Troy ‘Trombone Shorty’ Andrews has God-given talent, natural charisma, and a relentless drive to merge many musical genres. His new album opens with a dirge, but if you think the beloved bandleader, singer, songwriter and horn-blower came here to mourn, you got it all wrong. That bit of beautiful New Orleans soul—”Laveau Dirge No. 1,” named after one of the city’s most famous voodoo queens—shows off our host’s roots before Parking Lot Symphony branches out wildly, wonderfully, funkily across 12 diverse cuts. True to its title, this album contains multitudes of sound—from brass band blare and deep-groove funk, to bluesy beauty and hip-hop/pop swagger—and plenty of emotion all anchored, of course, by stellar playing and the idea that, even in the toughest of times, as Andrews says, “Music brings unity.”
Captivating on stage, Trombone Shorty and his longtime band, Orleans Avenue – guitarist Pete Murano, bassist Mike Ballard and drummer Joey Peebles – consistently bring audiences to their feet, dancing in appreciation.
On Saturday, February 2, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will play Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street. 8:00 pm. The show is sold out, but check at Lyte.com for ticket exchanges available. 21 & over. Portland R&B/funk/soul artist Lilla opens the show.