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Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue to Bring Shorty Gras Tour to Wilkes-Barre

by Madonna

WILKES-BARRE – The sensational jazz-funk talent Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue is poised to make a triumphant return to the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on February 27, 2024, as part of the eagerly anticipated 2024 Shorty-Gras Tour, accompanied by the special guest, The Soul Rebels.

This electrifying performance is being presented jointly by the F.M. Kirby Center and SLP Productions.

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Tickets for this unforgettable musical experience are currently available for purchase at a price of $34.50, along with applicable fees.

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Trombone Shorty is set to embark on his inaugural Shorty Gras tour, commencing on February 16, a mere three days following the culmination of Mardi Gras festivities. This tour promises to infuse February with the exuberant spirit and captivating sounds of the vibrant Carnival culture.

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The Shorty-Gras Tour will transport Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue’s infectious New Orleans celebration to the East Coast for an exhilarating three-week series of performances, sharing the stage with none other than The Soul Rebels, another iconic ensemble hailing from the heart of New Orleans.

Shorty Gras, a beloved New Orleans tradition since its inception in 2020, serves as a prominent highlight in the Krewe de Freret Parade’s pre-Mardi Gras festivities (scheduled for February 3, 2024). Notably, Trombone Shorty leads this parade from his signature float, culminating in the grand Shorty Gras ball at Mardi Gras World, featuring a star-studded roster of musical guests. Previous editions of the event have featured illustrious artists such as Juvenile, Mannie Fresh, Flo Rida, Big Freedia, Tank and the Bangas, Rebirth Brass Band, and more.

In a remarkable turn of events this year, Shorty is taking this quintessentially New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration on the road for the very first time.

Trombone Shorty will have graced nearly 75 stages by the close of 2023, including a co-headlining tour alongside luminaries such as Ziggy Marley, Mavis Staples, and Robert Randolph, with performances at major venues and amphitheaters, including The Greek in Los Angeles and two captivating nights at Pier 17 in New York City.

In 2022, Shorty unveiled “Lifted,” his most recent album, and showcased his musical prowess on esteemed television programs such as Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Good Morning America, Today Show, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, within the past two years. He further clinched a prestigious GRAMMY award for his contributions to Jon Batiste’s Album of the Year-winning “We Are.”

Over the past decade, Trombone Shorty has consistently delivered chart-topping studio albums and forged genre-spanning collaborations with the likes of Pharrell, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, Foo Fighters, ZHU, Zac Brown, Normani, Ringo Starr, and numerous other esteemed artists.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue’s Tour Dates:

Friday, February 16 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall

Saturday, February 17 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall

Monday, February 19 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Ballroom

Tuesday, February 20 – Portland, ME – State Theatre

Thursday, February 22 – Portsmouth, NH – The Music Hall

Friday, February 23 – Kingston, NY – Ulster Performing Arts Center

Saturday, February 24 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre

Sunday, February 25 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Center for the Arts – Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre

Tuesday, February 27 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts

Wednesday, February 28 – Ithaca, NY – State Theatre

Friday, March 1 – McKees Rocks, PA – Roxian Theatre

Saturday, March 2 – Charles Town, WV – Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races – The Event Center

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