By Jack Barnes
New Orleans, LA – The fourth annual Shorty Fest, a benefit concert for the Trombone Shorty Foundation, will fill two stages at the House of Blues New Orleans with an incredible lineup of jazz, blues, funk, rock and soul artists on Thursday, April 28, 2016– in between the two weekends of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Shorty Fest 2016 presented by Presqu’ile Winery is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Trombone Shorty Foundation, which provides an unparalleled program of music education, instruction, mentorship and performance to young, underserved musicians, helping to pass on the unique culture and musical heritage of New Orleans to its youth.
Shorty Fest has built a reputation as a showcase for up-and-coming musicians and honoring the mission of mentorship that is at the heart of the Trombone Shorty Foundation. The event, which sells out every year, has become a new Jazz Fest tradition. This year’s show is moving to a larger location – the House of Blues, 225 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA with doors opening at 8:00 p.m. and performances beginning at 9:00 p.m.
- Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue with Ivan Neville – the only full set Troy Andrews will play during the second weekend of Jazz Fest, other than his headlining set at the Fairgrounds on May 1
- Soul-rockers The Revivalists
- New Breed Brass Band
- Big Chief Juan Pardo and the Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Indians
- Trombone Shorty Academy students
- NOCCA students, led by Wendell Brunious
- Additional special guests to be announced
“Working with these kids, training them in not only the music, but in the business of being a musician, we are making sure that the foundation of New Orleans’ musical heritage is rock solid and will be for generations to come,” said Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. “While the city – and the music – evolves, our job is to help keep the culture as vibrant for the kids coming up today as it was for me.”
As a leading foundation dedicated to preserving New Orleans’ musical heritage, the Trombone Shorty Foundation’s programming includes a partnership with the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University, which houses both the Trombone Shorty Academy and the Fredman Music Business Academy, as well as “Trad Jazz Fridays” at NOCCA, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. High school students at the Fredman Academy join music business students at Tulane to assist in the production and marketing of ShortyFest, creating a real-world learning environment in one of the most dynamic cultural centers in the United States.
Ticket pricing ranges from $80 general admission to $250 VIP tickets, which include an open bar and access to the VIP balcony.
Tickets are on sale now at House of Blues New Orleans box office or Ticketmaster by visiting: www.hob.com/neworleans
For more information or make a donation in support of the Trombone Shorty Foundation, please visit: www.tromboneshortyfoundation.org.
ABOUT THE TROMBONE SHORTY FOUNDATION
Founded by renowned New Orleans musician Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews in 2013, the foundation is Andrews’ vision of sharing his passion to inspire the next generation by developing their musical talent and connecting them to the city’s unique musical heritage. Frontman of the band Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Andrews credits the support of his own positive role models in the rich New Orleans music community for helping him make his way into the world of music, where he has grown into an internationally recognized Grammy Award-nominated artist.
The Foundation partners with Tulane University’s New Orleans Center for the Gulf South to deliver two music education programs offering underserved high school students the opportunity to pursue music as a career: the Trombone Shorty Academy music performance program and the Fredman Music Business Institute. The programs provide mentorship in music performance and education about the business side of the music industry. For more information about the Trombone Shorty Foundation visit www.tromboneshortyfoundation.org.
ABOUT PRESQU’ILE WINERY
Located in the heart of Santa Barbara County’s acclaimed Santa Maria Valley, Presqu’ile (pronounced press-KEEL) is a small winery founded by the Murphy family, who have deep roots in Louisiana. In fact, the name Presqu’ile—the Creole word for “almost an island”—is a tribute to the Murphy’s beloved Gulf Coast family gathering place that was lost in Hurricane Katrina. Presqu’ile is dedicated to making exceptional cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Designed and planted to create a diverse tapestry of vineyard blocks, the sustainably certified, 73-acre Presqu’ile Vineyard features an array of clones, exposures and elevations. Made using this estate fruit, and grapes from a handful of the finest vineyards in the valley, Presqu’ile’s wines capture the essence of their vineyards and vintage, and have earned acclaim for their elegance and balance. To learn more, please visit www.presquilewine.com.
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