Gov’t Mule, Trombone Shorty light it up at Festival Park

By on August 29, 2022

Warren Haynes with Gov’t Mule. (Photos by Kip Tabb)
Trombone Shorty and tenor saxophonist BK Jackson. (Photos by Kip Tabb)
The Trombone Shorty Band. (Photos by Kip Tabb)
Trombone Shorty had the crowd dancing and moving to the music. (Photos by Kip Tabb)
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An amazing end to a remarkable summer season of music at Roanoke Island Festival Park on Aug. 28 as local promoter VUSIC brought Gov’t Mule with Warren Haynes and Trombone Shorty to the Outer Banks.

Haynes and Gov’t Mule were fantastic with a great rock/blues sound with a touch of jazz thrown in. The musicianship was amazing, the arrangements tight and compelling.

But nothing can prepare the uninitiated for the sheer energy, enthusiasm and showmanship that Trombone Shorty brings to the stage. He’s what would have happened if the big band era had kept going into the 21st century.

The 11-piece band features tenor sax, bass sax, two guitars, two singers, two drums, bass guitar and, of course Trombone Shorty. His skill on trombone and trumpet is stunning, and his vocals are great.




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