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Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Announce 2024 Summer Dates with Big Boi


By Stevie Connor.



This summer, the high octane of New Orleans' Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue take centre stage on a headlining tour with support from legendary Big Boi from Outkast. The run will begin in June and includes the Hollywood Bowl in LA on September 4.  An additional date in June includes The Rooftop at Pier 17 with support from Neal Francis.


Trombone Shorty recently teamed up with his childhood friend Sammy Cyrus for a special project named Saint Brass. Ahead of Mardi Gras festivities, the duo has dropped "Mardi Gras Morning," an irresistibly joyful track that captures the vibrant spirit of New Orleans.


It will be another busy year for the New Orleans ambassador and road warrior. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue just announced that their beloved Treme Threauxdown concert will return for its eighth year, taking place at New Orleans' Saenger Theatre on Saturday, April 27 during the first weekend of the Jazz and Heritage Festival. The list of guest stars will be revealed soon, but past shows have seen everyone from Jon Batiste, Mavis Staples, Allen Toussaint, and Dr. John to Eric Church, Usher, Joan Jett, and Gary Clark, Jr., and have also included surprise appearances by artists from Nick Jonas to Dierks Bentley to Steve Miller to Wyclef Jean. 


On February 16, just three days after Mardi Gras, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will embark on the first-ever Shorty Gras tour, bringing their high-energy New Orleans party to the East Coast for a special 3-week run of performances. They’ll be joined by another New Orleans staple, The Soul Rebels. Shorty Gras has become a beloved New Orleans tradition since its inaugural year in 2020, a featured event as part of the Krewe de Freret Parade in the lead-up to Mardi Gras (the Krewe de Freret Parade was scheduled for February 3, 2024).  Trombone Shorty leads the parade on his own signature float, and concludes with the Shorty Gras ball at Mardi Gras World, featuring a who’s who of musical guests. Previous performers include Juvenile, Mannie Fresh, Flo Rida, Big Freedia, Tank and the Bangas, Rebirth Brass Band. This year, Shorty will bring this distinctly New Orleans Mardi Gras party on the road for the first time. 


Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue just returned from a five-day cultural exchange trip to Cuba, which took place from January 11-15. It marked the third edition of the “Getting Funky in Havana” festival, celebrating the New Orleans – Cuba connection through music. The highlight was a mega concert on January 13 at Club 500, where Trombone Shorty, Orleans Avenue, and Cuban legends Los Van Van and Wampi drew a record-breaking crowd of over 15,000 people, the largest in Cuba in the last four years. Additionally, Trombone Shorty cohosted the largest U.S-Cuba jam session at Havana’s Fabrica de Arte Cubano, featuring over 30 artists from both countries. A centerpiece of the event was the collaboration with Guillermo Tomas Music Conservatory, with Trombone Shorty's Foundation donating instruments to the school through a partnership with Horns to Havana.


Trombone Shorty also produced New Breed Brass Band’s debut album “Made In New Orleans” (released last April), which was led by his nephew, Jenard Andrews, and was nominated for a GRAMMY for "Best Regional Roots Music Album.”  It was also recorded at Shorty’s Buckjump studio.  Other recent highlights include performing at the MusiCares gala during 2023’s GRAMMY Awards weekend and celebrating a decade of playing the closing set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. In 2022, Shorty released “Lifted,” his most recent album, and has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Good Morning America, Today Show, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade for the past three years. He also won a GRAMMY for his work on Jon Batiste’s Album of the Year-winning “We Are.”

 


TOUR DATES

June 11: Koka Booth Amphitheatre; Cary, NC *

June 13: Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater; Bridgeport, CT *

June 14: Leader Bank Pavilion; Boston, MA *

June 16: The Rooftop at Pier 17; New York, NY ^

June 18: Rose Music Center at The Heights; Huber Heights, OH *

June 20: Cain Park Evans Amphitheater; Cleveland Heights, OH *

September 4: Hollywood Bowl; Los Angeles, CA *


*with Big Boi

^with Neal Francis





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