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Allen Toussaint launches Lyric Theatre concert series tonight
Allen Toussaint launches Lyric Theatre concert series tonight

Allen Toussaint, one of the key architects of New Orleans R&B, rock and soul music over the last half-century, plays a rare small-theater date Monday night. It's the first of a new series of intimate shows at the 250-capacity Lyric Theatre on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles presented by Voila! Gallery. When singer, pianist and songwriter Toussaint came through the Southland in 2010 and 2013, he appeared at UCLA’s 1,800-seat Royce Hall. The 76-year-old New Orleans native has written, produced and performed on hundreds of recording sessions dating to the 1950s, and is the composer of such hits as “Working in a Coalmine,” “Fortune Teller”  and “A...

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