Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue – Headlines BPAC
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue – Sponsored by the International Conference on the Blues
Food Trucks and Live Music in Sculpture Garden Pre-Show
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will perform live in concert Tuesday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts Center (BPAC) at Delta State University. The concert is locally sponsored by the International Conference on the Blues. Tickets start at $40.00 and are on sale now at the BPAC Ticket Office.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue blend rock riffs and horn blasts with the groove of a New Orleans Street parade. In the last five years, the seven-piece band has backed Macklemore and Madonna at the Grammys; opened for Foo Fighters, Daryl Hall & John Oates and Red Hot Chili Peppers and inherited the annual closing set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest in the tradition of Crescent City greats The Neville Brothers.
New Orleans bandleader, Troy Andrews was raised in one of the City’s most musical families. Andrews got his stage name when he picked up his instrument at four (“My parents pushed me toward trombone because they didn’t need another trumpet player,” he laughs). By eight, he led his own band in parades, halls and even bars. In his teens, Andrews played shows abroad with the Neville Brothers. Fresh out of high school (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts) he joined Lenny Kravitz’ band.
Trombone Shorty’s new album Parking Lot Symphony might be the man’s most heartfelt offering yet. The breezy title track, which Andrews wrote with Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros), is as much about walking the Tremé, being uplifted by the music that seems to seep from every surface, as it is about moving on from a broken heart. But Andrews is clear that this isn’t some kind of breakup record. “It’s a life record,” he says, “about prevailing no matter what type of roadblock is in front of you.” “There’s a lot of hope turning to doubt,” he coos. “I’ve got something to say to them / You don’t know what you’re talking about / When you believe in love, it all works out.” Amen. Now let the horns play us out.
Prior to the Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue concert, weather permitting, there will be a picnic-style dinner in the Sanders Sculpture Garden located in front of the BPAC. Live music will be provided by Betzenzo. Also, Levee Break Grill will have their food truck on-site for dinner purchases. Dinner in the garden will last from 5:30-7:00 pm, and the concert begins in the BPAC at 7:30pm.
Tickets to see Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue are on sale now at www.bolognapac.com or at the BPAC Ticket Office at 662.846.4626. Discounts are available for groups