Just walked out of Louisiana Music Factory where Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue played a spectacular showcase of material from the new album Backatown. "Something Beautiful," which Lenny Kravitz guests on, was a high point. The crowd already knows the shout-outs for "Hurricane Warning." Allen Toussaint's "On the Way Down" fits well with this material. And the title track really smokes. It's amazing how tight and professional Orleans Avenue is. Musicians know what to do in New Orleans, but the lo fi logistics of the small, informal stage at the Music Factory make for easygoing performances. But Shorty's band was letter perfect, the sound balance was extraordinary, and everything went like clockwork.
Monk Boudreaux Jolly House and Cyril Neville are still on tap.