Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue: Summer Live Preview 2010
Dates: Through Sept.
Ticket prices: $15-$20 (Purchase tickets here)
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews-who plays a raucous blend of rock, funk, jazz, hip-hop and soul-was performing alongside heavyweights like U2, Green Day and Lenny Kravitz before he had even released a proper album. Now, with 3,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the 24-year-old New Orleans artist's major-label debut, "Backatown," bowed in late April at No. 1 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.
Outlook: A fixture in the New Orleans scene who's performed since the age of 4, Trombone Shorty, who has a small role on the new HBO series "Tremé," should be a big draw this summer season. "Last year, we'd come in on Mondays and get reports from weekend festivals unanimously saying he was the hit of the entire fest," says the Rosebudy Agency's Mike Kappus, who books and co-manages Trombone Shorty. "It's an incredibly high-energy show."