Voodoo Threauxdown at Britt: Trombone Shorty and Crew bring the Big Easy to Jacksonville
Wearing dark sunglasses and puffing his cheeks out like a kid carrying a secret stash of large gumballs, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews makes playing trombone look cool and easy. And when his trombone-playing syncopates with the saxophone, popping and locking is no problem for anyone who wants to dance. But there is more—he sings too. Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews hails from New Orleans with big sound, big dreams (Trombone Shorty Foundation), and a big lineup for Britt on September 7.
Those that do not know his music might have heard Andrews as the adult’s voices from The Peanuts Movie.
Speaking of adults, Andrews recalls why he chose trombone in the first place, “My parents pushed me toward trombone because they didn’t need another trumpet player.” It stuck, and Andrews and his band, Orleans Avenue, are the Voodoo Threuxdown ring masters for the upcoming event, but they are not the only musician’s performing.
Voodoo Threuxdown is a group effort with three other bands performing and a couple of special guests. It’s inter-Galactic, if you will. Referred to as “Electric Fire” by fans, the band Galactic aims to entertain with ELO-antics. Stanton Moore (drums), Robert Mercurio (bass), Ben Ellman (saxophone/harmonica), Richard Vogel (keyboards), and Jeff Raines (guitar) have been playing since 1994. Their music combines blues and jazz, hip hop, electronic, world music, and rock.
Next up is the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a classy bunch of artists mixing it up like the best spiciest and tastiest gumbo. Going strong since 1961, experience and ingenuity come together for pure fun with this group. In fact, Ben Jaffe, the tuba player and creative director is the son of the Jaffes who established Preservation Hall.
Jaffe says, “When we play music, the barometer for us as a band is whether the locals are reacting. In New Orleans we play music for dances and parades, funerals and church. It’s important to us to make music people connect to, that people dance to, that people really feel, emotionally and physically. That’s the tradition we grew up with, that’s what we know.”
New Breed Brass Band performs too. A genre-bending nine-man crew who are putting the “new” in New Orleans style music. Fusing hip-hop, rap, and big band into a musical mosaic. Andrews comments: “These kids take the music and the ethos seriously. They get it. The way I see it, the future of the New Orleans brass band tradition is in their hands. I really believe that.”
As if all of that was not enough, there will be a couple of special guests to join the Threuxdown. Cyril Neville, one of the four famous brothers, who performed with the Neville Brothers band and has released solo albums like, New Orleans Cookin’ will be in the mix too. So, will Walter “Wolfman” Washington bringing his funky R&B front and center. Washington was the first to perform in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and he can lift spirits and rear-ends out of seats. Still young at 74-years old, Washington rounds out a star-studded evening at Britt.
6:30 pm, Friday, September 7
Britt Festival Pavilion, 350 S. First Street, Jacksonville
$32 – $59