New Orleans to pay tribute to the great Allen Toussaint
NEW ORLEANS- This city of music is preparing to give a fitting farewell to musical legend Allen Toussaint who died earlier this month at the age of 77.
Throngs of fans, fellow musicians, friends and family were expected to make their way Friday morning to the Orpheum Theater in downtown New Orleans to pay their respects to Toussaint, whose body will be in a closed casket inside the ornate theater.
After the public visitation ends, a lineup of musicians is to perform a musical tribute to Toussaint. The tribute is to be played live on the city's community radio station WWOZ.
Toussaint died from a heart attack on Nov. 10 while on tour in Spain. A private burial is to take place on Saturday.