(I got the idea for this series while sifting through the ‘piles’ of digital photos on my laptop. It occurred to me to share some of these great pics from some of my favourite concert sets from time to time. Like my ‘Vinyl love’ series, these posts will be more photos than words but that doesn’t mean I won’t welcome your thoughts and comments. And of course, until I get around to the next one, I invite you to peruse my ever-growing list of concerts of page.)
Artist: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
When: June 3rd, 2018
Where: Field Trip Arts & Music Festival, Fort York Commons, Toronto
Context: So here’s a post that came about due to those funny ‘memory photos’ (a couple of which I included below) that pop up on the Facebook now and again and got me remembering Field Trip and pondering on the power of live music. I had never even heard of Trombone Shorty (aka Troy Andrews) before two years ago around this time and truth be told, his jazz and funk rock sound is not something to which I would normally listen. However, my friends, Tim and Mark, and I were at the last edition of Field Trip, just having a blast, and the day just seemed to get even brighter the moment these musicians hit the stage. There hasn’t been a Field Trip since 2018 – they took a hiatus in 2019 and we all know what happened this year – but that year, it was a well-oiled machine, with a lot of great acts. Good music festivals schedule a wide range of acts and are a wondrous way to expose yourself to new tunes. To sum up: 1. Here’s hoping there’s another Field Trip Festival some time in the future; and 2. If you ever get a chance to see Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, even if it’s not your thing, take it from me, they are worth you our time.
Point of reference song: “Dirty water”