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Saturday, July 12, 2014

New Orleans meets Syracuse at night one of Jazzfest 2014

What: Concert Review
Who: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Trombone Shorty & New Orleans Avenue
Where: OCC Campus, Jazzfest 2014
When: July 11, 2014
Why: As Part of Syracuse Jazzfest

Syracuse Jazz Festival with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

"The Syracuse Jazz Festival is always bringing up New Orleans Music," Jazzfest creator said just before Trombone Shorty came on stage. 
It was a perfect night weather wise as the hot day sunk into the night and the full moon began to rise in the distance at Jazzfest without a cloud in the sky. Then came the headlining acts as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy came on stage at around 8PM at the Syracuse 2014 Jazzfest, fallowed by Trombone Shorty & New Orleans Avenue.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy were fantastic, and from the crowd reaction at the festival they could have easily headlined. As mentioned, it was easy to see they brought sexy back. Dressed in suits and top hots as if coming from the 1920s when prohibition flooded the streets of America, the swing band's musicians played full heatedly and without a moments rest until their set was over.  Their music was like stepping back in time, yet, with that band, it wasn't necessarily a bad thing. In fact just the opposite-the young folk at the festival began to flood the front and danced their own hearts away as each musician of the group was showcased. Despite being more than 20 years old, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy still has it and without a doubt, their concerts are super fun to attend to and extremely danceable. Each and everyone of the musicians in the band were fantastic, especially the horn section. So next time their in town in your area, please check out the 'Big Bad Voodoo Band' and get ready for a fun time.
Following Big Bad Voodoo Daddy came Trombone Shorty & the New Orleans Avenue. Impressive is an understatement-this band can really play. The young gentlemen in their 20 somethings in the band had tons of energy, especially Trombone Shorty. His ability to play the trombone was simply awe inspiring and amazing, especially after continuously blowing in the horn instrument after the three minute mark without taking a breather. If Big Bad Voodoo Daddy didn't get the crowd going, Trombone Shorty definitely did as the front of the stage became packed with jazz fans as they danced and swayed to his powerful music. His guitarist is extremely talented as well, and this became obvious after the first few guitar solos that he wooed the crowd with.
It was a fantastic night overall, with two amazing jazz groups (who's music are very different from each other) played great performances to an energetic crowd that sung and danced, making Night one of Syracuse Jazzfest 2014 a great success.

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