French Quarter Fest into Jazz Fest into… Shorty Fest! It’s festival season New Orleans, and we hope you’re ready. On Monday, May 2, Shorty Fest kicks off the festivities with a FREE outdoor block party featuring performances by the New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Trombone Shorty Academy Students, and a “Battle of the Bands” featuring Warren Easton and Abramson Sci Academy Marching Bands.
Kicking off at 5:00pm, Shorty Fest will take over the Tipitina’s area with a Silent Auction, VIP tent, and the return of Tipitina’s “Walk on Fame” induction ceremony. This year, the induction ceremony plans to honor legendary musician Cyril Neville (The Neville Brothers, The Meters, Uptown All-Stars).
Check out the schedule below:
5pm Silent Auction and VIP Tent open outside
5:10-5:35 New Orleans Nightcrawlers
5:40-6:00pm Battle of the Bands (Warren Easton & Abramson Sci Academy Marching Bands)
6:05-6:20pm Shorty Academy Students
6:20m-6:40 Cyril Neville “Walk of Fame” Induction
6:40-7 Big Chief Juan Pardo & Mardi Gras Indians
At 7pm, the doors of Tipitina’s will open for an indoor celebration. Headlined by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, this year’s musical lineup will be a fun one!
The Trombone Shorty Foundation’s mission is to inspire the next generation of talented opportunity youth through music education, instruction, mentorship, and performance. By honoring the New Orleans tradition of “playing it forward” from the earliest jazz legends onward, the foundation seeks to preserve and perpetuate the musical heritage of a city where music is everything. Experienced and professional teachers, tutors, and mentors support every student in the pursuit of a well-rounded understanding of New Orleans’ musical traditions, experience in music performance, reading, writing, and now, even business, and the social and academic skills they need to make noise wherever they go – in music and in life.