Allen Tous­saint—Oct. 21st in St. Johns­bury

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Preser­va­tion Hall has ap­peared on­stage with artists rang­ing from Dr. John, Wyn­ton Marsalis, and the Grate­ful Dead, to The Black Keys, Bon­nie Raitt, and Tom Waits. In an Oval Of­fice White House cer­e­mony, the group was awarded the 2006 Na­tional Medal of Arts, the na­tion’s high­est honor for artis­tic ex­cel­lence. In 2010, the San Francisco Ex­am­iner called Preser­va­tion Hall “The best jazz band in the land.”

Allen Tous­saint ranks as a key fig­ure in the de­vel­op­ment of R & B — and his songs have been recorded by a stag­ger­ing ar­ray of artists in­clud­ing Otis Red­ding, Phish, Boz Sk­aggs, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Aaron Neville, The Doors, Glenn Camp­bell, War­ren Zevon, The Yard­birds, Jerry Gar­cia, Paul But­ter­field, Derek Trucks Band, Ringo Starr, Trom­bone Shorty, Three Dog Night, and The Hol­lies. Other col­lab­o­ra­tions in­clude The Band, Paul McCart­ney, Elvis Costello, Bo Did­dley, Levon Helm, and Robert Plant and Ali­son Krauss. Tous­saint’s many awards and recog­ni­tions in­clude his 1998 in­duc­tion into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

El­ton John re­cently re­marked, «When I meet some­one like Allen Tous­saint – that for me is like meet­ing, you know, some­one the equiv­a­lent of the Dalai Lama, be­cause for me, he in­flu­enced the way I played the pi­ano. He’s an his­tor­i­cal part of rock-and-roll.”

The Oc­to­ber 21st con­cert is be­ing pro­duced and pre­sented by King­dom County Pro­duc­tions work­ing in as­so­ci­a­tion with Lyn­don State Col­lege, Pas­sump­sic Sav­ings Bank, Cabot Cream­ery, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Ver­mont, St. Johns­bury Academy, Ver­mont Broad­cast As­so­ciates, Ver­mont Pub­lic Ra­dio, and Cata­mount Arts, which also han­dles box of­fice ser­vices for KCP events. Show spon­sors in­clude: Donna and Jerry Sen­turia, King­dom Tap­room, Peacham Café, Ann Mills, Poin­tFM, and Abel Toll and Ronny Lys­ter of the Au­toSaver Group.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go on­line to King­domCounty.org or con­tact se­ries pro­ducer Jay Craven (jcraven@marl­boro. edu).

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