Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Bring a Taste of NOLA to the Wilson Center!

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave – Emily Butler Photography

The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College is pleased to announce that Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will be coming to the Wilson Center! This thrilling group will bring their own taste of New Orleans to the stage on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 27, 2022; tickets will be available online at 10 a.m., and in-person and telephone sales will open at 2 p.m.

Born Troy Andrews, Trombone Shorty got his start (and nickname) earlier than most: at four, he made his first appearance at Jazz Fest performing with Bo Diddley; at six, he was leading his own brass band; and by his teenage years, he was hired by Lenny Kravitz to join the band he assembled for his Electric Church World Tour. Shorty’s proven he’s more than just a horn player, though. Catch a gig, open the pages of the New York Times or Vanity Fair, or flip on any late-night TV show and you’ll see an undeniable star with utterly magnetic charisma – a natural born showman who can command an audience with the best of them.

In addition to release four chart-topping studio albums since 2010, playing almost every major music festival, and collaborating with musical all-stars across multiple genres, Shorty has made his mark as a children’s book author and a philanthropist. He was awarded the Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for Trombone Shorty. He also created the Trombone Shorty Foundation to support youth music education.

The latest album, Lifted, find the NOLA icon and his bandmates tapping into the raw power and exhilarating grooves of their legendary live shows, and channeling it all into a series of tight, explosive performances that blur the lines between funk, soul, R&B, and psychedelic rock. According to Shorty, “I think this is the closest we’ve ever gotten to bottling up the live show and putting it on a record,” says Shorty, whose audiences have grown exponentially in recent years. “Normally when I’m in the studio, I’m trying to make the cleanest thing I can, but this time around, I told everybody to really cut loose, to perform like they were onstage at a festival.”

Please note that this is anticipated to be a full-capacity event, and will adhere to all local and state guidelines at the time of the show. Tickets may be purchased online at, or by contacting the Ticket Central box office. Ticket Central is open for telephone and in-person sales from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Ticket Central may be reached by telephone at 910.362.7999; questions may also be directed to

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