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Music: New Orleans’ Best Make Shorty Fest 2018 a Night to Remember

Trombone Shorty joins the teens from his Trombone Shorty Academy for a horn-filled set during the annual Shorty Fest fundraiser held at House of Blues in New Orleans on May 3, 2018. Photo courtesy of Andy J. Gordon ©.

By Jenny Peters and Andy J. Gordon

When it comes to giving back, Trombone Shorty (aka Troy Andrews) knows exactly how to keep the music of New Orleans going for the next generation. His Trombone Shorty Foundation and its Trombone Shorty Academy provide musically gifted high-school kids with a chance to study the rich music of that famed Louisiana city, which is the place where jazz (and funk and soul) music was born.

Naturally, the foundation accepts donations all year round, but it is during the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival that Shorty and his musical friends (and the students, too) really put on a show, one that helps support their efforts for the rest of the year.

Tank and the Bangas perform during the annual Shorty Fest fundraiser held at House of Blues in New Orleans on May 3, 2018. Photo courtesy Trombone Shorty Foundation/Caitlyn Ridenour.

That’s the Shorty Fest, which in 2018 returned to the House of Blues in the French Quarter on May 3 to celebrate its sixth year of celebrating for a great cause. With Acura as a presenting sponsor, the event featured two stages full of talented musicians from many genres – think jazz, blues, funk, rock and soul – as well as a large silent auction and plenty of libations to keep the extremely happy crowd in the mood to dance the night away.

Water Seed wowed the crowd at the annual Shorty Fest fundraiser held at House of Blues in New Orleans on May 3, 2018. Photo courtesy Trombone Shorty Foundation/Caitlyn Ridenour.

Hot NOLA band Tank and the Bangas were a highlight of the night, as the music began at 7 p.m. and went well into the night. The Soul Rebels, Water Seed, the New Breed Brass Band, Darcy Malone & The Tangle, Khris Royal & Dark Matter all kept the place jumpin’ throughout the evening. And for an added bonus (for both the kids and adults), Big Chief Juan Pardo & The Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Indians wore their handmade, feather-and-bead costumes while putting on a lively show.

Big Chief Juan Pardo & The Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Indians in costume during the annual Shorty Fest fundraiser held at House of Blues in New Orleans on May 3, 2018. Photo courtesy Trombone Shorty Foundation/Caitlyn Ridenour.

Then Trombone Shorty, the famed horns virtuoso who is definitely taller than his trombone these days, joined the teenagers from his foundation’s programs for a set filled with the sounds of tubas, saxophones, clarinets, drums, and, of course, their trumpets and trombones.

Trombone Shorty, the force behind the Trombone Shorty Foundation and Trombone Shorty Academy, blows his horn during the annual Shorty Fest fundraiser held at House of Blues in New Orleans on May 3, 2018. Photo courtesy of Andy J. Gordon ©.

Trombone Shorty with some of the talented kids in the Trombone Shorty Academy during the annual Shorty Fest fundraiser held at House of Blues in New Orleans on May 3, 2018. Photo courtesy of Andy J. Gordon ©.

That was a showcase of what the Shorty Foundation has accomplished, as the boys and girls in the band really made those horns cook. Then it was time for Trombone Shorty and his band Orleans Avenue to take over the main stage for a rousing finale that left everyone jubilant – both because of an incredible night of New Orleans’ influenced music and because of being there to help keep those traditions alive in the children of the Crescent City.

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue close out the annual Shorty Fest fundraiser held at House of Blues in New Orleans on May 3, 2018. Photo courtesy of Andy J. Gordon ©.

Check out our coverage of other shows going on around New Orleans during weekend 2 of Jazz Fest here. Our recap of the second weekend of the festival is also available here. Our recap of the NOLA Crawfish Festival during the days in between Jazz Fest Weekends is here. Our recap of the first weekend of Jazz Fest is here. Our recap of shows going on during weekend 1 is here.

 

About Andy J. Gordon (217 Articles)
Andy J. Gordon, a Los Angeles-based marketing and strategy consultant, made his writing debut in “Brentwood” magazine in 2007. His interests include music, sports, consumer electronics, premium libations, fine dining, travel, fast cars, and enjoying life.