Peach Music Festival Artist Spotlight: The NOLA Edition
Since its inaugural run, Peach Music Festival has always made sure to include some love for New Orleans, having featured top notch musicians from the Big Easy including Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and Galactic. Given the city’s incredible musical history and tradition and its unique brand of sound, it is no wonder Peach, a festival that puts a spotlight on instrumentalism and improvisation, always makes sure to include some of this scene’s best and brightest. This year’s selections from the Crescent City, however, may very well take the cake. Not only will Dumpstaphunk return for the first time since their appearance at the very first Peach, but this year, Montage Mountain will also host the venerable Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the ever-rising Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band was formed in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe, named for the iconic Preservation Hall in the heart of NOLA’s French Quarter. The band has performed around the world, and has played at Carnegie Hall as well as for the British Royalty and the King of Thailand, to name a few. Presently, the founding couple’s son, tuba player Ben Jaffe, is the band’s creative director. In 2014, members of the band took the stage with the Foo Fighters at Preservation Hall while the Foo Fighters were recording their newest album Sonic Highways and the HBO series that documented the making of that album. The band is featured on a track off Sonic Highways called “In the Clear” as well. A longstanding pillar of New Orlean’s music community, Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a piece of living history that all Peach fans should check out. Oh, and by the way, Bob Weir will grace the stage with them during their set (just in case you needed additional encouragement).
Check out the music video for the Foo Fighters’ song “In the Clear” featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band below.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue is one of the hottest acts out of NOLA right now, and if you’ve seen them perform, it is easy to understand why. Their explosive energy leads to one conclusion: this band is on fire, and the flame won’t be burning out any time soon. In 2014, the band performed with a number of special guests for halftime during the NBA All Star Game, as well as at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. The band and its leader, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, appeared on the hit HBO drama series Treme. Andrews joined the Foo Fighters and members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band during their performance at Preservation Hall in 2014. Most recently, the band performed its take on the theme song from “The Odd Couple” for CBS Television’s remake of the classic TV show. Andrews also actively gives back to his community, having been born and raised in the Treme neighborhood of NOLA, and he created the Trombone Shorty Foundation, dedicated to passing on the NOLA jazz tradition to the next generation of NOLA musicians, in addition to holding annual benefits for youth music education. Andrews and his band are passionate about both their music and their community, and it shines through in every note they play. Be sure to catch their set in August.
Check out this video of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue during their first ever headlining appearance at New Orleans’ historic Saenger Theatre this past April during Jazz Fest.
Peach Music Festival will hit Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA August 13 through 16. Find more information on the festival and where to buy tickets here.