Trombone Shorty to light Roosevelt Hotel’s Waldorf Wonderland

The Roosevelt New Orleans taps local music legend Trombone Shorty for the lighting of the Waldorf Wonderland in the hotel’s lobby on Dec. 3.

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The Roosevelt’s official lobby lighter this year, Trombone Shorty, will kick off the holiday season with the flip of a switch, igniting the lobby in sparkling lights. As a New Orleans native and advocate for the community, he is the perfect host for the annual event which marks the launch of the holiday season for all of New Orleans and its visitors.

Past lighters have included the family of the late Fats Domino, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and the cast of NCIS New Orleans.

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Photo credit: Universal Music Group

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews has shared his signature NOLA sound from arenas to the Grammy Awards to the White House, collaborating with artists ranging from The Neville Brothers to Usher to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. His heart remains in New Orleans, bringing up the next generation of musical talent through the Trombone Shorty Foundation, whose mission is to inspire the next generation of talented opportunity youth through music education, instruction, mentorship, and performance.

The public is invited to experience the lobby lighting, which will take place promptly at 5:15 p.m., followed by a champagne toast. The block long lobby display will be expanded this year and feature 20,000 additional lights and nearly double the bows and garlands bringing the impressive display to include new décor and classic favorites including Christmas trees, winter branches and 2,200 glass ornaments. This gorgeous display tells a spirited story, showcasing the best of New Orleans and the holidays through a classic theme designed to wow crowds each year.

A tradition since the 1930s, the scores of festively dressed Christmas trees serve as the perfect family photo-op. The Waldorf Wonderland is free and open to the public starting Tuesday, Dec. through New Year’s Day. An estimated 250,000 people walk through the lobby each year to see the lights!

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