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Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival
with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Matt Andersen, Sue Foley, Leeroy Stagger, Jesse Roper, Murray Porter, Little Miss Higgins, Jesse Walkman and Kaya Kurz
From the Promoter
For the last 18 years the annual Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival has been a highlight of the outdoor concert season. On Saturday, August 12, 2017 the event returns to picturesque Deer Lake Park with another lineup of world-class musicians, including headliner Trombone Shorty, who recently delighted local fans when they opened for the Red Hot Chili Peppers earlier this year. Fans of the family-friendly event will once again enjoy a full day of continuous music from 2 different stages, plus local food vendors and activities for supporters of all ages. Highlighting some fresh new faces and old fan favourites, this year’s lineup includes Trombone Shorty, Matt Andersen, Sue Foley, Leeroy Stagger, Jesse Roper, Murray Porter, Jesse Waldman, Kaya Kurz and more.
Trombone Shorty's beloved bandleader, singer, songwriter and horn-blower born Troy Andrews has been very busy. In the last four years, Andrews banked his fifth White House gig; backed Macklemore and Madonna at the Grammys; played on albums by She & Him, Zac Brown, Dierks Bentley, and Mark Ronson; opened tours for Daryl Hall & John Oates and Red Hot Chili Peppers; appeared in Foo Fighters' Sonic Highways documentary series; voiced the iconic sound of the adult characters in The Peanuts Movie; inherited the esteemed annual fest-closing set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in the tradition of Crescent City greats like the Neville Brothers and Professor Longhair; and released Trombone Shorty, a children's book about his life that was named a Caldecott Honor Book in 2016.
But that's not unusual for a man raised in one of the Tremé's most musical families. Andrews got his name when he picked up his instrument at four ("My parents pushed me toward trombone because they didn't need another trumpet player," he laughs). By eight, he led his own band in parades, halls and even bars. In his teens, Andrews played shows abroad with the Neville Brothers. Fresh out of high school (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts) he joined Lenny Kravitz' band. Across that time, three Trombone Shorty albums and many collaborations since, Andrews nurtured a voracious appetite for all types of music—a phenomenon on fluid display with Parking Lot Symphony.
With over 10 million views on YouTube, two European Blues Awards, and winning Best Solo Performer at the Memphis Blues Challenge, it appears that the entire world is now discovering Matt Andersen. A powerhouse performer with a giant soul-filled voice and commanding stage presence, Matt has built a formidable following the old fashioned way – touring worldwide and letting the converted audiences and Andersen devotees spread his reputation through word of mouth. In addition to headlining major festivals, clubs and theatres throughout North America, Europe and Australia, he has shared the stage and toured with Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Greg Allman, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Randy Bachman, Little Feat, Jonny Lang, Serena Ryder, and more. Andersen has won the 2013 and 2016 European Blues Award for Best Solo/Acoustic Act, three Maple Blues Awards in 2012, and nabbed him 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Since the release of Weightless in early 2014, Andersen has received a JUNO nomination for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year, a CIMA Road Gold award, and three consecutive Maple Blues Award for Male Vocalist of the Year.
Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival acknowledges its many sponsors and partners including Chevron Canada, Tourism Burnaby, Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre, Global BC, Burnaby Now, Brentwood Town Centre, Lougheed Town Centre and UniverCity.
Visit burnabybluesfestival.com for all festival information and to purchase tickets.