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Just Announced: Trombone Shorty will bring his Voodoo Threauxdown mini-fest to River Stage at Penn’s Landing

Trombone Shorty | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN

Perennial festival circuit favorite Trombone Shorty is bringing a festival of his own on the road this summer. Dubbed the Voodoo Threauxdown, the New Orleans gumbo of a concert pairs Shorty’s funk / jazz / jam rock stylings up with kindred spirits Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, New Breed Brass Band and more.  Continue reading →

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Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue bring the party, New Orleans style, to The Fillmore

Trombone Shorty | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue brought a high-energy and vibrant New Orleans style party to The Fillmore stage on Wednesday night. The band is currently touring in support of their recently released album Parking Lot Symphony, and the performance had the band dancing from front to back. Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews led the show as the band played a great set of their funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop infused music. Throughout the set, Andrews switched between multiple instruments including trombone, trumpet, tambourine and even drums at one point. Midway through the show, Andrews left the crowd speechless as he played an impressive trumpet solo — one continuous note for at least 2 minutes before ending with a dramatic slide up the scale with an explosive ending before falling to his knees to finally catch his breath. It was easily one of the most memorable instrumental solos I have seen.  Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Widowspeak at Boot & Saddle, Trombone Shorty at The Fillmore, The Wood Brothers at Grand Opera House, and more

Widowspeak | photo by Ebru Yildiz | via facebook.com/widowspeakband

Widowspeak bring their dreamy, 90’s inspired, self-described “cowboy grunge” to Boot & Saddle tonight. Touring behind their recent LP Expect The Best, Widowspeak are known for their nostalgic, narrative-driven tunes which will thrive in the intimate Boot & Saddle setting. Chicago indie rockers Clearance and Philly bedroom grunge outfit Sun Hat also perform. Watch Widowspeak’s video for the shoegazey “Dog” below, and find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Modest Mouse at SteelStacks, Three Man Cannon at Bourbon and Branch, Trombone Shorty at Ocean City Music Pier

Modest Mouse at SteelStacks in 2014 | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

After re-emerging with a late summer gig at SteelStacks last summer, indie rock icons Modest Mouse are back to the Bethlehem venue tonight with their latest album in tow. Strangers to Ourselves follows up 2007’s We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank in fine form, with frontman Isacc Brock’s wry, observational wordplay taking center stage around driving guitars and pensive arrangements. Tickets for the show are still available and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Trombone Shorty brings down the house in a late TLA show

Trombone Shorty | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com
Trombone Shorty | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

New Orleans prodigy Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews has honed his brand of Jazz Funk to an art form. He’s been strong on the festival circuit, ubiquitous on HBO’s series Treme, and seems to consider Philly his second home. He opened a late Saturday night show (technically Sunday morning, considering the midnight stage time) at the TLA with a jumping version of suite “Slippery Lips / Craziest Things/ Backjump” which showcases both his trombone playing and vocals, which have become more prevalent of late. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Trombone Shorty at the TLA, Tutlie at Bourbon and Branch and Crocodiles at Boot & Saddle

Trombone Shorty | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Trombone Shorty | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Okay, so obviously Made in America is today, but not everybody has tickets to that. So as far as OTHER concerts to check out, Trombone Shorty is a good one. A ridiculously talented trombone and trumpet player from New Orleans, Shortly writes music that can really be defined in about a billion different genres, including rap, funk, jazz, and rock. You can buy tickets to his show here. Check out the video below of the band performing in New Orleans, which, by the way, will blow your freaking mind. Continue reading →

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Trombone Shorty returns to the TLA August 30th

Trombone Shorty | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Trombone Shorty | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Trombone Shorty and the Orleans’ Avenue, led by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, is known for their energetic performances. The nickname comes from the fact that Andrews has been playing trombone from an early age, when the trombone was bigger than him. In a 2009 session with the World Cafe, Andrews described the catchy fusion of funk, hip-hop and jazz as “supafunkrock”.

Last year, the band released Say That to Say This and have been touring in support of the new album. Compared to previous albums, Backatown and For True, the album has much more of a live-performance vibe, especially on the title track. Andrews was just in town a few weeks ago as a part of the live recording of Home at the Kimmel with Jeff Bradshaw.

Watch the band’s incredible performance of “Fire and Brimstone” at this year’s Coachella Festival below. Get more information for their upcoming show at the TLA August 30th here.

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Weekend Picks: Trombone Shorty, The Kopecky Family Band, Hop Along, The Roots Picnic, JBM and the Appel Farm Arts & Music Festival


In case you missed this article on Pitchfork this week about the 20 Essential Festivals of Summer 2012, of the ten they chose for North America, two are right here in Philly. While we need to actually make it through their choice of the Jay-Z curated Labor Day Made In America festival to see whether or not it will turn out to be “essential,” one thing we know for sure: their choice of The Roots Picnic tomorrow and Sunday is right on target. For the last four years The Roots have thrown one of the best festivals in town and this year, they’ve expanded the picnic to two days (Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd) at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. The lineup features The Roots, De La Soul, Rakim, Danny Brown, St. Vincent, James Murphy (of LCD Soundsystem), Diplo, Major Lazer, Kid Cudi, Chill Moody, OCD: Moosh & Twist, tUnE-yArDs, Shabazz Palaces and more. Two day and single day passes are available here. You can find the complete lineup here.

FRIDAY, June 1st
One of our favorite new Philly band record releases is the album from Hop Along called Get Disowned. The band is having its record release party and is headlining the First Unitarian Church tonight with Band Name, Little Big League and Mary Lattimore. (Doors: 8:00 p.m / Show: 8:30 p.m.; all ages; $10). Also playing: The Kopecky Family Band play at today’s Free At Noon and perform tonight at Milkboy Philly at 8:30 p.m. with The National Rifle and MyNameIsJohnMichael. Tickets to the 21+ show are $10-$12.

SATURDAY, June 2nd
WXPN Welcomes the Appel Farm Arts & Music Festival featuring Dawes, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rodney Crowell, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sara Watkins, Jukebox The Ghost, Cheryl Wheeler, Mason Porter and more. (11:30 a.m.; all ages, $5.00 for kids ages 3-12; $40.00-$50.00 for adults).

WXPN Welcomes Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue to the Keswick Theatre. (8:00 p.m., all-ages show, the show is sold out).

SUNDAY, June 3rd
Singer-songwriter JBM returns to town and plays Milkboy Philly with Tim Rogers of YOU AM I. JBM (real name: Jesse Merchant) JBM’s new album, Stray Ashes, is a gorgeous and haunting collection of songs that recalls the sparse beauty of records by Jose Gonzalez. (Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm; tickets to the 21+ show are $12). Below, watch the video produced by Philly’s Out Of Town Films they did with Jesse when he played at Jonny Brenda’s several weeks ago.

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Tonight: XPN Welcomes Trombone Shorty at Union Transfer and Beirut at the Electric Factory


If you’ve not made your Sunday evening plans yet, there are two excellent shows tonight in Philly; Beirut plays at the Electric Factory at 8 p.m. and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue perform at Union Transfer at 8:30 p.m. In case you missed it, read our interview with Paul Collins of Beirut here. Listen to David Dye’s interview with and performances from Beirut on World Cafe here. Below, listen to one of our favorite songs from the recent Beirut album, The Rip Tide, and stream Trombone Shorty’s recent album, Backatown.

Beirut – Santa Fe by Revolver USA

Trombone Shorty ~ Backatown by verveforecast