March 08, 2013

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — New Orleans-based jazz fusion band Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will perform Friday, 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 includes Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews on trombone, trumpet and vocals, Mike Ballard on bass, Pete Murano on guitar, Joey Peebles on drums, Dan Oestreicher on baritone sax and Tim McFatter on tenor sax.

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."

Their music intertwines the sounds of New Orleans with jazz, brass band and funk. Their latest album, "For True," further refines the signature sound Andrews has dubbed "supafunkrock." 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.

Since the release of "Backatown," their Grammy-nominated 2010 debut album, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue have toured nonstop in North America, the U.K., Brazil, Japan, Europe and Australia.

Recently, Trombone Shorty and Mike Ballard were featured performers at the 2013 Green Inaugural Ball in honor of President Barack Obama on Jan. 20, the night before the presidential swearing-in ceremony. 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.

Trombone Shorty has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Good Morning America, joined Dave Matthews Band on NFL Kickoff, and has a recurring role on the hit HBO series Tremé. Along with appearing on Beck's Les Paul tribute, he's been a featured guest musician on the latest releases from Eric Clapton, Zac Brown Band, Rod Stewart and Lenny Kravitz.

Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors ages 62+, $10 for children under 18, and $10 for all college students. Graduating Bucknell University 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 online at or by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000.

Tickets are also available 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.

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at

For more information about future programming at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to or

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