Live Review: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue’s Voodoo Threauxdown Tour with Tank and the Bangas, Dumpstaphunk, Soul Rebels, and more at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta, 6/22/22
For those in the crowd on this ninety-degree-plus evening in Atlanta who have not been to New Orleans…this was their first visit. Yes, it was hotter than a N’awlins’ house party, but so was the music. Troy Andrews, a.k.a. Trombone Shorty, was in fine form on this night and the energy was intoxicating. Touring in support of his new album Lifted, that’s exactly what he did with spirits and emotions of the Atlanta audience.
A Trombone Shorty concert is a thing of beauty and not one which can be explained with mere words. Therefore, this will be brief. Mr. Andrews has formed that special ability to create a sound and an energy that is contagious. Despite ones genre of choice, be it country, rock, jazz, blues, classical, etc., it’s an easy assertion that in the presence of a full-blown Trombone Shorty show you will feel the love and be on your feet. Bottom line: JUST SEE HIM.
His supporting bands all brought some serious cajun flavors to Chastain. Tank and the Bangas, led by the shining star Tarriona “Tank” Ball, brought the voice, the attitude, and the style to be the perfect warm-up for Shorty. From the new Tank album Red Balloon, Big Freedia can be heard making the thing even better. When she walked onstage to perform with the band, the Atlanta crowd exploded. It was a high water mark that night.
Everyone knows (or should know) Dumpstaphunk by now. Along with legendary Meters bassist and singer George Porter, Jr., the conglomerate rocked the fans into submission with some of the best New Orleans funk around. The Soul Rebels (dubbed this by Cyril Neville, who joined them onstage) opened the show with a headliner performance…early arrivers may have been exhausted from this portion of the night. Our advice? Get out and hear these acts live. It’s a life-affirming experience that you’ll not soon forget.
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