Allen Toussaint and Paul Simon were originally scheduled to co-headline the Dec. 8 benefit concert for New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness.
Following Toussaint’s death on Nov. 10 in Spain, the benefit is being recast as a tribute to the beloved New Orleans songwriter, pianist, producer and performer.
The event’s new title is “A Tribute to Allen Toussaint featuring Paul Simon and Friends.”
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our founder and friend, Allen Toussaint,” a statement on NOAAHH’s website reads. “He was a light to NOAAHH, the community and the world. Through his music and his philanthropy he enriched this world. We were blessed to call him our friend. To his family, we send our deepest and heartfelt sympathy and prayers.”
Simon posted a message about Toussaint on his website Tuesday. “Allen Toussaint was my dear friend. The most gifted, gracious and generous man that you could ever want to meet.”
Tickets for the NOAAHH benefit, Tuesday, Dec. 8, at Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré are $500 (includes pre-concert reception and open bar at Dickie Brennans Tableau at 6:30 p.m.) and $300 (includes open bar at 7:30 p.m.
Toussaint, Aaron Neville and other New Orleans musicians launched NOAAHH in 1985. The organization benefits hungry and homeless people in the New Orleans region.
In its 30 years of existence, the non-profit NOAAHH has distributed more than $2 million to more than 50 organizations. Proceeds from NOAAHH concerts and gala celebrity mixers are distributed by NOAAHH to philanthropic agencies and charities experienced in providing food and shelter to those in need.