repurposed to build homes all across the Bywater. The "barge" board proved to be the perfect wood for a town that would flood, as it could withstand the waters, and is what now gives the interior of the Tigermen Den it’s unique aesthetic.
In 2011, while still undergoing renovations, an all-female band ‘The Tigermen’ moved into the apartment upstairs and used the vacant downstairs rooms for rehearsal. The name of the building found itself between chords and melodies. The band naturally started referring to their new home as ‘The Tigermen Den’ and the goal of becoming a community arts and events space was ignited by these impassioned sisters.
Today, with a foundering member of the band at the helm we carry on the torch by having the same name and maintaining the goal of serving our musical and artistic community. Our family is filled with a desire to host life-affirming gatherings that bring neighbors together and continue to preserve a time-honored space that invites it’s guests to listen to the walls and contribute to it’s ongoing story.
Recording Studio and more...
Once a Creole corner store in the 1830’s, The Tigermen Den is now an inspiring project of preservation. In 2020 a transition began to haappen as live music events came to a halt. Building out our recording capacity is now the main focus. The recent partnership with Big Tone Records, the acquisition of a Ampex 440 8 track, which was previously at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals circa 1970s, our custom built console, vintage mics and mint acoustics set the stage to ber the premier analog studio in New Orleans. We also will conintue to have a limited live public event calendar show casing the space while booking local talent and be the home to our Non-Profit kids art programing with Art Camp 504. ,
The Tigermen Den Krewe
Small and family style is how we roll. We are a small team who keep the day to day operations moving forward. We are here to answer all of your questions and field your requests. For recording sessions, public events or private gatherings we pull in our local team of artists and industry professionals who make sure all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed.