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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Trombone Shorty and Ziggy Marley co-headline tour with Mavis Staples, Robert Randolph Band

Trombone Shorty and the Orleans Avenue band at Live Oak Bank Pavilion in 2021. (Tom Dorgan/MoonFrog Media)

WILMINGTON — If there’s one show that will bring the greater Wilmington concert-going audience to “church” this year, it may be this one.

Riverfront Park’s Live Oak Bank Pavilion is welcoming a quadruple bill of soulful talent this summer, including the R&B, funk, reggae, blues and rock sounds of co-headliners Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue and Ziggy Marley. They will be joined by the iconic Mavis Staples and Robert Randolph Band.

READ MORE: Potent energy: Trombone Shorty talks Orleans Avenue sound, commands Wilson Center stage this week

The concert takes place Thursday, June 22, and tickets go on sale Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 9 a.m.

Trombone Shorty has toured through Wilmington the last few years and Ziggy Marley has come through previously. Staples last performed locally in 2018 and RRB appeared in 2015.

Also known as Troy Andrews, Trombone Shorty got his start in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans at the age of 4 and made his first appearance at his hometown’s famed Jazz Fest alongside Bo Diddley. By 6, the musician was leading his own brass band, and as a teenager he began touring with Lenny Kravitz as part of the Electric Church World Tour.

Since, he has joined performances with Jeff Beck, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, Foo Fighters, Zac Brown, and Ringo Starr, as well as performed at top festivals from Coachella to Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo to Newport Jazz Festival.

He has released 12 albums throughout his career, including “Lifted” last April.

Marley — the eldest son of reggae pioneer Bob Marley — is an eight-time Grammy Award winner who grew up in Trenchtown, Jamaica, before moving to Wilmington, Delaware. He learned to play music at a young age, often sitting in with the Wailers.

He went on to perform with the Melody Makers from 1985 to 2002 and launched a solo career in 2006, for which he won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album for his second release “Love Is My Religion.” It was produced on his own record label, Tuff Gong Worldwide — created so he would retain ownership over all of his music.

This year’s tour includes more than 30 stops, including only four on the East Coast. A dollar from every ticket sold will benefit the The Trombone Shorty Foundation, with another dollar donated to Ziggy Marley’s 501(c)3 URGE.

TSF introduces music to underserved students through education, instruction and performance opportunities. URGE helps with efforts in Jamaica and other developing areas around the world, by building new schools, operating health clinics and supporting the overall well being of children.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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