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Contemporary jazz horns into Pavilion

Nick Braun

Whatzup Features Writer

Published March 28, 2019

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The Sweetwater Performance Pavilion concert lineup continues to grow with the recent announcement of Grammy-nominated contemporary jazz artist Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue on Friday, June 28.

Trombone Shorty is the moniker for Troy Andrews who began dabbling with music at a very young age and was playing professionally at the age of five.

Now 33, the multi-instrumentalist and singer has put together an unbelievable resume. He entertained President Obama at the White House, was a featured member of Lenny Kravitz’s horn section, performed at the 56th Grammy Awards, and was the support act for tours with Hall & Oates and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Along with the members of his band, Orleans Avenue, they have toured the globe with their high-energy performances filled with hard-edged funk, hip-hop beats, rock dynamics, and improvisation in the great tradition of jazz.

Tickets for Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue go on sale Friday, March 29, at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at the Sweetwater campus, Neat Neat Neat Records, all Wooden Nickel record store locations, and online at and

Tribute Band Salutes McCartney

About a week before Sir Paul McCartney performs at Memorial Coliseum on Monday, June 3, a special show will be in town to help get you ready.

On Friday, May 24, The McCartney Project-America’s #1 Tribute to Paul McCartney, Wings, and The Beatles returns to C2G Music Hall. Left-handed Tony Burlingame portrays the iconic Englishman to a T with his look, sound, and playing of the Hofner violin bass. The show will span more than three decades of sing-alongs including “Hey Jude,” “Eight Days a Week,” and “Jet.” Tickets start at $20. If you didn’t score tickets for the big show, this is the next best thing.

LLC Album Accelerates

Left Lane Cruiser have announced that May 31 will be the release date for their upcoming LP Shake and Bake. Their latest effort was recorded “old school” analog in Jason Davis’ Fort Wayne studio and features Davis lending a hand with some organ touches. In addition, the eye-catching cover was done by the legendary William Stout who is also responsible for the cover of 2015’s Dirty Spliff Blues.

You can sample the new release as the band is currently streaming the title track on their Facebook page. No word as of yet if there will be a local release party but Whatzup will inform you if one does ensue.

Wooden Nickel’s Record store day lineup

Wooden Nickel Records is revved up and ready to go for every music collector’s favorite holiday, Record Store Day. All three locations will be celebrating with hundreds of exclusive releases and giveaways on Saturday, April 13, but the North Anthony location will be the place to be to catch live music all day long. Set to perform inside the store starting at 9 a.m. will be Sunny Taylor, followed by Alicia Pyle Quartet, Damon Mitchell, Adam Baker, Three Cities, My Soul’s Revolution, John Minton, El Camino Hot Tub, Kickbacks, Kerosec, and OLC. In addition, there will be live performances outside in the North Anthony Corridor tent by Paper Heart, Olivia Morris, Venus in Jeans, Time of Defiance, Kyle Haller and Friends, and School of Rock Fort Wayne. Wow, better plan on making a day of it!

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