Trombone Shorty has announced his first-ever Shorty Gras tour, which will launch on February 16, just three days after Mardi Gras. The tour will bring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue’s high-energy New Orleans party to the east coast for a special 3-week run of performances.
Shorty Gras has become a beloved New Orleans tradition since its inaugural year in 2020, a featured event as part of the Krewe de Freret Parade in the lead up to Mardi Gras. Trombone Shorty leads the parade on his own signature float, and concludes with the Shorty Gras ball at Mardi Gras World, featuring a who’s who of musical guests. Previous performers include Juvenile, Mannie Fresh, Flo Rida, Big Freedia, Tank and the Bangas, Rebirth Brass Band and others. This year, Shorty will bring this distinctly New Orleans Mardi Gras party on the road for the first time.
Trombone Shorty will have performed nearly 75 shows by the time 2023 comes to a close, including a co-headline bill featuring Ziggy Marley, Mavis Staples and Robert Randolph that visited major venues and amphitheaters over the summer including The Greek in Los Angeles and two nights at Pier 17 in New York City.
He also just performed at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, for an event featuring New Breed Brass Band. Shorty produced New Breed Brass Band’s debut album Made In New Orleans (released in April), which is led by his nephew, Jenard Andrews. It was also recorded at Shorty’s Buckjump studio. Other 2023 highlights include performing at the MusiCares gala during this year’s GRAMMY Awards weekend, celebrating a decade of playing the closing set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and leading a five-day “Havana Funk Expedition” to Cuba with his Trombone Shorty Foundation to celebrate the longstanding musical and cultural connections between New Orleans and Cuba. In 2022 Shorty released Lifted, his most recent album, and has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Good Morning America, Today Show and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in the past two years. He also won a GRAMMY for his work on Jon Batiste’s Album of the Year-winning We Are.
Since 2010, he has released four chart-topping studio albums and collaborated across genres with Pharrell, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, Foo Fighters, ZHU, Zac Brown, Normani, Ringo Starr, and countless others.
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