Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews will host his fourth annual Shorty Fest benefit concert on April 28, the Thursday that kicks off the second weekend of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. This year, Shorty Fest moves to a new venue, the House of Blues.
In addition to Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue augmented by guest keyboardist/vocalist Ivan Neville, the roster includes homegrown rock band the Revivalists, the New Breed Brass Band, the brassy MainLine, Big Chief Juan Pardo & the Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Indians, and students from both the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and the Trombone Shorty Academy.
The show starts at 9 p.m. General admission tickets are $80. VIP tickets, which include an open bar and seating in the House of Blues balcony, are $250. Tickets are on sale now at the House of Blues box office and at hob.com/neworleans. For more information, go to tromboneshortyfoundation.org
Shorty Fest falls in the midst of what will be a busy Jazz Fest week for Andrews. He and Orleans Avenue will stage their second “Treme Threauxdown” at the Saenger Theatre on April 23, Jazz Fest’s first Saturday. And for the fourth consecutive year, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue close the main Acura Stage at the Fair Grounds on the festival’s final day, Sunday, May 1.
Shorty Fest is the Trombone Shorty Foundation’s main fundraiser. Founded in 2013, the foundation supports various music education initiatives, including two in conjunction with Tulane University: the Trombone Shorty Academy music performance program and the Fredman Music Business Institute mentorship program, both of which cater to high school students. The Shorty Foundation also supports a program, led by trumpeter Wendell Brunious, that teaches traditional jazz to students at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts on Fridays.
Though Andrews is on tour for most of the year, he makes time to work with students whenever he’s in town, said Bill Taylor, the executive director of the foundation.
Andrews launched the foundation after building a sizable national touring base. To cite one example of his national success, in 2015, he topped a bill at the 15,000-capacity Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. “Every now and then, I’ll have a moment when I think, ‘This is getting really huge,’ ” Taylor said. “That was one of those moments.”