Beat Recommends: Allen Toussaint At Lyric Theater This Monday

Allen Toussaint at UCLA Royce Hall. Photo by Elise Thompson.

Photo by Elise Thompson for the Los Angeles Beat.

You’ve probably been singing along to Allen Toussaint songs for years, whether you know it or not. Deeply rooted in the good-time music of his native New Orleans, Toussaint has decades of hits under his belt, though most of the best-known recorded versions belong to other singers. His funky, laid back compositions – the most natural marriage of funk and pop that could be conceived – gave juice to the Stones (“Fortune Teller”), the Pointer Sisters (“Yes We Can Can”, “Going Down Slowly”), Glen Campbell (“Southern Nights”), Ernie K-Doe (“Mother In Law”) and Lee Dorsey (“Working In A Coalmine”, “Sneaking Sally Through The Alley”, “Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky”), among countless others.

It’s a treat to have the man himself in town for an intimate show at the 250-capacity Lyric Theater. Based on the stellar performance we saw from Toussaint and his band at UCLA last Mardi Gras, we predict you too will decide that everything you do’s gonna be funky from now on. Why would you want it any other way?

Voila! Gallery presents Allen Toussaint and his band at the Lyric Theater, 520 N. La Brea Ave. Monday May 19 at 8:30 pm. Tickets available at Ticketfly.

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