New Orleans, LA- Tickets are ON SALE NOW for 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). 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. The full lineup is below and on www.tromboneshortyfoundation.org
* Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Ivan Neville
* “Hail to the Chief” with Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Bill Kreutzmann (of Grateful Dead), June Yamagishi, Nick Daniels, Raymond Weber, Kirk Joseph, Davell Crawford, and Luther Dickinson (of North Mississippi Allstars)
* Trombone Shorty Foundation Academy Students led by Edward Lee & Erion Williams (of The Soul Rebels)
* Corey Henry & Treme Funktet
* New Breed Brass Band
* Tank & The Bangas
* TYSSON * Sweet Crude
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.
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.”
Here, Trombone Shorty is seen educating his young horn players at his foundation.