Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue's Treme Threauxdown will feature special guests Allen Toussaint, Ivan Neville, Mystikal, Kermit Ruffins, and New Breed Brass Band!
During the heart of festival season, on Saturday, April 25 2015, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will take the stage of the historic Saenger Theatre, making their debut headlining appearance at the legendary venue. The funk rockers, led by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews on vocals, trombone and trumpet, have performed on the main stage at both The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Voodoo Fest, and have regularly sold out clubs in the city, including House of Blues New Orleans. The festival-season headlining performance at the Saenger Theatre is will feature collaborations with special guest artists Allen Toussaint, Ivan Neville, Mystikal, Kermit Ruffins, and New Breed Brass Bandand will be a landmark event in Trombone Shorty’s already sparkling career.
Andrews was born in New Orleans and grew up not far from the Saenger in the Treme neighborhood. Participating in brass band parades as a child, he became a natural bandleader by the age of six. In 2015 he and his band Orleans Avenue will mark their tenth year performing together. The current lineup includes original members Mike Ballard on bass and Joey Peebles on drums, along with longtime members Pete Murano on guitar and Dan Oestreicher on baritone sax. Together, Trombone Shorty and his band have toured the U.S. and Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan, Russia and South America.
In January 2014 Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue performed on the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, and a month later the band performed for over 8 million viewers live on national television leading the halftime spectacular of the 63rd NBA All-Star Game at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Andrews also had a recurring role as himself on the hit HBO series "Treme." In 2012, Trombone Shorty performed for President Obama at the White House in honor of Black History Month, along with music royalty B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, Booker T. Jones, Gary Clark Jr., and Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks. Andrews has led his group to guest appearances on Conan, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Austin City Limits.
Andrews was also awarded a 2012 President's Medal from Tulane University in recognition of his charitable work with his own Trombone Shorty Foundation. The mission of the Trombone Shorty Foundation is to perpetuate the musical heritage of New Orleans through music education, instruction, mentorship and performance to prepare young, under-served musicians for success in music and in life.