Music is the beating heart of the Big Easy, pumping joy, creativity, and community through the city. To keep it going for the next generation, there’s Shorty Fest, the critical annual fundraiser for Trombone Shorty Foundation. The celebration will light up two stages at the legendary House of Blues on Thursday May, 3rd 2018 starting at 7 pm – right in the middle of Jazz Fest. This year’s lineup is the most eclectic party yet with edgy funk, soulful blues and traditional New Orleans sounds.
Trombone Shorty Foundation students will take center stage – your chance to see emerging talents before they move on to the big leagues. The kids will put on a show that rivals headliners Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews & Orleans Ave, Tank & The Bangas, Soul Rebels, New Breed Brass Band and more. Join us to keep the musical traditions of New Orleans alive for future generations, support talent kids who truly deserve it, and a party you’ll never forget.
This event will sell out, so get your tickets early!
Via House of Blues
This year’s lineup:
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue – 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 and has performed at venues and festivals all over the globe.
Tank and the Bangas – Combining the various musical genres Rhythmic Soul, Spoken Word, Rock, Gospel, Funk, and Folk, Tank and The Bangas have quilted a unique sound that singles them as one of the most distinctive groups to come out of New Orleans.
The Soul Rebels – Eight piece brass ensemble that takes tradition and blends funk and soul with elements of hip hop, jazz and rock. The band built a career around an eclectic live show that harnesses the power of horns and drums in a deep pocket funk party-like atmosphere.
Water Seed – Billboard Top 40 Recording Artist, Water Seed is a progressive innovative band that dares to bring musicianship, dexterity and creativity to Funk, Soul, R&B, Fusion, and Future Funk.
New Breed Brass Band – living and breathing the culture of New Orleans, infusing funk, rock, jazz, and hip-hop into a custom-made enhancement of second-line brass band tradition.
Darcy Malone & The Tangle – New Orleans based Indie, Soul, Rock n Roll band led by Darcy Malone, daughter of the Radiators’ Dave Malone and her husband, singer/guitarist Christopher Boye.
Khris Royal & Dark Matter– Khris Royal & Dark Matter are a young alternative funk band on the forefront of the New Orleans music scene. KRDM are poised to make an impact in a way similar to the other notable funksters from New Orleans. The band is fearlessly led by dynamic saxophonist Khris Royal.
Big Chief Juan Pardo & The Golden Commanches – 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.
Trombone Shorty Academy students – 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.