Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue @ Sherman Theater

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Sherman Theater

June 15, 2017

STROUDSBURG, PA—Troy Andrews, 31, better known as Trombone Shorty, brought his power-packed show to the Poconos and blew everyone away with a dramatic combination of soul-man strut, jazz-man chops, hard rock vengeance and the kind of inundating light show that dazzled, dizzied and drenched the dancing crowd in a veritable rainbow of color. You couldn’t take your eyes off the stage. Every member of his exquisite sextet was a character-on-parade with choreographed sequences that approximated the essence of Mardi Gras in their New Orleans hometown.

They’ve picked up some new fans opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers this year. But it’s their 90+ minute headlining set that one must experience. Starting out with two tremendously energetic tunes from his 2009 Backatown major label debut, he started playing the new ones early with no less than five songs off his current (and best) CD, Parking Lot Symphony. That said, he still hasn’t made a great album yet. Maybe his party aesthetic just can’t be captured on CD.

The man’s an entertainer. He does James Brown better than Prince did (and that’s saying something). The cover of JB’s 1968 “I Got The Feeling” showed a Shorty side newly mastered. (It …

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