Shorty Fest 2023 Presented by Acura

Shorty Fest Presented by Acura will take place at Tipitina’s on Monday, May 1! Brought to you by the Trombone Shorty Foundation with support from Gia Maione Prima Foundation and Tip-It Foundation, the 10th Annual Shorty Fest Presented by Acura is our way of bringing the community together to preserve the future of our music culture. This year’s musical lineup features performances by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Galactic feat. Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph, Tank and the Bangas, “The Havana Funk Experience” with Cimafunk and special guests, and students from the Trombone Shorty Academy.

Our FREE outdoor “Cultural Block Party” starts at 5pm. We’ll also have a tent on the neutral ground to house our silent auction and outdoor VIP area. The Cultural Block Party celebrates the city’s rich cultural heritage in a uniquely New Orleans way—joyfully out in the street! Tipitina’s will block off Napoleon Avenue in front of the venue and welcome music fans of all ages to join in. “10 years ago we created the foundation to give back to our city’s young musicians,” says Bill Taylor, Founding Executive Director. “As we commemorate a decade of Shorty Fests, we wanted to present our community with a truly special experience that is uniquely New Orleans. So let’s take it to the street!” Thank you also to support from sponsors Wheatley Vodka and Southern Comfort.

Tipitina’s Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony this year will honor Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews! The honor is given to musicians who have earned their place in New Orleans’ revered music history. Recipients are recognized as cultural icons in our community and have provided countless inspiration to rising young musicians and performers. Past Walk of Fame awardees have included Fats Domino, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers and Galactic.


5pm – 5:20pmKnockaz Brass Band
5:20pm – 5:40pmOriginal Pinettes Brass Band
5:40pm – 6pmBattle of the Marching Bands featuring Sophie B. Wright High School and McDonogh 35 High School Marching Bands
6pm – 6:20pmRising Stars Fife and Drum Band
6:20pm – 6:40pmRAM (from Haiti)
6:40pm – 6:50pmTrombone Shorty Academy Alumni
6:50pm – 7:10pmTrombone Shorty Academy
7:10pm – 7:30pmTroy Walk of Fame Induction 
7:30pm – 7:50pmBig Chief Juan Pardo & The Golden Commanches

Bid on silent auction items like a custom trombone signed by Trombone Shorty, one-of-a-kind artwork, and more. Proceeds from the sale of all auction items benefit the Trombone Shorty Foundation. Stay tuned for more info on our auction!

“I am so proud to see how far we’ve come, and how many students’ lives we’ve impacted. As for getting a spot on Tipitina’s Walk of Fame… I am extremely honored to have a place among so many music legends who came before me. I hope to continue to play it forward, so I can watch the next generation of New Orleans musicians showcase their talent to the world!” — Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews

We need your support! Click HERE to donate or text “GIVE” to (504) 509-5010.

Thank you to Acura, our Presenting Sponsor, for their generous continued support, to supporting sponsor the Gia Maione Prima Foundation, and sponsors Wheatley Vodka and Southern Comfort.

In 2016, Acura joined forces with the Trombone Shorty Foundation as Official Automotive Partner and presenting partner of Shorty Fest, the Foundation’s largest fundraising event. With an additional grant contribution from American Honda announced today, Acura’s support of the Trombone Shorty Foundation tops $100,000 in 2023. The new contribution will support the Trombone Shorty Academy, enhancing mobility by providing free transportation to all students enrolled in the program. 

Acura is a leading automotive nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to expressive styling, high-performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability. The Acura lineup currently features four distinctive models – the next-gen Integra sport compact, TLX sport sedan, the RDX and MDX sport-utility vehicles, along with high-performance Type S variants. Acura’s first all-electric model will be an SUV, the ZDX and ZDX Type S, and will arrive in 2024. All Acura vehicles sold in America are made in the U.S., using domestic and globally sourced parts.

In 2011, the Gia Maione Prima Foundation was established with the assistance of long-time friend and counsel, Anthony J. Sylvester of Sherman Atlas Sylvester & Stamelman LLP.  Gia Maione Prima was a singer and the widow of Louis Prima, the famous jazz musician, singer and composer from New Orleans. The GMPF makes donations to tax-exempt organizations supporting and encouraging an appreciation for American jazz, American popular music and jazz performance as well as the fine arts.

Wheatley craft vodka comes from the world’s most award-winning distillery, backed by 200 years of distilling experience. Buffalo Trace Distillery is known for its legendary bourbons like Pappy Van Winkle, Weller, E.H. Taylor, and Blanton’s, but the Distillery has a long history of crafting other spirits, including vodka.

Southern Comfort was created in 1874, by a man born to do things his own way. M.W. Heron wondered, why does whiskey have to be so harsh and overpowering? Why can’t it be smooth, easygoing, downright delicious? His recipe, blending stone fruits and spices, created an iconic American taste. Nearly 150 years later, Southern Comfort is as one-of-a-kind as ever. Satisfying on its own. Delicious in any mixed drink. No other spirit is so comfortable however you drink it. Or whoever you drink it with.