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Jam Central Station 5.10.14: Trombone Shorty
Posted by Jeff Modzelewski on 05.10.2014

New Orleans is one of the world's greatest cities to explore new music. It's a city that values its cultural heritage and has built its reputation on its musical culture. Jazz music is synonymous with the city, and they celebrate their musical heritage through festivals, street performances, in their schools, and throughout the entire community. Troy Andrews, better known as Trombone Shorty, grew up in this culture and has both embraced it and been embraced by it for his entire life. Although he's not yet 30 years old, he's already been a session musician, toured internationally, and, over the past few years, led his own band, aptly named Orleans Avenue.

Andrews certainly had a strong musical upbringing as a child. His grandfather was legendary blues singer Jessie Hill, and he was encouraged to be musical early in his childhood. He grew up in the Treme neighborhood and participated in bands, parades, and playing music with his family as early as 4. He began playing trombone at about 6 and was quickly playing with other children in the area. As he showed a real passion and aptitude towards music many of the adults in the area also took him under their wing, teaching him and helping him develop. As a child he learned to play not only the trombone (his primary instrument) but also the trumpet and the drums. he attended the prestigious New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts as a high school student and immediately after graduating from high school was invited to be a part of Lenny Kravitz's touring band. That experience helped broaden his horizons while also giving him the opportunity to test out how he would fare as a professional touring musician. It was an experience that helped shape the rest of his career.

For the next few years, Andrews continued to work as a touring and session musician, and he gained a significant following. He spent a lot of his time with modern New Orleans jazz musicians but also worked with U2, Green Day, Harry Connick Jr., Galactic, and Eric Clapton. His ability to work in a variety of styles made him a go-to choice for artists looking for a studio or touring musician. By 2010, he was ready to embark on his own project. He assembled Orleans Avenue, a collection of strong established musicians in the contemporary jazz style, and went to work building his own music.

The band's first release, 2010's Backatown, was an immediate success. It topped the Billboard Jazz charts for 9 weeks and was nominated for a grammy. Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue performed sold-out club dates around the country as well as touring arenas and playing the biggest music festivals in the country. Andrews himself also became involved in the HBO series Treme, a look at the music of the neighborhood he grew up in. The band somehow found time to record their second album, 2011's For True, during this time. This was another success, and featured a wide array of guests including Jeff Beck, Lenny Kravitz, Kid Rock, Warren Haynes, and the Neville Brothers.

Since the release of For True Andrews has continued to gain recognition. He brought together The Meters and got them into the studio together for the first time since 1977 for a cover of their single "Be My Lady." In 2013 he was given the honor of closing out the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, taking over for The Neville Brothers. He has also invested his own time in the future of New Orleans jazz by working with local schools and musical programs. During that time the band also recorded and released Said This to Say That, an album that brings together not just his love of jazz but also rock, funk, and other influences.

With his upbringing, it's no surprise that Andrews would be an accomplished musician. But it has been his tireless dedication and love of his craft that has brought him to such great heights at such a young age. Trombone Shorty is already one of the most respected jazz musicians in the country, and he has a long career ahead of him. His music has brought in a new audience to jazz music, and his willingness to work outside of the traditional jazz culture allows him to expand that audience. Trombone Shorty will be a staple in the jazz world and the New Orleans music scene for years to come.

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Bob Weir & RatDog announce dates
Bob Weir & Ratdog announced a run of dates that will bring them through mid-September. The tour will last just about a month and feature a variety of openers for the run.

July 12 Denver, CO—The Ogden Theatre
August 14 Boston, MA—Blue Hills Bank Pavilion*
August 15 Scranton, PA—Peach Music Festival
August 16 Canadaigua, NY—CMAC*
August 18 New York, NY—JBL Live at Pier 97*
August 19 Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook*
August 22 Charleston, SC—North Charleston Performing Arts Center*
August 23 Boca Raton, FL—Mizner Park Amphitheater*
August 24 St. Augustine, FL—St. Augustine Amphitheatre*
August 26 Atlanta, GA—Fox Theatre*
August 27 Charlotte, NC—Uptown Amphitheatre*
August 29 St. Louis, MO—Fabulous Fox Theatre*
August 30 Sterling Heights, MI—Freedom Park Amphitheatre^
August 31 Highland Park, IL—Ravinia Park Amphitheatre^
September 4-5 Arrington, VA—Lockn Festival
September 6 Philadelphia, PA—Penn's Landing*
September 9 Cincinnatti, OH—PNC Pavilion*
September 10 Cleveland, OH—Jacobs Pavilion*
September 12 Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival$
September 13 Asheville, NC—Venue TBA
September 14 Nashville, TN—The Woods*
*w/Chris Robinson Brotherhood
^w/Dwight Yoakam and The Devil Makes Three
$w/Jackie Greene
The Black Keys announce tour
The Black Keys will be touring in support of their upcoming release Turn Blue. The band will start their tour early in September and stay on road almost through the end of the year. The album will be released on May 13th.

