If you missed the spectacular Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue show at First Avenue on Friday night, you should feel more than a little bit bummed out. Here's 10 reasons why:
1. Hercules-strong openers Kids These Days, an eight-piece funk and soul band from Chicago who met in a magnet school, are young enough to make you feel lazy and talented enough to headline on their own, pushed dancy re-workings of old soul and R+B songs infused (successfully) with hip hop overtones and great horn-work. Their finale, an organic mashup of James Brown's classic "A Man's World," with the Gershwin standard "Summertime" was borderline flawless.
Kids These Days
Photos by Ian Power-Luetscher
2. Aforementioned finale came complete with an En Vogue teaser outro. Yes, that's right, that En Vogue.
3. Trombone Shorty is only 24. In 2010 he was nominated for a grammy for his album Backatown.
4. Troy Andrews, a.k.a. Trombone Shorty, is the brother of fellow trumpeter and New Orleans Jazz musician James Andrews, as well as the Grandson of legendary Louisiana Blues singer Jessie Hill, best known for writing "Ooh Poo Pah Doo."
5. Both brothers hail from the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans and have made appearances on the HBO show of the same name. James and Troy Andrews perform "Ooh Poo Pah Doo," in season one of the show.
6. Trombone Shorty plays both trombone and trumpet and oscillated between the two throughout the 17-song, two-hour set he and his band marathoned through on Friday night.
7. Trombone Shorty has coined the phrase "Supafunkrock" as a moniker for what he and his crew sound like, this is the most apt description possible.
8. Early in his set friday night, Trombone Shorty held one string of notes-mid trumpet solo-for almost two minutes straight, one of the more impressive feats of circulatory breathing ever accomplished within First Avenue's walls.
9. At one point towards the end of his show, Trombone Shorty channeled James Brown for a full ten minutes, doing the godfather of souls patented hip sway, twist and slide and doing a damn near perfect "Take Em To The Bridge" scream.
10. During their encore, the entire seven-peice band shifted instruments, with Troy Andrews going to drums, and the bongo/conga player taking up the trombone. The result was fantastic, and concrete proof that any member of Orleans Avenue has the instrumental chops to be a bandleader in his own right.