New Orleans-born-and-bred multi-instrumentalist Troy Andrews and effervescent Orleans Avenue enraptured a sold-out Meijer Gardens on Wednesday with virtuosity and Big Easy spirit. Review, photos.
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Where Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews goes, the party follows.
Wednesday evening, the festivities were concentrated in the sold-out amphitheater at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, with Trombone Shorty and his incredible musical krewe lighting up the stage for nearly two hours of effusive Crescent City-style jazz blended with funk, soul, pop and hip hop.
Trombone Shorty consistently has drawn a rapt, capacity crowd at the popular outdoor venue, lured in, no doubt by his reputation for delivering a show that combines both complexity in instrumentation and accessibility of style.
His shows are the sort that could be equally enjoyed by your old-school-jazz-loving dad, your freewheeling/easily-bored toddler, and all ages in between, as evidenced by the crowd at Wednesday’s outing.
With a set list of roughly a dozen numbers — including a few medleys — Andrews and Orleans Avenue kept between-song banter to a minimum. Save for a few friendly shout-outs to Grand Rapids, band intros and a little love for New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, messages were delivered primarily by way of instrument or vocals.
If forced to pinpoint a highlight, it would be hard to miss with “Here Come the Girls” or “Hurricane Season” (try listening to that without joining in and throwing a fist up at all of the “Hey!”s). But, if we’re honest, it all kind of nicely jumbles and bumps together, just like a good party mix should.
Opener DJ Logic’s relentlessly upbeat delivery of funk, old-school hip hop and soul set the tone for an energetic evening of dancing, breeziness and fun.
PHOTO GALLERY: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, DJ Logic at Meijer Gardens
Photos by Anthony Norkus