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SHORTY FEST Presented by Presqu’ile
Thursday, April 30 at 7pm
Generations Hall, New Orleans
7:15- Sweet Crude
7:35- New Breed Brass Band
8:00- John Boutte
8:20- Tank & the Bangas
9:05- “Hail to the Chief” Celebrating the legacy of Big Chief Monk Boudreaux with the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians and featuring Davell Crawford, June Yamagishi, Kirk Joseph, Nick Daniels, Raymond Weber, Luther Dickson (of N. Mississippi Allstars) and Billy Kreutzmann (of the Grateful Dead)
9:45- Trombone Shorty Academy Students
10:15- Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Ivan Neville
12:20- Corey Henry & Treme Funktet
New Orleans, LA- The Trombone Shorty Foundation is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual “Shorty Fest” presented by Presqu’ile Winery, a concert benefitting the foundation’s music education programs. The foundation’s mission is to preserve the musical culture of New Orleans by passing its traditions down to the next generation of aspiring artists. This fundraiser will take place on the evening of Thursday, April 30th (in between the two weekends of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival) at Generations Hall (310 Andrew Higgins Drive) and will feature three stages of live music with a full headlining set from Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (the band’s only appearance during the second week of Jazz Fest besides their slot on the Acura Stage on the final day of the festival). Tickets go on sale Tuesday, February, 17th with special “early bird” general admission pricing until March 1st.
Since its inception, Shorty Fest has blended young, emerging local talent with the city’s musical icons to create a unique, homegrown experience that can only be found in New Orleans. “It’s all about keeping our music strong in the future,” says Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, the foundation’s figurehead and founder, who serves as a mentor to the city’s young musicians and whose own musical journey offers a successful road map to these artists following in his footsteps. “When I was young, the older cats did it for me, and now it’s my responsibility and privilege to do the same. That’s what makes our city so special, we pass it on.”
Shorty Fest is loaded with remarkable talent again this year and offers a truly inspirational night-time Jazz Fest experience. A highlight is sure to be the “Hail To the Chief” set, featuring Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and four generations of Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians. Backing up Big Chief Monk will be a stellar ensemble comprised of renowned musicians that have performed with him over the years—June Yamagishi, Nick Daniels, Raymond Weber, Kirk Joseph and Luther Dickinson (of the North Mississippi All-Stars). And some surprises are expected!
The vision of Shorty Fest focuses on the “future” of the city’s musical heritage, and the lineup paints a musical portrait of what’s coming next. “It’s a very bright future,” says Bill Taylor, the foundation’s Founding Executive Director and Shorty Fest producer. “If you are looking for a glimpse at the city’s musical horizon, you’ll see it clearly at Shorty Fest.” This year’s performers diversely reflect that vision, with sets from Tank & The Bangas, Corey Henry & The Treme Funktet, Tysson, Sweet Crude, and the New Breed Brass Band, with more artists to be announced in the coming weeks. Students from the Trombone Shorty Academy at Tulane University will perform with their instructors Edward Lee and Erion Williams from The Soul Rebels and Mainline Brass Band. The evening will also feature “VIP” tickets and a “Patron” party that includes a special set from New Orleans musical legend John Boutte and his band.
Adding to the excitement at this year’s Shorty Fest will be the release of the “Trombone Shorty” children’s book from Abrams Books, which recently received “star” reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, who say about the book —“If a fairy tale were set in New Orleans, this is how it would read.” Copies of the book signed by Trombone Shorty will be available at the event along with an appearance from award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier, who collaborated with Andrews on the publication. Proceeds from the evening’s book sales go to the foundation.
Tickets for Shorty Fest go on sale Mardi Gras Day!
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