If summer feels a little on the cool side here in the Northwest, two thrilling acts from the Southeast might raise the temperature this weekend. Trombone Shorty and J.J. Grey & Mofro, will share a bill Aug. 4 as part of the Oregon Zoo's summer concert series.
Hailing from Tremé, a New Orleans neighborhood known for its brass bands, Troy Andrews (aka Trombone Shorty) earned his nickname by taking up the trombone when he was just 6 years old. Andrews, who now stands 6 feet tall, has made the leap from child prodigy to professional master on both the trombone and trumpet. Having toured throughout the United States, Europe, South America and the Middle East, he has more experience at 27 than some musicians three times his age. The Washington Post described one live performance as a "funk-charged blast of percussion, brass, reeds and guitar distortion that might have knocked the crowd sideways had there been any room to move."
Sharing the bill Aug. 4 are Florida natives J.J. Grey & Mofro, who create their own eclectic blend of soulful, Southern-fried rock. "J.J. Grey seems to be the type of guy who would sing his heart out to an audience of stray dogs in an alley," one critic wrote. "His music snarls, swerves and careens, rooted in the swamp rock of the South, by turns soulful and joyous. If the Allman Brothers or the Black Crowes ever need another vocalist, Grey's their man."