Alabama Shakes are a rock and roll band from Athens, Alabama. Their debut record "Boys & Girls" was nominated for three Grammys including for Best New Artist and Best Rock performance. The album was certified Gold in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. The band has toured extensively internationally and performed at major festivals including Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, Roskilde, Austin City Limits, Newport Folk Festival and 2014's New Orleans Jazz Festival. In 2013, the band had original music used in connection with two films nominated for Best Picture, Dallas Buyer's Club and 12 Years a Slave, the latter which ultimately won Best Film. The band is currently working on their follow up album which will be released in 2015.
New Orleans native Trombone Shorty began his career as a bandleader at the young age of six, toured internationally at age 12, and spent his teens playing with various brass bands throughout New Orleans and touring worldwide with Lenny Kravitz. He is currently the front man for his own ensemble Orleans Avenue, a funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop band. Together, Trombone Shorty and the band have toured across the U.S., Europe, Australia, Russia, Japan and Brazil. In 2012, he received the President’s Medal from Tulane University in recognition of his charitable work with the Trombone Shorty Foundation. In collaboration with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the Trombone Shorty Foundation donates quality instruments to schools across New Orleans.