Tacoma Arts Live presents
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with LILLA
A 2011 GRAMMY Award nominee for his album Backatown (Verve), Andrews’ virtuosity and high-energy live shows have drawn unanimous raves worldwide with Rolling Stone calling him a “must-see act.” He was named to Forbes' “30 Under 30” Class of 2016 for Music along with Selena Gomez, The Weeknd and Jon Batiste. His illustrated autobiography for young readers, Trombone Shorty, was named a 2016 Caldecott Honor Book by the American Library Association. Andrews made his feature film debut in 2015—using his trombone to voice the iconic sound of the adult characters in the animated box office smash The Peanuts Movie.
His 2017 Blue Note Records debut Parking Lot Symphony was a 12-track tour de force produced by Chris Seefried (Fitz and the Tantrums, Andra Day) featuring 10 original songs along with covers of Allen Toussaint (“Here Come The Girls”) and The Meters (“It Ain’t No Use”). True to its title, the album contains multitudes of sound—from brass band blare and deep-groove funk to bluesy beauty and hip-hop/pop swagger—and plenty of emotion all anchored, of course, by stellar playing and the idea that, even in the toughest of times, as he says, “Music brings unity.” OffBeat Magazine wrote that “Parking Lot Symphony continues Trombone Shorty’s personal tradition of stunningly good musicianship, crowd-pleasing good material and just plain good fun,” adding that, “Andrews keeps the music close to his heart and his hometown.”
Andrews is passing down his musical knowledge and keeping the New Orleans brass band tradition alive through his own Trombone Shorty Foundation and Music Academy, and since 2014 has worked as a “Turnaround Artist'” with the Turnaround Arts Initiative, a program that helps low-performing schools improve through intensive arts programs.
Soul Songstress Lilla hits #10 on the UK Pop charts with her original Don’t Stop The Music. And now, she’s back at with the release of the Don’t Stop The Music Eric Kupper Remix, featuring legendary funk guitarist Marlon McCain of Pleasure. The remix mashes the sounds of futuristic, R&B and old-school funk with an insanely danceable beat! The song is available to stream and purchase on all major digital retail outlets. Listen to and share Eric Kupper Remix of Don’t Stop The Music by Lilla via Spotify here and Apple Music here. To pair this release, Lilla created a retro/cutting-edge lyric video, watch here. Over the last year, she has toured throughout the US, performing on festival main stages. From Kingston, Jamaica to Beijing, China, Lilla has recorded and performed with an impressive array of artists, including Nahko and Medicine for the People, Annie Lennox, Trombone Shorty, Esperanza Spalding, Ciara, Damian & Stephen Marley, Talib Kweli, Willie Nelson, Mos Def, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Carole King, Kenny G, and more. With her dynamic band and soulful originals, few modern performers bring the class, presence, energy and talent that Lilla does to the stage. At the age of 6, Lilla taught herself to play the piano by ear, soon after she fell in love with gospel music. In high school, she toured the East Coast with the internationally recognized choir, Royal Blues. At 16 Lilla joined a socially conscious hip-hop band along with Esperanza Spalding. Their original songs pushed the boundaries of hip-hop and jazz. After providing guest vocals for a numerous of hip-hop, R&B and jazz notables, Lilla felt the call to produce an album of her own. This down to earth, kind-hearted young artist infuses her music with passion and soul. She generates an uplifting energy and she is active in her community. Through her music, education, environmental and charity efforts, she is committed to making a positive impact in the world. Writing, producing and performing her two full-length albums are some of Lilla’s most remarkable accomplishments. Despite the challenges of creating truly original music, the end products are those of uncompromising dedication to music with integrity. Her last album was recorded all over the map, from Bob Marley’s studio (Tuff Gong) in Jamaica to Kfar Saba, Israel. The Awakening is her testament to the power of music and its ability to connect musicians, culture, and people from around the globe. Lilla is excited to share more music this coming fall.