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Trombone Shorty exults in Voodoo Threauxdown Tour: 'People will get this whole gumbo of New Orleans music!'

George Varga, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

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Trombone Shorty has not yet devised a way to take his concert audiences to New Orleans, at least not literally.

So, he's doing the next best thing by bringing New Orleans to audiences nationwide with his Voodoo Threauxdown Tour 2022, which features several dozen musicians in five bands, along with three guest solo artists. Each is a vibrant mainstay of the Big Easy's famously rich and varied music scene.

"I tour a lot and miss home a lot," said Shorty, whose real name is Troy Andrews. "The Threauxdown gives me the chance to be around my family and friends, and to present the great music of New Orleans from nearly every aspect."

This is the second edition of the tour, which debuted in 2018. This year's lineup includes Tank and The Bangas, former Neville Brothers' singer/percussionist Cyril Neville, the Soul Rebels Brass Band, bounce-music vocal standout Big Freedia, veteran rapper Juvenile and the band Dumpstaphunk, which features Ivan Neville and Meters' bass great George Porter Jr. Shorty and his genre-leaping 14-piece band, Orleans Avenue, headline.

Each of them has performed multiple times at the storied New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which was launched in 1970. The proudly eclectic event, which bounced back in April after a two-year COVID shutdown, has long been referred to as, simply, Jazz Fest by performers and attendees alike.

With Voodoo Threauxdown, Shorty has assembled a mini-Jazz Fest lineup for a coast-to-coast concert trek. By doing so, he is providing a zesty sonic gateway for concertgoers who may know little or nothing about Jazz Fest.

 

"I wanted to bring all of New Orleans with me to the world," Shorty said.

"As you say, a lot of people may not have been to Jazz Fest. But they know who we are and now they get to see some of the people who are my mentors, like Cyril Neville and Dumpstaphunk, and some of the more contemporary acts, like the Soul Rebels and Tank and The Bangas. People will get this whole gumbo of New Orleans music!"

Providing a gumbo of New Orleans music is also an apt job description for Shorty.

He was just 4 years old when he first performed at Jazz Fest, where he sat in with rock 'n' roll pioneer Bo Diddley in 1990. He began touring when he was 7 and joined the American musicians union at 10. Since 2013, Shorty and his band have held the coveted closing-day performance slot at Jazz Fest, following a four-decade run by the now-defunct Neville Brothers.

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