Community says goodbye to blues legend Tabby Thomas

Tabby Thomas
Tabby Thomas

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The community said goodbye to a music legend, as services for Baton Rouge blues icon Tabby Thomas were held Tuesday morning.

The funeral took place at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. Mayor Kip Holden was among the crowd gathered to pay final respects.

The renowned musician, known for his Louisiana-style, hard-driving blues, died last week. He was the owner of Tabby's Blues Bar, which became a hot spot for blues musicians across the country.

Mourners said his legacy will never be forgotten.

"In true essence, community guy who brought black folk and white folk together," said Collis Temple. "He gave his all."

A musical celebration will be held at the Manship Theatre beginning at 7 p.m. Those scheduled to perform include Kenny Neal and the Neal Family, Henry Gray and the Michael Foster Project. The event is free and open to the public.

"All people worked with Tabby, performed, we'll give him a sendoff," said Alan Abrahams. "With reverence."

Thomas was 84 years old.

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