Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue – Tickets – Oregon Zoo – Portland, OR – August 4th, 2013

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts:

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

JJ Grey & Mofro

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Oregon Zoo

$26.00 - $46.00

This event is all ages

Valid for zoo admission day of show only. Rain or shine. No refunds. For additional info please visit the zoo concerts page.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Andrews hails from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans’ 6th Ward, getting his nickname at four years old when he was observed by his older brother James marching in a street parade wielding a trombone twice as long as the kid was high. Troy started early, learning how to play drums and what he remembers as “the world’s smallest trumpet” at the age of three. By the time he reached six, this prodigy was playing trumpet and trombone in a jazz band led by his older brother James, himself a trumpet player of local renown who has been called “Satchmo of the Ghetto.”

Not long afterward, Troy formed his own band with some other musically inclined kids from Tremé, and they became regulars at Jackson Square, with dreams of following in the footsteps of his brother James and Rebirth Brass Band, learning and carrying on the New Orleans tradition. While not only carrying on that tradition and expanding its boundaries, Troy has lent a generous helping hand to the next generation as well, having given longstanding support to the city’s renowned Roots of Music program. Troy was also recently honored by being named the youngest member of the NOCCA Foundation board - the foundation behind New Orleans’ Center for the Creative Arts where Troy and several of his band members studied and began collaborating. He’s also gearing up his own new foundation aimed at making sure that talented younger players with limited resources can get quality instruments to play.
JJ Grey & Mofro
JJ Grey & Mofro
"Impassioned singing, riff-based Southern rock, cold-blooded swamp funk and sly Memphis soul."
--The New York Times

Over the course of six albums and a decade of touring, JJ Grey's grimy blend of front porch soul and down-home storytelling has taken him around the world and back again. Beating the streets on nearly every continent, he and his band Mofro have sewn a continuous thread of laying-it-on-the-line shows that move folks to dance and at times to tears.

JJ was raised in North Florida by a typically Southern extended family that valued hard work and self-reliance. This upbringing permeates his no nonsense approach to writing and performing and has given him an abundance of material to write about in his songs.

“A friend of mine once said that we’re all characters if we're given enough room to be one. I guess I was lucky enough to be surrounded by people who had plenty of room cause Lord knows I know some larger-than-life ones. I’ve had a lot of laughs and good times with those characters. We’ve shared some hard times too.”
Venue Information:
Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR, 97221
http://www.oregonzoo.org/

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