Photography by Trystan Trenberth
The cold night didn’t keep Chandler music lovers away from seeing The Black Moods and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave take the stage in the Downtown Chandler Concert Series. Held outside in an amphitheater in downtown Chandler, with artisan food venders and craft venders dotting the outside edges of the bundled up crowds, the night was memorable from the onset. A dynamic line-up of local and national talent would have made any music lover willing to brave the weather, but the actual performances are what made it all worthwhile in the end.
The Black Moods
The Black Moods hail locally from Tempe, Arizona, and have truly tapped into a brand of solid rock-and-roll awesomeness. At the helm is Joshua Kennedy on Guitar and vocals, followed by Danny “Chico” Diaz on Drums, and Paul Fenix on Bass and vocals, This eclectic menagerie of seasoned, musical cats is what comprises a group that offers an invigorating timbre of solid guitar work in juxtaposition with ear-popping and catchy lyrics. Together, they deliver a powerful serenade of soothing, high-energy rock that’s a foot-stomping delight to the soul and ears, as well as being a spectacle to the eyes.
You can check them out: theblackmoods.com
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave bode a sultry, mixed-funk-soul/R&B genre that gives their trademark sound a positive feeling; something that makes the entire audience feel right at home from the strum of the first chord. Together, these amazing performers possess a gift of incredible adaptability, one that stems from solid roots that host moniker from the melting pot of music culture, New Orleans. Orleans Ave comprises a four-part act consisting of Pete Murano on guitar, Michael Ballard on bass guitar, Dan Oestreicher on baritone sax, Joey Peebles on drums and BK Jackson on tenor sax. These cats combine to deliver a one-of-a-kind sound that is backed by the dynamic and energetic Troy Andrews (prominently known by his stage name, “Trombone Shorty”). Shorty is a combination of musician/producer/actor/philanthropist. A New Orleans native, he’s been part of the music industry throughout entire life. His success and string of Billboard hits, (he has played alongside some household names) only begin to touch his credentials and credence as a recognized, world-class musician.
And Shorty’s rather busy, too. Between playing at the White House and his regular showings with worldwide recognized recording artists, this incredible artist never fails to deliver. Naturally, this night was no exception.
The energy that Andrews and the band gave off kept the crowd moving and cheering until the chill in the air was of no concern (because your body heat – and the body heat permeating from the thousands clustered around you – kept you warm as toast). A succinct expression of love of his musical prowess, ambiance and strong connection with the arts is alluded to with the wonderful delivery of each song. A highly audience- interactive group, the astounding showmanship speaks accolades of their musicianship, experience and virtually flawless on-stage delivery. Few bands can laud such seamless transitions with nearly perfect execution; a both natural and honed knack that made this incredible mastery seem effortless.