September 5 Columbus, OH- Schottenstein Center *
September 6 Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena *
September 7 Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena *
September 9 Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Bradley Center *
September 10 Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center *
September 12 Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena *
September 13 Pittsburgh, PA – CONSOL Energy Center *
September 14 Rochester, NY – Blue Cross Arena *
September 16 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre *
September 18 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre *
September 20 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center *
September 21 Boston, MA – TD Garden *
September 24 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center *
September 25 Washington, DC – Verizon Center *
September 27 Chicago, IL – United Center *
October 24 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center ^
October 25 Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre ^
October 27 Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome ^
October 28 Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place ^
October 30 Vancouver, BC – Pacific Coliseum ^
October 31 Portland, OR – Moda Center ^
November 1 Seattle, WA – KeyArena ^
November 9 San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl ^
November 10 Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center ^
November 12 Salt Lake City, UT – Maverik Center ^
November 13 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center ^
November 15 Houston, TX – Toyota Center ^
November 16 Dallas,TX – American Airlines Center ^
December 4 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Arena %
December 5 Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena %
December 6 Richmond, VA – Richmond Coliseum %
December 8 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena %
December 9 St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center %
December 11 Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena %
December 12 Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena %
December 13 Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena %
December 15 Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center %
December 16 Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Times Forum %
December 17 Orlando, FL – Amway Center %
December 19 Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center %
December 20 Tulsa, OK – BOK Center %
December 21 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center %
(*) Special guest Cage The Elephant
(^) Special guest Jake Bugg
(%) Special guest St. Vincent
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June 27 Omaha, NE— Memorial Park – Bank of the West Celebrates America
June 28 Riverside, IA—Riverside Casino and Golf Resort
June 29 Springfield, IL—Outdoor Pavillion
July 2 Alton, IL—Riverfront Amphitheater
July 3 Wichita, KS—Hartman Arena
July 4 Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 5 Kansas City, MO—Crossroads
July 6 Aurora, IL—River Edge
July 8 Columbus, OH—The LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheatre
July 10 Traverse City, MI—National Cherry Festival
July 11 Clarkston, MI—DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 12 Fort Wayne, IN—Three Rivers Festival @ Headwaters Park
July 13 Pittsburgh, PA—Stage AE – Outdoors
July 17 Oshkosh, WI—Leach Amphitheatre
July 18 Prior Lake, MN—Lakefront Music Fest
July 19 Hammond, IN—Wolf Lake Memorial Park – The Pavilion
July 20 Kettering, OH—Fraze Pavilion
July 22 Boston, MA—House of Blues
July 24 Stamford, CT—Alive at Five Concert Series
July 25 Asbury Park, NJ—Stone Pony Summerstage
July 26 Atlantic City, NJ—Trump Taj Mahal – Mark Etess Arena
July 27 Solomons, MD—Calvert Marine Museum
July 29 Huntington, NY—The Paramount
July 30 Glen Allen, VA—Innsbrook After Hours Concert Series
August 1 Raleigh, NC—Red Hat Amphitheatre
August 2 Atlanta, GA—Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
August 3 Clearwater, FL—Ruth Eckard Hall
August 5 San Antonio—Majestic Theatre
August 7 Albuquerque, NM—Route 66
August 8 Las Vegas, NV—Golden Nugget
August 9 San Diego, CA—Harrah's Rincon
August 11 Saratoga, CA—The Mountain Winery
August 12 Los Angeles, CA—The Greek Theatre
August 13 Paso Robles, CA—Vina Robles Amphitheatre
August 15 Marysville, WA—Tulalip Resort Casino

Hangout Music Festival
May 16-18
Gulf Shores, AL
Performers include: The Black Keys, The Killers,Outkast, Jack Johnson, Queens of the Stone Age, Pretty Lights, The Avett Brothers, STS9, The Flaming lips, Modest Mouse, Zedd, and many others.

