Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue are stopping at del Lago Resort & Casino’s The Vine this weekend.
Trombone Shorty, also known as Troy Andrews, is a bandleaders, singer, songwriter and horn blower. Andrews has an impressive resume, playing at the White House, backing Macklemore and Madonna at the Grammy Awards and played on albums by Zac Brown Band, Dierks Bentley and Mark Ronson—just to name a few.
He has also opened tours for Hall & Oates and Red Hot Chili Peppers and released “Trombone Shorty,” a children’s book about his life that was named a Caldecott Honor Book in 2016.
Andrews picked up the instrument at age four, saying, “My parents pushed me toward trombone because they didn’t need another trumpet player.”
Four years later, he was leading his own band in parades, halls and even bars. During his teenage years he performed abroad with the Neville Brothers, and when he graduated high school he joined Lenny Kravitz’s band.
Trombone Shorty’s latest album, “Parking Lot Symphony,” shows off 12 wild, wonderful, funky cuts. The album contains a range of sound from brass band blare and deep-groove funk, to bluesy beauty and hip-hop/pop swagger.
“Parking Lot Symphony” kicks off with “Laveau Dirge No. 1,” named after one of New Orleans’ most famous voodoo queens. The breezy title track, is both about walking the Treme being uplifted by music that seems to seep from every surface, as well as moving on from a broken heart. “No Good Time,” a shuffling, bluesy track, is reminder that “nobody never learned nothin’ from no good time.”
“It’s a life record,” says Andrews, “about prevailing no matter what type of roadblock is in front of you.”
Trombone Shorty takes the stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. dellagoresort.com/events