Toasting Toussaint

Documentary film premiere of Toussaint: A Tribute.
Photographed By Melissa Calico
Reid Wick and Cyril Neville

Dr. Allen Toussaint is truly a living legend. With hit songs like “Southern Nights,” Toussaint continues to bring to life the great tradition of Big Easy funk, while also doing great work for his community. On April 30, the New Orleans Museum of Art hosted a special film premiere of Toussaint: A Tribute, which honors this wonderful musician and activist.

The documentary film included footage from last year’s concert extravaganza that was organized by New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness (NOAHH), which has raised more than $1 million since its inception 30 years ago. The 2013 concert was a heartfelt tribute to the musician. The film also includes musical performances by other greats, like Elvis Costello and Dr. John, who performed in honor of Toussaint. Additionally, Cyndi Lauper, Jimmy Buffett and Robert Plant were among the star-studded cast who discussed Toussaint’s importance to the music industry and his almost impossibly far-reaching influence.
After the film screening, guests were treated to an exclusive discussion about the film, led by none other than Toussaint himself, executive producer of the film Jim Dotson and executive producer Greg Buisson.

Kajun Kettle served its signature crawfish Monica at the screening, and Ralph Brennan’s also provided guests with the perfect food for a perfect night.


EVENT AT A GLANCE

What:  Film Premiere of Toussaint: A Tribute, benefiting New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness
When:  Wednesday, April 30
Where:  New Orleans Museum of Art