Allen Toussaint, one of the most influential figures in New Orleans R&B, unexpectedly passed away in November 2015. Earlier that year, French Quarter Festival was honored to feature the celebrated songwriter, record producer, and musician throughout the 2015 French Quarter Festival – with a performance on the riverfront Abita Stage, participation in the Festival’s Let Them Talk symposium to talk about his life and career, and his attendance at the Festival’s Film Fest, where a new film about him was screened. Toussaint was also the 2015 ‘Face of the Festival’, with his photograph gracing the French Quarter Festival publicity and advertising campaigns. On Friday, April 8, 2016, an official after-party hosted by House of Blues will honor Allen Toussaint. This special event will be a fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting Toussaint’s foundation – New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness. Performers include Leo Nocentelli (The Meters), Big Sam (Big Sam’s Funky Nation), James Andrews, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Davell Crawford, and Robin Barnes. Doors open at 8pm for the 9pm show. Tickets available at the House of Blues Box Office (225 Decatur, 504.310.4975).