Allen Toussaint—Oct. 21st in St. Johnsbury
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).