May 22-25, 2014
Cumberland, MD
Performers include: The Del McCoury Band, The String Cheese Incident, Ricky Skags & Bruce hornsby, Yonder Mountain String band, Railroad earth, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Greensky Bluegrass, and many others.

Summer Camp
May 22-25, 2014
Three Sisters Park
Chillicothe, IL
Performers include: moe., Umphrey's McGee, Trey Anastasio Band, Bassnectar, Primus, Yonder Mountain String Band, Zac Brown Band, Lotus, EOTO, The Devil Makes Three, Greensky Bluegrass, and many others

Dark Star Jubilee
May 23-25, 2014
Legend Valley
Thornville, OH
Performers include: 3 nights of Dark Star Orchestra, Yonder Mountain String Band, Galactic, Keller Williams & More Than A Little, Anders Osborne, The Werks, The Wailers performing Legend, and many others

The Ville
May 23-25, 2014
Clay's Park Resort
Lawrence, OH
Performers include: 3 nights of ekoostik hookah, Flether's grove, Tropidelic, Blue Moon Soup, and many others.

Sasquatch! Music Festival
May 23-25, 2014
The Gorge
George, WA
Performers include: OutKast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, MIA, Foster the People, Kid Cudi, Neko Case, Violent Femmes, and many others.

Nelsonville Festival
May 29-June 1, 2014
Nelsonville, OH
Performers include: The Avett Brothers

June 5-8, 2014
Mulberry Mountain
Ozark, AR
Performers include: The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, STS9, Umphrey's McGee, John Butler Trio, Flaming Lips, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Lettuce, Dr. Dog, Papadosio, and many others.

Mountain Jam
June 5-8, 2014
Hunter Mountain, NY
Performers include: Gov't Mule, Bob Weir & RatDog, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov't Mule, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Umphrey's McGee, Pretty Lights, and many others

Governor's Ball
June 6-8, 2014
Governor's Island
New York, NY
Performers include: Outkast, jack White, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, Skrillex, Interpol, and many others.

June 12-15, 2014
Manchester, TN
Performers include: Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White, The Avett Brothers, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Zedd, Umphrey's McGee, John Butler Trio, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, and many others

Snowmass Mammoth Festival
June 13-15, 2014
Snowmass Village, CO
Performers include: LEftover Salmon, chris Robinson Brotherhood, Xavier Rudd, Les Claypool's Duo De Twang, The Motet, Bonerama, and many others

Telluride Bluegrass Festival
June 19-22, 2014
Telluride, CO
Performers include: Sam Bush Band, Bela Fleck & The Colorado Symphony, Brandi Carlile, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Del McCoury Band, Leftover Salmon, Greensky Bluegrass, and many others.

Firefly Music Festival
June 19-22, 2014
Dover, DE
Performers include: Foo Fighters, Outkast, Jack Johnson, Imagine Dragons, Pretty Lights, The Lumineers, Weezer, Girl Talk, Tegan and Sara, and many others.

Electric Forest
June 26-29, 2014
The Double JJ Ranch & Resort
Rothbury, MI
Performers include: The String Cheese Incident (3 nights), STS9 (2 nights), Ms. Lauryn Hill, Stephen Marley, EOTO, Anders Osborne, The Revivalists, Nahko & Medicine for the People, Rising Apalachia, Zedd, and many others.

High Sierra
July 3-6, 2014
Quincy, CA
Performers include: Widespread Panic, STS9, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Beats Antique, Trampled by Turtles, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and many more to be announced

July 17-20, 2014
Sunshine Daydream Memorial Park
Terra Alta, WV
Performers include: Shpongle, Beats Antique, EOTO, Conspirator, Zilla, vibesquad, Janover 7 Resunator, Cosby Sweater, Aliver Hall, Broccoli Samurai, and many others.

Northwest String Summit
July 17-21, 2014
Horning's Hideout
North Plains, OR
Performers include: Yonder Mountain String Band, The Motet, Steep Canyon Rangers, Fruition, Dead Winter Carpenters, The Rumpke Mountain Boys, and many others

July 18-20, 2014
Waterfront Park
Louisville, KY
Performers include: Outkast, Jack White, Beck, The Replacements, Ray Lamontagne, Band of Horses, Nickel Creek, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Gary Clark Jr., Trampled by Turtles, JJ Grey & Mofro, and many others

July 23-27, 2014
Floyd, VA
Performers include: Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Ms. Lauryn Hill, ray LaMontagne, Thievery Corporation, Ziggy Marley, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Buddy Guy, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, and many others

Gratifly Festival
July 24-27
Westminster, SC
Performers include: Papadosio, Opilio, Gratifly Symphony, Earphunk, Earthcry, The Human Experience, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and many others.

