Trombone Shorty Foundation announced its 7th annual Shorty Fest, presented by Acura, will take place on Wednesday, May 1 on the eve of the historic Rolling Stones performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Shorty Fest will be held at the House of Blues beginning at 8 p.m. With a stacked lineup, Shorty Fest will create an atmosphere full of energy and fun. This year’s festival features, as always, a full headlining performance by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave with special guests. Tickets for the fest go on sale Thursday, February 21 at 10 a.m.
The Trombone Shorty Foundation was founded in 2012 by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. He started the foundation as a way to inspire the next generation by developing their musical talent and connecting them to the city’s unique musical heritage. The foundation offers music performance and music business programs for high school students. The program encourages students to learn about the roots of New Orleans music. From brass band and traditional jazz to more modern funk and rhythm & blues styles, the Trombone Shorty Foundation is exposing young artists to New Orleans’ long music history.
“This is the biggest night of the year for the foundation,” said Andrews. “So much amazing music combined with the spirit of passing it on makes for a magical combination. Let’s keep it going!” Shorty Fest will showcase music on two stages including New Orleans’ brass powerhouse The Soul Rebels with Cuban percussion master Pedrito Martinez, Southern Avenue and the debut of Tribal Gold (The New Orleans Suspects with the Golden Commanche Mardi Gras Indians), the Erica Falls Band, New Breed Brass Band, Lil’ Glenn & Backatown, and artist Saràyah. The performance by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will be the band’s only appearance during the second week of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival other than the closing slot on the festival’s main stage.
“When the Trombone Shorty Academy students, who work so hard all year to prepare for this epic evening, take the stage with Troy,” says Executive Director Bill Taylor, “you are watching past, present, and future all come together. It doesn’t get any better than that!”
The event will be a night that captures every aspect of New Orleans music and provides an opportunity to show support for the Trombone Shorty Foundation. Tickets for the event can be found here.