UPDATE Just got amazing Comment from man claiming (and I believe him) to be the father of the kid playing "Tipitina." He writes: "Ironic that you quote T. S. Eliot at the head of your blog. The Bar Mitzvah Boy's name happens to be Eliot--named after his father, who's named after T. S. Eliot.
"It was great he was asked to play that song in the role--he's been playing it for years and it was the song he played when he first auditioned for Treme over 2 years ago." And here's more from the Dad and photo.
Earlier: Amazing final episode of the season for often uneven Treme, lot of loose ends tied up well, but highlighted by Simon's use of what I have long promoted as our true "national anthem." First we watch "Tipitina" performed at a bar mitzvah, with the bar mitzvah boy himself taking the keys. Then the usual season-ending montage is accompanied by five minutes or more of the good professor, Longhair, singing his classic over and over. Could have gone on forever for me.
But perhaps many of you have never actually seen Fess perform it, so here he is, with the Meters, no less.