Gathering of the Vibes
July 31-August 1, 2014
Seaside Park
Bridgeport, CT
Performers include: Widespread Panic, John Fogerty, moe., Umphrey's McGee, The Disco Biscuits featuring Mickey Hart & Bill Kreutzmann, Ziggy Marley, Dumpstaphunk, and many others.

August 1-3, 2014
Grant Park
Chicago, IL
Performers include: Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, White Denim, Broken Bells, Lorde, The Avett Brothers, Forster the People, The Head & The Heart, Trombone Shorty, Chromeo, and many others.

Werk Out Festival
August 7-9, 2014
Legend Valley
Thornville, OH
Performers include: The Werks (3 nights), Papadosio (2 nights), Emancipator, Future Rock Zoogma, Dopapod, Zach Deputy, and many others.

Outside Lands
August 8-10, 2014
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA
Performers include: Kanye West, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Killers, The Flaming Lips, Spoon, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Chromeo, John butler Trio, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, and many others

Arise Music Festival
August 8-10, 2014
Sunrise Ranch
Loveland, CO
Performers include: Galactic, Grateful Grass, Nahko & Medicine for the People, and many others

Peach Music Festival
August 14-17, 2014
Montage Mountain
Scranton, PA
Performers include: Allman Brothers Band (2 nights), Bob Weir & RatDog, Trey Anastasio Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Lotus, JJ Grey & Mofro, The Revivalists, Dopapod, The Infamous Stringdusters, papadosio, and others.

August 15-17, 2014
Wellston, MI
Performers include: Greensky Bluegrass, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Steppin' In It, The Ragbirds, and many others.

Camp Barefoot
August 21-23, 2014
Bartow, WV
Performers include: Beats Antique, Papadosio, Lettuce, Kyle Hollingsworth Band performing a tribute to Motown, Dopapod, Kung Fu, The Motet, Zach Deputy, and many others.

August 29-31, 2014
Snow Ridge Ski Resort
Turin, NY
Performers include: moe. (3 headlining nights), Lotus, O.A.R. Les Claypool's Duo de Twang, Soulive, Twiddle, Aqueous, and others.

North Coast Music Festival
August 29-31, 2014
Union Park
Chicago, IL
Performers include: Bassnectar, Kid cudi, STS9, Snoop Dogg, Dada Life, Zeds Dead, Dr. Dog, The New Deal, and many others.

Lockin' Music Festival
September 4-7, 2014
Arrington, VA
Performers include: Furthur, The String Cheese Incident, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers,The Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh & Friends, Widespread Panic, Umphrey's McGee, Wilco, Bob Weir & Ratdog, and many others.

Phases of the Moon Festival
September 11-14, 2014
Kennekuk County Park, IL
Performers include: Widespread Panic (2 nights), Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov't Mule, Galactic, Leftover Salmon, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and many others.

Catskill Chill
September 5-7, 2014
Camp Minglewood
Hancock, NY
Performers include: Yonder Mountain String Band with Allie Kral, Lettuce, Shpongle, Karl denson's Tiny Universe, Papadosio, Dopapod, Particle, The Heavy Pets, and many others.

Grand Point North Festival
September 13-14, 2014
Waterfront Park
Burlington, VT
Performers include: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (headlining both nights), Lake Street Dive, Trampled by Turtles, The Devil Makes Three, Dr. John, Caroline Rose, and many others.

Harvest Music Festival
October 16-18, 2014
Mulberry Mountain
Ozark, AR

Bear Creek Music & Art Festival
November 13-16, 2014
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Live Oak, FL
Performers include: Umphrey's McGee, Lettuce, Dumpstaphunk, The New Mastersounds, Break Science, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Turkuaz, The Main Squeez, Tauk, and many others

Strings & Sol
December 11-15, 2014
Puerto Morales, Mexico
Performers include: Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Greensky Bluegrass

Jam Cruise
January 6-11, 2015
Departs from Miami, FL

Island Exodus
January 14-18, 2015
Grand Lido Negril
Negril, Jamaica
Gov't Mule will host the event

Thanks again for stopping by. I'll be back next week with more jam. Until then, check me out on Facebook and Twitter for up to the minute concert announcements. Until next week, Jam On!


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