New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness honored world-renowned musician Allen Toussaint’s 75th birthday with their April benefit concert “Tribute to Toussaint” at Harrah’s Casino. Toussaint is co-founder of NOAAHH along with Aaron Neville.
The NOAAHH board members pulled off a spectacular group effort to make this event possible and would like to extend their sincere thanks to all the musicians, sponsors and ticket holders who helped make a memorable and successful celebration.
A patron party was hosted directly before the concert in Harrah’s Hotel Ballroom. The menu consisted of offerings from Southern Hospitality Catering Co., such as crawfish brioche, petite crab cakes and Crescent City steak bites; salade tropicale from La Crêpe Nanou; alligator cheesecake from Jacque-imo’s Cafe and crawfish Monica from Kajun Kettle Foods, Inc. NOAAHH President Pierre Hilzim welcomed all sponsors and supporters to the party and saluted Toussaint’s birthday celebration and musical legacy. The talented young musicians of the NOCCA Jazz Quartet also performed at the patron party, featuring Herman LeBeaux III, Brandon Carcamo, Miles Ballard and Brandon Sheldon.
The concert’s all-star lineup included Irma Thomas, Trombone Shorty, Elvis Costello and a special performance by Toussaint himself. Highlights of the concert included: Jon Hornyak Sr., Executive Director of The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter, presenting to Toussaint his Grammy nominee medallions and prominent New Orleans musician Dave Bartholomew, who’s 93, receiving a standing ovation for his influence and accomplishments.
In addition, NOAAHH recently awarded grants to 13 local organizations leading the fight against hunger and homelessness.
Event at a Glance
What: “Tribute to Toussaint Benefit Concert and Patron Party,” benefiting New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness
When: Tuesday, April 30
Where: Harrah's New Orleans Casino