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Trombone Shorty's Funky X—mas Jam


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The strongest winds to hit Louisiana this year didn't occur between June and November. They came weeks earlier, in the fierce gusts that launched Trombone Shorty's May LP Backatown (Verve Forecast) like an uprooted Robert Plant wailing the opening to "Immigrant Song" through a brass mouthpiece. When the track — "Hurricane Season" — was selected to score the credits of The Real World: New Orleans, it marked Troy Andrews' second primetime TV placement of 2010 (he appeared as himself in four episodes of HBO's Treme). When the album went on to spend more than two months atop Billboard's contemporary jazz chart, it solidified Andrews as the year's breakout musical star, a career path whose cone of uncertainty has narrowed like a Category 5 storm: performances on the late-night talk circuit, international arena tours with Jeff Beck and the Dave Matthews Band and cameos on albums by Eric Clapton, Lenny Kravitz, Dr. John and Galactic. Andrews closes out his banner calendar year with this "Let it Blow"-themed Funky X-mas Jam, an open-invite holiday party patterned after Warren Haynes' annual Asheville, N.C., Christmas Jam (at which Andrews was a mistletoe-tapping special guest in 2009). Mia Borders opens. Tickets $25. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

Dec. 25

Trombone Shorty's Funky X-mas Jam

9 p.m. Saturday

House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;


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