As some of you may know, I relocated to South Florida a couple of months ago (yes, just in time to evacuate for Hurricane Irma). Seeing one of my favorites, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, at Revolution Live was an incredible way to start my inroad into the local music scene! I also finally saw Dumpstaphunk, a band I have been jonesing to see live!
I have now seen Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue enough times (at least eight) to know that the band delivers a fantastic high-energy show, but this show at the Lowell Summer Music Series surpassed any expectations I had.
It was a gorgeous night in Boarding House Park – not humid, not hot (at least not after the sun passed behind the buildings), and, most important, not raining – and the crowd was ready to par-tay!
Wow, how am I going to choose only ten shows – out of 177 – as my top shows of last year? So many of the shows I attended were terrific so narrowing the list to ten is not easy.
My friends know that Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue is one of my favorite musicians; I traveled to New York three times just to see him perform! Finally, the Lowell Summer Music Series booked him! I was going to be able to see him at one of my favorite venues – life is good!
The stars were completely aligned for this show. The weather was perfect, the crowd was large (but not insane), our seats were close to the stage, and the music was amazing!
The Lowell Summer Music Series has announced its second show of the upcoming 25th season and it’s a doozy!
Trombone Shorty, an amazing young (28 years old) musician from New Orleans, will be performing at the Series on Thursday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. and I’m thrilled beyond belief!
I have been asking for Trombone Shorty (given name, Troy Andrews) to be added to the schedule for the past four years. His style is funky jazz, or jazzy funk, with some soul added for good measure. His shows are very high energy and the quality of the music superb. I saw him perform at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival, the Boston House of Blues last month, and in New York three times.
His press release states, “Andrews has made quite an impression on the critics. ‘Trombone Shorty is so ready for his close-up,’ The New York Times reviewer Nate Chinen wrote, describing the young virtuoso as ‘a native prodigy destined for breakout success.’ The San Francisco Chronicle’s Joel Selvin hailed him as ‘New Orleans’ brightest new star in a generation.’ And the Washington Post’s Mike Joyce described one live performance as ‘a near-deafening, funk-charged blast of percussion, brass, reeds and guitar distortion that might have knocked the crowd sideways had there been any room to move.’
I cannot think of a venue in which I’d rather see Trombone Shorty perform!
Tickets for this show are priced at $31 in advance (fee-free!), $35 on the day of the show, and children 12 and under are always free courtesy of Eastern Bank. There are also premium seats – beach chairs are provided by the series – set in two rows directly in front of the stage for $131. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 28 through Lowell Summer Music Series.
For those of you who are unaware of the Series, or if you are aware of it but have never attended a show there, it is an outdoor (weather permitting) concert series held on National Park Service grounds in Lowell, Massachusetts. The Series is not-for-profit, which helps keep the ticket prices reasonable.
Surrounding Boarding House Park are old mill buildings which you can tour if you arrive early enough. They provide an unusual setting for an evening of great music and ambiance.
The Series generally runs from late June to early September.
This Series is dear to my heart. I have been a season pass holder since 2007 and it is one of the highlights of the year (and of summer in particular) for me. Many lasting friendships have been made there. I expect this will be an especially excellent year since they are celebrating their 25th season!
I will post additional announcements for the Series as they are made.
Admittedly, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue is one of my favorite musicians, live or recorded. I have been following him for at least four years and this was his first headlining show in Boston! You know I bought tickets the day they went on sale…
His brand of New Orleans funk is wonderfully engaging both to listen to and to watch.
Friday is generally the day of the week when most new concerts go on sale, and today was no exception.
One of my favorite performers, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, is finally going to be back in Boston doing a headlining show! He’s at House of Blues on January 18,2014. Yes, my first concert tickets for 2014 are now in my hands!
A new favorite, The New Orleans Suspects, is going to be at my favorite small venue, Johnny D’s, on Thursday, November 14. The band is composed of members of The Radiators and Dirty Dozen Brass Band, to name a few, and they are awesome performers. I was introduced to them at a New Orleans music festival last summer and hoped they would add a Boston area show to their fall tour.
These are two amazing New Orleans based acts that you should see! Maybe I’ll see you at the shows!