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08/16/2017

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at Edgefield this Saturday

By SCOTT CUNNINGHAM // St. Paul & The Broken Bones to open

Saturday evening at Edgefield is lined up for an epic night of music as Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue come through Portland with St. Paul & The Broken Broken Bones providing support.

In April, Shorty released "Parking Lot Symphony" on Blue Note Records, his first release since 2013. It is hard to believe four years have passed since that release, but upon thinking about it, when would he have had time to hit the studio? It seems like he's been on the road constantly in that time period. He's had five White House gigs, opened for the Red Hot Chili Peppers for a major tour, voiced the adult characters in The Peanuts Movie, and has even made live appearances on ESPN. And that is just a small sampling of what he's been up to.

"Parking Lot Symphony" is classic New Orleans in terms of style, the material, and players. The album is a funkified collection of original material with two exceptions: Allen Toussaint's Here Come the Girls and It Ain't No Use from The Meters. Leo Nocentelli of The Meters makes a guest appearance, playing the same acoustic guitar on the latter track as he did on the original version.

The originals on the album showcase Shorty's diversity as an artist, including his continued evolution as a vocalist, particularly on No Good Time and Where It At?. Tony Hall (Dumpstaphunk) plays bass on the album keeping the bottom end tight and solid throughout, but be sure to check out the instrumental Tripped Out Slim, which is straight-up NOLA funk at its absolute best.

Fronted by Paul Janeway, St. Paul & The Broken Bones will be opening the show. Janeway reminds me somewhat of Al Green in terms of his vocal style and mannerisms. Janeway formed the band while in seminary school and has similar gestures and vocal rhythms as Green. Last year's album "Sea of Noise" was a strong release and is well worth checking out.

The combination of the two bands is a great pairing and should make for a terrific evening of music. For some strange reason the show is not sold out, but I certainly expect that to change in the next couple days.

ON TOUR: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue appear at McMenamin's Edgefield as part of their summer Concerts on the Lawn series. St. Paul & The Broken Bones open the show. Doors 5:00PM / Show 6:30PM. Tickets are still available as of this writing.

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