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Mask Up and Mark Your Calendar — Shorty Fest is Happening this Fall!

That’s right! Shorty Fest is still on this October. See who is performing and how you can attend in-person or virtually from home!

After a year and a half of being trapped indoors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, live music is slowly but surely returning to the City of New Orleans. And although French Quarter Festival and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival have been canceled two years in a row, there is a light (or should I say trombone) at the end of the tunnel. The Trombone Shorty Foundation announced this week the return of Shorty Fest Presented by Acura. Clear your calendar for Monday, October 11 at Tipitina’s for a night of music and celebration!


Shorty Fest is presented by Acura and produced by the Trombone Shorty Foundation in collaboration with Galactic’s newly launched Tip-It Foundation. “Tipitina’s is so excited to join forces with the Trombone Shorty Foundation to bring Shorty Fest Uptown,” said Robert Mercurio, Galactic’s bassist and co-owner of Tipitina’s. “This show will be one for the books!”

This year’s lineup includes performances by Galactic with Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph, The Soul Rebels, Cuban sensation Cimafunk and special guests Tarriona “Tank” Ball and Big Chief Juan Pardo. And returning to the Tipitina’s stage for the first time in six years to headline Shorty Fest is Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue!


Tickets are scheduled to go on sale Friday, August 20 at 10 AM CST at Ticket pricing is as follows:

General Admission ($100): Access to all musical performances at Shorty Fest.

VIP ($300): Access to the second floor at Tipitina’s which includes an open bar. You also have access to VIP viewing access on the second floor during event.

The City of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana have recently put protocols in place to pretend the spread of COVID-19 — this includes providing either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test (within 72 hours the event) with ID. Additionally, mask are required to be worn while indoors.


Live out of state or just not comfortable being in a crowd yet? Shorty Fest will also be available to livestream for free at You can safely watch the live event, donate, bid on online auction items and be part of the New Orleans music community from anywhere around the world!

“We look forward to providing a safe space for our friends, family and supporters to come together and celebrate music, a part of our community that has truly been missed during these hard times,” said Troy ‘Trombone Shorty’ Andrews. “We’re here to keep the music alive, but with safety as our top priority – whether celebrating in-person or streaming online, we want to provide a safe space for everyone to enjoy what makes this city so special.”

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