The Big Easy met the Big Apple on Monday as Trombone Shorty‘s Voodoo Threauxdown Tour rolled through New York City’s SummerStage in Central Park. The curated traveling festival featured performances by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Tank and the Bangas, Big Freedia, Cyril Neville, George Porter Jr., Dumpstaphunk, and The Soul Rebels.
Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown Tour kicked off on June 10th in Hampton Beach, NH. The traveling exhibition celebrates Crescent City’s rich musical heritage with a wide range of New Orleans talent, ranging from Dumpstaphunk, who played a set of classic Meters tunes with NOLA funk legends and Meters members George Porter Jr. and Cyril Neville, to modern R&B sensations Tank and the Bangas. With Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and The Soul Rebels to provide some brass to the mix, the lineup displayed the depth and diversity characteristic of New Orleans as it rolled through the City That Never Sleeps.
Monday’s concert was a joyous start to the summer, aided by pleasant weather and ample sunshine. Though the Voodoo Threauxdown Tour has just begun, all of the artists were in their element and seemed to enjoy the occasion, as evidenced on social media.
“So far have been having a very good time,” George Porter Jr. shared, “the young people on the tour are very nice kids and the few older people are doing wonderful jobs. The music has been off the hook, I have been doing a couple of different songs, far each night so far. Summer Stage in Central Park last night was very very good …. The park’s crew and catering was also on the money our set ￼went off without anything slowing us down, we win once again.”
The Soul Rebels also shared their excitement on social media, writing, “Performing in Central Park at SummerStage NYC was an incredible highlight for us! Thanks to our NYC fans and family for gracing us with the vibes. Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown Tour has been incredible. Off to the next city!”
View photos from Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown Tour courtesy of photographer Ken Spielman below. The tour will continue tonight, June 14th, at Artpark in Lewiston, NY. View upcoming dates and purchase tickets here.