A profound inspiration to us, the late great Allen Toussaint watches over the Bar LunÀtico bandstand from a mural (painted by Raha Raissnia) on our backdoor. It's his birthday and we're gonna celebrate with a bevy of very special guests. Danny Fox leads the house band. Absolutely not to be missed.
For the uninitiated, Allen Toussaint was a songwriter, arranger, record producer, and immeasurable influential figure in New Orleans R&B from the 1950s to the end of the century, Described as "one of popular music’s great backroom figures," many musicians recorded Toussaint's compositions, including "Java", "Mother-in-Law", "I Like It Like That", "Fortune Teller", "Ride Your Pony", "Get Out of My Life, Woman", "Working in the Coal Mine", "Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky", "Here Come the Girls", "Yes We Can Can", "Play Something Sweet", and "Southern Nights". He was a producer for hundreds of recordings, among the best known of which are "Right Place, Wrong Time", by his longtime friend Dr. John ("Mac" Rebennack), and "Lady Marmalade", by Labelle.