Trombone Shorty bringing New Orleans to the Rose

Voodoo Threauxdown with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, New Breed Brass Band and more, August 24, 2018
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Voodoo Threauxdown with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, New Breed Brass Band and more, August 24, 2018

Trombone Shorty is 100 percent New Orleans, as evidenced by his Voodoo Threauxdown Tour with Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and others at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Friday, Aug. 24.

“I tour all year round and you can see how much people love New Orleans music,” he said. “I thought it would be fun to reach out to some of my peers, mentors and family and see if we can take a little bit of New Orleans all over the world for a couple of months. It worked out really well. Everybody was available and really excited to be a part of it. This is a great lineup to bring the history of New Orleans music up to what I’m doing right now.”

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The sounds of the celebrated musical city pump through his veins but the artist born Troy Andrews is not a staunch traditionalist. With his funk rock band, Orleans Avenue, the 32-year-old multi-instrumentalist creates a musical gumbo flavored by the jazz of Wynton Marsalis, the R&B of Alan Toussaint, the funk of the Meters and the hip-hop of Juvenile.

Trombone Shorty presents Voodoo Threauxdown Tour with Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and others at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Friday, Aug. 24. CONTRIBUTED
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Trombone Shorty presents Voodoo Threauxdown Tour with Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and others at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Friday, Aug. 24. CONTRIBUTED

“New Orleans is the reason I’m open to doing different things,” Andrews said. “The city directly influenced me because I was able to walk down the street and play with the Neville Brothers and go into another club and be on stage with the Marsalis family and then go up town and work with Juvenile and Mannie Fresh. We’re all in New Orleans but we all play different styles of New Orleans music, so being in a city like that opened up my mind to look at things like a gumbo.”

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Today, Andrews is one of the prime figures of modern New Orleans music, which has led to some interesting pop culture moments. There were animated projects like “Peanuts Movie” and an episode of “The Simpsons,” and a recent onstage appearance with Elmo and other Jim Henson creations as well as a figure in Shorty’s likeness.

“I never imagined I’d be a Muppet,” he said. “It’s not on the actual TV show but it was great to do the live show with them and sing with Elmo. I never dreamt of that kind of stuff but a lot of great unexpected things have happened because of the music. I’m very happy they even thought of me.

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“Great things keep happening to me that are unplanned,” Andrews said. “It’s not like we worked on them or thought about them, they just happen out of the blue and that’s really cool.”


WANT TO GO?

What: Voodoo Threauxdown with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and others

Where: Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Cost: $23.50-$73

More info: 937-228-2323 or www.ticketmaster.com

Artist info: www.tromboneshorty.net.

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