Live review: Trombone Shorty @ the Bluebird TheaterBy Reverb Staff | December 29th, 2011 | 1 Comment »
Trombone Shorty and his band, Orleans Avenue, brought a little flavor of the Big Easy to a packed house at the Bluebird Theater on Wednesday. It was a high energy night teed off by Kinetix, a local homegrown band whose heady sounds come together like a Widespread Panic, Galactic and Black Keys mix tape.
The five-piece act Kinetix threw down some saucy, jam band renditions of Bob Marley’s “Sun Is Shining” and Michael Jackson’s “Wanna be Starting Something” that included some fancy back-of-the-head and in-between the legs guitar riffs. By the time Trombone Shorty and his crew took the stage, the crowd was sizzling.
Photos, below, from a May show at the Bluebird Theater.
But it was the bold entrance of lead guitarist Pete Murano to kick-off the show that ignited full-throttled booty shaking and near head banging as the NOLA heat began pouring out from the stage. From the first song to the last, Trombone Shorty and his fearless sidekicks Orleans Avenue kept the crowd of hipsters, hippies and white hairs alike feet moving and hands clapping.
After just a few songs, I quickly realized why Rhythms Magazine recently touted him as, “the Jimi Hendrix of the trombone.” His musical chops and balloon lungs for the trombone are more than just booty shaking, it’s jaw-dropping and leaves little doubt why he has become an international star in just two short years.
This newly ordained superstar and his solid band gave Denver a night filled with big brass, plenty of soul and an extra special guest – Joe King from The Fray – who joined the band for one improv call and response jam. The show also included a solid mixture of some of their new songs off their latest album “For True,” a handful from “Backatown” and several covers ranging from Red Hot Chili Peppers to James Brown.
Taken together, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue brought down the house with their so-called “Supafunkrock.”
Rachel Chaparro is a Denver-based writer and a new contributor to Reverb.