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Throughout the next few weeks we will be highlighting the various artists that will be appearing at the Silopanna Music Festival on August 27th at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds.
This festival is unlike any of the others we have seen this year. It certainly is not Warped. It is not Eastport A Rockin, and it is not the Annapolis Irish Festival. Silopanna will bring together talent from the national stage, the regional stage and the local stage in a one day festival at the end of the month.
Many years ago, I discovered Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews down in New Orleans playing on Jackson Square. If anyone saw him back then, you just knew he would make it big. Today, his band, Tombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue is taking the jazz world by storm, but here, listen for yourself!
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.”
While not only carrying on the tradition of New Orleans Jazz 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. He’s also finalizing plans for his own new foundation aimed at making sure that talented younger players with limited resources can get quality instruments to play. Starting in September, he’ll be delivering Trombone Shorty trumpets and trombones to talented young musicians across the city.
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue will be playing the Main Stage (there are three of them) at 7:30pm! You can see the full schedule and buy tickets here.
If Trombone Shorty wasn’t enough to convince you to go, stick around as we highlight all of the other bands!