As Trombone Shorty said in his Adore A-List interview, the quietness brought on by the pandemic felt strange. "For a city that thrives on music—not just clubs and concerts and festivals, but a horn player on the corner or a brass band marching up the street—now you hear less of that. That's the thing that hits me the hardest."
The musician is bringing music back to New Orleans and the rest of the nation on Saturday, September 26 through Virtual Shorty Fest Presented by Acura. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will reunite for their first performance since the start of the pandemic and there will be additional performances by Galactic, Anders Osborne, Tank and the Bangas, The Soul Rebels, and more.
The virtual event is presented by Trombone Shorty Foundation with the Gia Maione Prima Foundation, and will be free to stream. Any donations will benefit the Trombone Shorty Foundation, which supports the next generation of New Orleans musicians through education and mentorship programs. Donations can be made on PayPal or by texting "give" to (504) 509-5010.
"We really need Shorty Fest right now, and our determination to pass on our precious musical culture to the younger generation has never been more important," said Bill Taylor, Executive Director of the Trombone Shorty Foundation. "This Virtual Shorty Fest is about supporting the students, the mentors, the musicians, our community, our culture, and what New Orleans means to the world. We appreciate all of those who have made this event possible, including the continued support of Acura brand and have invited everyone to celebrate it all."
LeBron Joseph (a.k.a. LBJ) from News With a Twist will host the stream. The event is produced by Fire on the Bayou Productions, and additional sponsors include The Emeril Lagasse Foundation, WNOL-Nola 38, and the New Orleans Advocate/Nola.com and IBERIABANK. The live performances are brought to you by Sazerac Rye and community partners include Tipitina's, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, and Tasc.