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25th Anniversary

Decade of Difference: Trombone Shorty

Troy Andrews, who performs under the stage name Trombone Shorty started performing before kindergarten, on the streets of New Orleans as a 4 year old. Already experienced in music at the age of 8, he formed his first band. By 13 he was on the road in Lenny Kravitz’s band.

One of seven children, Troy grew up in one of New Orleans’ oldest black neighborhoods, Treme. Music was always part of his life as his grandfather was a successful R&B artist and his older brother was a jazz trumpeter. Amazingly, Andrews appeared on stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for the first time as a 4 year old playing with Bo Diddley.  And the nickname? He was tagged Trombone Shorty when after choosing that as his primary instrument, he was typically seen playing something bigger than he was.

When Andrews was nine, his brother, another talented musician, was shot and killed. Overwhelmed by grief and fearful of the same outcome for Troy, his father placed him in the care of his manager and friend, the late Susan Lovejoy Scott. She has been credited with increasing the musician’s exposure as well as keeping him away from the pitfalls that overwhelmed other musicians from his neighborhood.

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue play a blend of funk, hip-hop and jazz  Troy calls ‘supafunkrock’. As a supporting musician, Trombone Shorty has played with everyone from U2 to Madonna to Usher. His first national exposure came from the pregame show for the reopening of the New Orleans Superdome, performing with U2 and Green Day.

2022-06-06T14:20:40-04:00June 13th, 2022|

See Pics From Our Earth Day River Clean Up & Concert w/Illiterate Light!

Since 2014 when we launched Hear Together, our award-winning series that spotlights organizations making a difference in our community, WNRN has highlighted hundreds of organizations and events over the airwaves. As part of our 25th anniversary celebration presented by Rockingham Insurance, we will bring the spirit of Hear Together from the airwaves into our community with a spectacular Earth Day River Clean Up & Concert featuring rock duo Illiterate Light unveiling their new bike-powered sound system. Thanks again to collaborators Rivanna River Company and the Rivanna Conservation Alliance for their efforts and to Potter’s Craft Cider, Blue Mountain Brewery, and 3 Roads Brewing for supporting our vision for this event! 

Photos by Tristan Williams

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2022-05-19T13:48:48-04:00April 19th, 2022|

Watch our Commonwealth Holiday Showcase Performances!

Thanks again to this year’s Commonwealth Holiday Showcase performers Good Dog Nigel, Vivian Leva and Riley Calcagno, Deau Eyes and Saw Black. If you weren’t lucky enough to win passes you can watch our full December 15th performance from In Your Ear studios in Richmond below and stream our December 8th performances from our Charlottesville studio.

Dec 15th (Richmond)

Dec 8th (Charlottesville)

2021-12-20T11:09:14-05:00December 14th, 2021|