Tag Archives: Allen Toussaint

Photos: 2014 Sounds of New Orleans Benefit Concert

Some of the best musicians New Orleans has to offer got together on Saturday, July 19 for the 2014 Sounds of New Orleans Benefit Concert. The night of music at the Mahalia Jackson Theater helped raise money for the St. Jude Community Center, which provides food and other services to the homeless population of New [...]

A.J. Croce to Play a Pair of Shows in New Orleans in July

A.J. Croce’s ties to New Orleans run deep. Having opened 60 touring dates for the Neville Brothers and completed an early and unfortunately scrapped album with Johnny Vidacovich and James Singleton in the 1990s, Croce’s musical soul has found kindred spirits in many of the city’s musicians. The singer songwriter and only son of the [...]

20 Feet From Stardom: Erica Falls Steps Up

It’s a question that Erica Falls hears often enough: “If you’re this good, how come I never heard of you before?” As a soloist, she’s been performing for the better part of two decades; as a backup singer, she’s appeared or recorded with heavyweights from John Fogerty to Irma Thomas to Sting. But when she [...]

Beauty and Diversity: Celebrating Jazz Fest 2014

Celebrating Jazz Fest 2014 made all the better with delightful weather. By Frank Etheridge, Jon Garelick, David Kunian, Stephen Maloney, Brett Milano, Clea Simon, John Swenson, Dan Willging and Geraldine Wyckoff. Take a look back at what made Jazz Fest 2014 so special, from the perspective of OffBeat’s krewe of writers, reviewers and photographers.   [...]

Jazz Fest 2014 Brings in 435,000 People

The attendance numbers for Jazz Fest 2014 show a slight increase over 2013, mainly due to two consecutive weekends of pristine weather – a rarity in the 45 year history of the festival. With approximately 435,000 fans attending the seven day festival, this year topped the 2013 tally of 425,000 attendees, but was still eclipsed [...]

NOBA Premiers Parsons Dance with Allen Toussaint on May 10

For decades, the music of Allen Toussaint has been making people move, but his recent collaboration with the New Orleans Ballet Association is taking that effect to new heights. Renowned ballet choreographer and dancer David Parsons handpicked a selection of songs from Toussaint’s wide-ranging career for his Parsons Dance company to use in a new [...]

Photos: Saturday, May 3 at Jazz Fest 2014 by Willow Haley

From Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band on the Acura stage to local legend Allen Toussaint earlier in the day, the penultimate day of Jazz Fest 2014 had a little bit of everything. And that was just on one stage. Mardi Gras Indians, amateur chefs, OffBeat enthusiasts, the Revivalists, and happy fans were all [...]

NOAAHH Distributes $42,000 in Local Grants in 2013

On December 8, the New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness (NOAAHH) organization presented its 2013 charity grants to 15 non-profits serving the greater New Orleans region during the annual winter gala of the Bread for the World organization’s local chapter at Loyola University. Co-founded in 1985 by Allen Toussaint, the NOAAHH selects local individuals [...]

Twelve Louisiana Artists Nominated for 2014 Grammy Awards

The year 2013 is drawing to a close, and that means annual awards shows are around the corner. Our own music awards show, the Best of the Beat, honoring New Orleans and Louisiana artists for their accomplishments this year, arrives on Saturday, January 18, 2014. But the national Recording Academy’s anticipated event of the year [...]

Allen Toussaint, Songbook (Rounder)

What’s surprising about this live album isn’t so much the music, but the talking in between. The year 2009 was a late-career peak for Allen Toussaint, who was still on a roll from his Elvis Costello collaboration three years earlier. In 2009, he did the well-received jazz album The Bright Mississippi, but instead of touring [...]