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Shorty Fest 2017 Musician Bios

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue is a hard-edged funk band that employs hip-hop beats, rock dynamics and improvisation in a jazz tradition. They’ve rocked audiences headlining New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival since 2013 in the coveted closing spot, recently toured with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and performed at venues and festivals all over the globe. Troy Andrew’s co-authored children’s book “Trombone Shorty” garnered media attention and was consistently in the “Best Seller” list for its category on Amazon, and Troy was honored this fall with the prestigious Heinz Award for his philanthropic work with his Foundation. Loved by fans worldwide, Trombone Shorty represents the next generation of New Orleans music stars and is easily one of the most powerful acts to ever emerge from New Orleans.

Shared history in the Shreveport music scene brought the Seratones together several years ago. In a city of multiple genres, no fixed musical identity and a flood of cover bands, these adventurous musicians carved out their own path, personifying the do-it-yourself ethos. The band serve up a combination of Southern musicality, and garage rock ferocity.

New Breed Brass Band lives and breathes the culture of New Orleans, infusing funk, rock, jazz, and hip-hop into a custom-made enhancement of second-line brass band tradition. Honing their childhood experiences playing music with their families, and on through high school marching bands and concert ensembles, the nine members of New Breed are united to one cause: rocking each show and entertaining audiences to the maximum degree possible.

After forming in 2010 at Indiana University, The Main Squeeze began selling out clubs to frenzied college students in just a few short months. From Red Rocks to High Sierra Festival, the band’s captivating live performances have since earned them a devoted national following and even caught the interest of legendary producer, Randy Jackson, who produced their latest album.

Sexual Thunder! is a high-energy psychedelic funk band from New Orleans, formed in 2012. Blending contemporary synth and electronic percussion sounds with classic funk instrumentation and six-part vocal harmonies, Sexual Thunder! lights up the dance floor with creative expression of sexual energy. Major influences include Prince, Parliament Funkadelic, James Brown, D’Angelo, The Talking Heads, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Thundercat and Kendrick Lamar.

MainLine is a New Orleans-based 8-piece funk/hip-hop/soul ensemble that started with an idea by sousaphonist Edward Lee – to build a group with traditional New Orleans brass band horns and add a funk/jam band feel with guitars, organ/keyboards, and drum set while incorporating modern hip-hop elements. Their repertoire consists of original music, hits from the greats like James Brown, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Michael Jackson, and some contemporary arrangements of today’s hits.

Big Chief Juan Pardo’s music is an electrifying display of a culture that dates back over two hundred years in New Orleans, the Mardi Gras Indian tradition. Chief Juan’s soulful voice and percussion-heavy tribal music are sure to move any audience. Voices of a Nation is a new project formed by Big Chief Juan Pardo.

The Peterson Brothers possess a uniquely modern blend of blues, soul, and funk. Alex, 17, on bass and vocals, and Glenn Jr., 20, on guitar and lead vocals, have grown up playing together since they were very young. Rising stars in Austin, Texas, the Peterson Brothers have opened for internationally touring artists, including Buddy Guy, and held their own on festival stages across the country.

The Trombone Shorty Academy provides aspiring underserved high school musicians mentorship and experience in music performance, reading and writing while teaching New Orleans musical traditions like brass-band, traditional Jazz, Blues and gospel, Mardi Gras Indian funk, Hip-Hop, and Shorty’s own hybrid sound of “SupaFunkRock.” The Academy combines education in the region’s rich musical history with immersion in a performance ensemble under the guidance of musicians Erion Williams, Edward Lee, and and Julian Gosin of New Orleans’ own The Soul Rebels, and Jenard Andrews of New Breed Brass Band.

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Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and friends will celebrate the launch of the Trombone Shorty Foundation and the Trombone Shorty Academy, a partnership with Tulane University’s New Orleans Center for the South, on Thurs., May 2 at Generations Hall in New Orleans. Special entertainment includes performances by founding students from the Trombone Shorty Academy, Trombone Shorty and special guests. To find out about event sponsorship opportunities, please contact Bill Taylor, the foundation’s executive director, by completing the form below or calling

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