Tickets are still available for a concert by New Orleans-based jazz fusion band Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue May 17 at 7 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts as part of Bucknell University’s 163rd Commencement Weekend.
The band, which intertwines the sounds of New Orleans with jazz, brass band and funk, includes Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, on trombone, trumpet and vocals; Mike Ballard on bass; Pete Murano, guitar; Joey Peebles, drums; Dan Oestreicher, baritone sax; Tim McFatter, tenor sax. For the third year in a row, the musicians were awarded Artist of the Year, Best R&B/Funk Artist, and Best Trombonist in Offbeat Magazine’s Best of the Beat Awards.
Andrews hails from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans’ 6th Ward, getting his nickname at the age of 4 when his older brother James saw him marching in a street parade wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high. Joel Selvin of The San Francisco Chronicle has hailed him as “New Orleans’ brightest new star in a generation.”
Trombone Shorty and Mike Ballard were featured performers at the 2013 Green Inaugural Ball in honor of President Barack Obama on Jan. 20. Trombone Shorty also performed at six Super Bowl XLVII related events in New Orleans. That same weekend, the CBS Evening News covered a story on Trombone Shorty Foundation’s partnership with Tulane to teach underserved youth in New Orleans.
Tickets f are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors ages 62+, $10 for children under 18, and $10 for all college students. Graduating Bucknell seniors are eligible to receive one free ticket to the performance, but tickets must be reserved through the Box Office in advance. Tickets can be purchased at www.bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling 577-1000 or in in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore in Lewisburg weekdays and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 12:30 to 4 p.m.; and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.