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Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Friday, September 16, 2016, 7:30 pm

The music of New Orleans—both old school and of the moment—comes to Iowa City in this free outdoor event.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band opened the original Hancher Auditorium in 1972, and it’s only right that the band heralds the opening of the new Hancher facility. Led by Ben Jaffe, son of the band’s cofounders, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will share the traditional sounds of the Crescent City.

The party will roll on when Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue takes the stage. The band serves up the funk, spicing it with hip-hop, rock, and jazz inflections. This is some of the hottest music around, and it will have you up and dancing.

Please note, the Hancher facility will not be open for this event.

Is this a rain or shine concert?
If inclement weather (rain and/or lightening) causes concern for people's safety, the event would be cancelled. The cancellation would be announced on this webpage and on Hancher's Facebook page. If it is not raining, but the Hancher Green is very wet, the artists will still perform as scheduled.

Season Sponsor: WEST MUSIC

Event Sponsors:
Albert B. and Jean M. Hood
Iowa City / Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Mortenson Construction
Tallgrass Business Resources


A Tailgate Ramble
The University of Iowa Alumni Association and the Johnson County I-Club are co-hosting a free tailgate pep rally, starting at 5 pm, in the Hancher parking lot. The Pep Band, University of Iowa Dance Team, and Herky will be on hand along with music, games, and giveaways. The Hancher Guild has activities planned to keep young Hawkeyes occupied. Bring your own dinner or fetch it from the following food trucks parked in the Hancher lot.

Tacos Don Diego
The Pink Umbrella Bakery Dessert Truck
Marco's Grilled Cheese
Island Vybz
The Box Lunch

5:00 pm | Tailgate rally, Hancher parking lot
6:00 pm | Pep band program/performance
7:30 pm | Preservation Hall Jazz Band
9:00 pm | Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue


Trombone Shorty Webpage   Preservation Hall Webpage


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Photos: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Hancher
Little Village - Saturday, September 17, 2016
A few thousand people gathered outside the new Hancher building to see Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The free outdoor concert kicked off Hancher’s 2016-17 season in grand style, with food trucks, tailgate games and a great blend of traditional New Orleans jazz and the genre-bending funk of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.
Week of Inspiration culminates in presidential program
Iowa Now - Friday, September 16, 2016
The program at Hancher Auditorium was the culmination of the UI’s Week of Inspiration and Harreld’s official welcome as the university’s 21st president. The event was emceed by philosophy professor Richard Fumerton and included remarks from President Emeritus Willard J. “Sandy” Boyd and a keynote address by 'Funmi Olonisakin, professor of security, leadership, and development at King's College London.
Hancher's first concert draws thousands
Iowa City Press Citizen - Friday, September 16, 2016
It had been eight years since Susan Shullaw, Joy Smith and David Rust saw a show at the old University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium. That’s why they were so eager to see the first show at the new Hancher on Friday night. The Iowa City residents were among the thousands of spectators who took in the concert at the newly opened Hancher in Iowa City, according to Hancher Executive Director Chuck Swanson. The crowd — many in lawn chairs and on blankets strewn on the massive lawn — had gathered to see the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Trombone Shorty.
Free concert continues Hancher inauguration
The Gazette - Friday, September 16, 2016
Blistering music and a cool breeze played perfect counterpoint for another first in the new Hancher history, as more than 1,000 people gathered on the green Friday to party New Orleans style. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which christened the former Hancher stage in 1972, returned with a hallelujah baptism on the lawn stretching between the old and new sites.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Hancher in advance at (319) 335-1158.