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ABOUT US

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HISTORY

Once a Creole dry goods store in the 1830’s, a general store in the 1920's and soul food restaurant from the 1960's-90's,  The Tigermen Den is now an inspiring project of preservation and community collaboration. 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 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.

Historic Tigermen Den building on the corner of Royal and Cloulet in the New Orleans Bywater. Orange roof and shutters with white walls. Preserved architecture.
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Mrs. Turner and her husband - Former owner of Tigermen Den Building. This beautiful, almost 200 years old building possesses a rich history of powerful female entrepreneurs who loved their community. Ms.Turner opened up a soul food restaurant in the 1950’s. She was the first black female business owner in the neighborhood.
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WOMEN OF THE TIGERMEN DEN

This beautiful, almost 200 years old building possesses a rich history of powerful female entrepreneurs who loved their community. The Tigermen Den building has always been, since its genesis, a female owned and operated business.

 

Built by a father for his daughter, in the early days of the Bywater's formation in the 1830's. You could still see the river from Royal st. Where small fruit tree fields stretched between the scattered homes. Many immigrants moving to New Orleans found their way to the Bywater as the French Quarter filled. She ran the store and fed the neighborhood.

 

Later, Ms.Turner opened up a soul food restaurant in the 1950’s. She was the first black female business owner in the neighborhood. Even after a community member shot her husband dead, she stayed open for business to feed the neighborhood all the way until 1997 as ‘Ms Turner’s Bar + Restaurant.  She served $2.50 lunch plates to dock workers stationed just a few blocks away on the Mississippi River. 

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.

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THE TEAM

Small and family style is how we roll. We are a small but mighty team committed to holding space for the community day to day through our work. We love art, music, friends, family, and dogs. We are here to answer all of your questions and field your requests.  

 

We pull in a local team of artists and industry professionals to provide accessible high quality services and programming to our community.

Leesaw Audre Andaloro, "The Tiger Itself" Black and whit eportrait. Leesaw is the Creative Director and Event Coordinator at the Tigermen Den.

LEESAW AUDRE ANDALORO

CREATIVE DIRECTOR / EVENT COORDINATOR

"The Tiger Itself." Leesaw Audre Andaloro (she/her) has worked for the last 25+ years as a promoter and producer of cultural events aimed at exposing a wider audience to emerging artists and hidden gems in NYC, NOLA and Paris. Arriving in New Orleans in 2004 she fulfilled a life dream of calling this city home.  Taking a look at the landscape of the Bywater after Katrina she knew she wanted to be part of rebuilding.  The Tigermen Den was born.   When she is not hosting fabulous public and private  parties, she is working in the music industry as an artist  and recording studio manager.  Keep a look out for her  leading the charge at Art Camp504 community public events making sure a good time is had by all. She is also a dog mom to Freddie King, a lover of New Orleans history,  bass player for the odd project around town and maker of killer road trip playlists.

Sam Bass black and white portrait in mardi gras headress. Sam Bass is an artist and Edexutive Director at The Tigermen Den.

SAM BASS

ART CAMP 504 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT THE TIGERMEN DEN

Sam Bass is an artist, educator and organizer. Her interest in the arts and education developed while teaching in the New Orleans school system. She began her career teaching Kindergarten at Mildred Osborne Charter School for three years, gaining professional development and training within the field of education. Sam has worked in the New Orleans Film Industry since 2015 and is a member of the Local IATSE 478 union. She works in the Set Dec and Props departments and has a wide range of experience in both big budget and independent films. She also creates art installations for events and parties, and has received grants to bring her work to festivals in Louisiana and Miami. Sam founded Art Camp 504 to combine both her love of education and art, recognizing the need for more artistic opportunities for young people in New Orleans.

Same DooresPorch Black and white portait sitting in chair on porch. Sam Doores is a producer for the Tigermen Den emerging artist incubator which works with local musicians to develop their talent and record albums. Member of the Deslondes. Producer of Sabina McCalla full length album.

SAM DOORES

MUSICIAN / VOCALIST / PRODUCER

Host of For the Sake of the Song, a monthly songwriter series that runs from Fall - Spring at The Tigermen and artist in residence, Sam Doores cut his teeth as a Bay Area-born teen troubadour busking around the U.S. before he got his first real break with a steady gig at an Irish pub in New Orleans. In that same city he co-created some of the last decade’s most arresting socially-conscious anthems with Hurray for the Riff Raff and made sparkling folk- and country-derived excursions with his own band, The Deslondes. In 2020 he released his first self titled album , recorded primarily in Berlin and filled with echoes of everything from Tin Pan Alley to the Mississippi hill country, from French Quarter jazz to California psychedelic-folk-rock.  

 

Presently producing his first full length album for Sabine McCalla, Sam Doores is stepping in to his stride. In the producer role his calm presence, creative ideas and ability to deeply listen all blend to foster a supportive  environment for those he works with. After a decade of long tours he feels right at home behind the control board and alongside a musician in the studio working out a part. 


 

Moving forward, look to have Sam Doores continue to rotate from solo act to band lead singer to drummer to producer, to promoter, to friend, to family man, to musical history buff. The tread of passion for his community and making quality music runs through them all.

Anders "Ormen" Christopherson is the studio manager at the Tigermen Den and a producer for the emerging artist incubator in the Lower 9th ward of New Orleans.

Anders 'Ormen' Christopherson

STUDIO MANAGER / PRODUCER / MUSICIAN

Anders joins us from Denmark from October- May each year to be part of putting on our live events and scouting local talent to record and produce at our studio  in the Lower 9 which he runs  alongside Leesaw Andaloro. Capturing the essence of local emerging singer songwriters while bringing his artistic edge as a producer, Anders recognizes the huge poll of talent right here in the crescent city.  The studio operates not for  hire but instead provides free recordings to selected artists and support for licensing and publishing tracks recorded. A grassroots approach to uplighting artists is the main objective.  The Recording Booth Project and support for emerging  musicians are the main objective.  Come say hi to him as he is often running the door at our live music events.

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FREDDIE KING

CEO

Born and raised in the 9th ward, Freddie King, aka A girl named Fred, is a nature leader. With her empathy and keen eye for kind souls she directs the team at The Tigermen Den with a strong vision for inclusiveness and love. She is known for giving some of the best hugs ever.  Maintaining the historical building is also one of her passions and 3113 Royal is the oldest structure in the Bywater open to the public.  When not working on spreadsheets or hosting events  she is often seen in the French Quarter dog park or riding shotgun with her best friend. She still has not learned to drive but hopes to one day get there. Often a guest teacher at Art Camp 504 and does a great job of catching all children snacks that happen to be dropped on the floor.

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THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY & FRIENDS

The Tigermen Den is able to provide accessible cultural programming and arts education scholarships through the continued support of our community partners and patrons. Thank you for partnering with us in our mission to create space for creativity and connection in the New Orleans Bywater neighborhood.

We pull in a local team of artists and industry professionals to provide accessible high quality services and programming to our community.

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