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5th Annual International Conference on the Blues September 30 - October 2, 2018


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Guests Artists

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue blend rock riffs and horn blasts with the groove of a New Orleans street parade. In the last five years, the seven-piece band has backed Macklemore and Madonna at the Grammys; opened for Foo Fighters, Daryl Hall & John Oates and Red Hot Chili Peppers; inherited the annual closing set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest in the tradition of Crescent City greats The Neville Brothers; and anchored the live-to-air halftime of the 2014 NBA All-Star Game performing a medley of their own songs blended with hits sung by Dr. John, Gary Clark, Jr., Janelle Monae and Earth Wind & Fire. Part Jimi Hendrix, part James Brown and all New Orleans, bandleader Trombone Shorty was raised in one of the City’s most musical families, and got his stage name when he picked up his instrument at age four. He joined Lenny Kravitz’ band straight out of high school and toured the world, performing for stadium and arena sized crowds. “Trombone Shorty takes in a century-plus worth of sounds,” wrote New Yorkmagazine, “ragtime and jazz and gospel and soul and R&B and hip-hop—and attacks everything he plays with festive fervor.”

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