From August 1 through September 22 Shorty and his band Orleans Avenue logged a 26-date tour of America with the “Voodoo Threauxdown,” a traveling New Orleans-inspired mini-festival that celebrated the city’s Tricentennial and its unique culture. But on Saturday, October 20, 2018 you can join him for his “Hometown Threauxdown” in the city that raised him: New Orleans, Louisiana.
“I got the summer tour idea from our annual Treme Threauxdown in April where I invite a bunch of people that are maybe playing the annual Jazz Fest as well as a bunch of musicians from the neighborhood. We just do a three- to four-hour show where we play all types of music, and I wanted people from other cities who visit for Jazz Fest and those who had never been to New Orleans to experience how we do it, right where they live. We toured that show this summer at amphitheaters and outdoor sheds, and by the end we felt it was time to play outdoors back home in New Orleans. It was a great tour and a lot of fun to be able to play this summer in different areas and different places, playing for different people every night–but we are looking forward to playing at home.”
The show marks the first time Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue has played Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square. “I tour so much I never really get to play at home anymore except at Jazz Fest, and playing the Square will be new for us” says Shorty. “And we’re excited Michael Franti and his band agreed to come be part of it; we’ve played shows with them from New York to Australia so having them in to New Orleans is going to be special.”
In addition to Michael Franti & Spearhead, the bill also includes the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mannie Fresh and the New Breed Brass Band, with more acts and special guests to be announced.
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