Stars turn out to pay tribute to Allen Toussaint and raise money for NOAAHH

The Times-Picayune: 1st May, 2013

Allen Toussaint celebrated his 75th birthday surrounded by an audience of fans and a stage full of singing stars on Tuesday night at Harrah’s New Orleans Theatre. "A Tribute to Toussaint" raised money for "New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness" (NOAAHH), the nonprofit organization that Toussaint and Aaron Neville co-founded in 1985.

Toussaint, who turned 75 on Jan. 14, is a Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame songwriter, producer and pianist who drew to the stage a host of guest singers, including: Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Irma Thomas, Jon Cleary, Cyril Neville, Deacon John, Joe Stampley and producer/musician Joe Henry.

In addition to being the night’s honoree, Toussaint joined in the performances of his hit songs, such as Irma Thomas' signature hit, "It's Raining." He wrapped the show with "Southern Nights."

LAE Productions and WLAE-TV filmed the show and will use it as the basis of a documentary about Toussaint, similar to the "Fats Domino: Walkin' Back to New Orleans" project.