Shorty Fest 2021 Fundraiser Set to Go Forward October 11
After the one-two gut punch of back-to-back cancellations for this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and French Quarter Festival, hopes dimmed for a return to normalcy for The Crescent City’s struggling music and tourist industries. But some bright spots remain, including Shorty Fest, which announced that the show will go on, albeit modified with an emphasis on health and safety.
Set for October 11, in the middle of what would have been Jazz Fest’s mammoth 10-day event originally scheduled to start on October 9, Shorty Fest is the yearly principal fundraiser for The Trombone Shorty Foundation. Sidelined last year due to the pandemic, the beloved live event sponsored by Acura is set to take place at Tipitina’s, New Orleans’ legendary music venue. Performers will include Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, who haven’t played Tip’s since 2015; Tipitina’s owners and premiere funk band Galactic with Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph; The Soul Rebels; Cuban bandleader Cimafunk; and special guests Tarriona “Tank” Ball and Big Chief Juan Pardo.
In an abundance of caution due to concerns about the ongoing pandemic, Shorty Fest will be modified from its original format. Capacity has been reduced, and the free, open-to-the-public, outdoor component of Shorty Fest, which would have featured local brass bands and the Warren Easton High School marching band, has been scrapped because of safety concerns. The event will also adhere to the city’s and club’s safety protocols, which include proof of a COVID vaccine or a negative test within 72 hours of entry and mandatory face masks indoors when not actively drinking.
Founded in 2013 by award-winning trombonist and New Orleans native Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, the foundation that bears his name works to educate and develop the next generation of musicians. This year’s Shorty Fest will work hand in hand with the Tip-It Foundation, Tipitina’s charitable outreach initiative started by Galactic after they bought the club in late 2018. The Tip-It Foundation aims to elevate musical and cultural legacies through community outreach.
Tickets are $100 general admission or $300 VIP, which includes second-floor balcony viewing and an open bar. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at www.tipitinas.com.
The show will also be livestreamed for free at www.tromboneshortyfoundation.org via Nugs.net. Viewers can show their support for the cause by donating and bidding on auction items. Click on the links below to find out more about Shorty Fest and The Trombone Shorty Foundation.