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Trombone Shorty coming to Penn’s Peak

Published July 15. 2019 02:17PM

Penn’s Peak announces Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue on stage at 8 p.m. Sept. 19.

Trombone Shorty’s new album opens with a dirge, but if you think the beloved bandleader, singer, songwriter and horn-blower born Troy Andrews came here to mourn, you got it all wrong. True to its title, this album contains multitudes of sound—from brass band blare and deep‐groove funk, to bluesy beauty and hip‐hop/pop swagger— and plenty of emotion all anchored by stellar playing and the idea that, even in the toughest of times, as Andrews says, “Music brings unity.”

In the last four years, Andrews has performed at the White House five times; backed Macklemore and Madonna at the Grammys; played on albums by She & Him, Zac Brown Band, Dierks Bentley and Mark Ronson; opened tours for Daryl Hall & John Oates and Red Hot Chili Peppers; appeared in Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways documentary series; voiced the iconic sound of the adult characters in The Peanuts Movie; inherited the esteemed annual festclosing set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in the tradition of Crescent City greats like the Neville Brothers and Professor Longhair; and released Trombone Shorty, a children’s book about his life that was named a Caldecott Honor Book in 2016.

Adding to that legacy, his Blue Note Records debut Parking Lot Symphony finds Andrews teamed with Grammy‐nominated producer Chris Seefried and an unexpected array of co-writers and players including members of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Meters, Better Than Ezra and Dumpstaphunk.

“I had two weeks at home so I went to the studio and set up the ‘playground,’” he recalls. “I had everything in a circle: tuba, trombone, trumpet, keyboard, Fender Rhodes, Wurly, B3 organ, guitar, bass, drums—and me buried in the middle.” He recorded an album’s worth of ideas and walked away for a year. Not because he was busy, but because he wanted to hit the road and see how the music changed on him. When Andrews came back with a full band, the songs came to life.

Across that time, three Trombone Shorty albums and many collaborations since, Andrews nurtured an appetite for all types of music—a phenomenon on fluid display with Parking Lot Symphony.

Tickets on sale 10 a.m. July 19 at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Penn’s Peak Box Office and Roadies Restaurant and Bar. Penn’s Peak Box Office and Roadies Restaurant ticket sales are walk-up only, no phone orders.

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