Trombone Shorty and Soulive Set to Funkify Summerstage
Everyone has moments where all sorts of factors are lined up to get you in a specific spot at a festival to catch a band. At the Newport Jazz Festival two years ago, I was presented with an incredibly difficult decision. Do I go to Wynton Marsalis, the headliner of the day, or Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue? At Newport, the answer would have seemed obvious; however, in a somewhat lazy, somewhat prudent move to avoid the crowds, I chose to see Trombone Shorty. His hour-long set made the lengthy trek up to Rhode Island worth every second.
The 27-year-old trombonist/trumpeteer/singer has the showmanship of Mick Jagger, and the chops of Louis Armstrong. If these sound like lofty comparisons, this road-tested six-piece band has lived up to their billing as being the most entertaining group currently gracing the stage this side of The Roots. Playing his annual New York City headlining show on Monday, July 22, there is a whole festival atmosphere coming along.
Joining Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue is a pair of fantastic acts that have shared the stage with the group a number of times at JazzFest in New Orleans, the first of which is Anders Osborne. Osborne, who calls New Orleans his home, exudes New Orleans in his mannerisms and his musical style. Since 1989, Osborne has been touring and releasing some of the most interesting and diverse albums, staying true to the very "gumbo" nature of music that comes out of New Orleans as he has been able to meld all of his influences.
The other band opening up the night for Trombone Shorty is Soulive. Without question the funkiest band to ever play without a traditional bass player (keys player Neal Evans uses his left-hand to play bass lines on the bass keys), this trio featuring Alan Evans on drums and Eric Krasno on guitar, are known for their legendary "Bowlive" runs at the Brooklyn Bowl. This annual tradition brings guests out of the wood-work, much in the tradition of JazzFest, another event they are annual mainstays at.
Overall, this promises to be a fantastic night of music from the first notes of Anders Osborne to the last notes of Trombone Shorty and will certainly not be something you want to miss. Tickets are being sold for $35 and can be purchased here. The show is set to begin at 6 p.m., and with an early curfew, you are not going to want to get there a minute late!