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October 20-21, 2016
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October 22-23, 2016

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Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Set To Perform At Fall CycloFest


- Act Drew More Than 7K People To The USNWC Venue in 2015 -

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. – June 15, 2016 – Interbike, the largest bicycle trade event in North America, today announced that Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will headline the inaugural Fall CycloFest festival at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, in Charlotte, NC on October 22nd, 2016. The band, a hard-edged funk group that employs hip-hop beats, rock dynamics and improvisation in a jazz tradition, is currently the opening act for Daryl Hall and John Oates on their national tour.


TS_230x320Trombone Shorty began his career as a bandleader at the tender age of six, and toured internationally for the first time at age 12 before joining Lenny Kravitz’ horn section at the age of 19 for a 105-date world tour in 2005-2006. In 2010, Trombone Shorty released the Grammy-nominated “Backatown,” followed in 2011 by “For True,” which topped Billboard Magazine’s Contemporary Jazz Chart for 12 weeks.


In January 2014 Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue performed on the 56th Annual Grammy Awards with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Madonna and Queen Latifah, and the band has made guest appearances on “Conan”, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “Jimmy Kimmel Live”, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and many more.


“Bikes, music and beer – that’s the foundation of what CycloFest is all about,” said Pat Hus, Vice President of Interbike. “The combination of bike demos on the epic grounds of the U.S. National Whitewater Center, with fantastic local food and craft beer, and the addition of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue creates the magical formula for a successful event like none other. Attendance for the band’s performance last year at the USNWC’s Tuck Fest event was more than 7k people, and the venue anticipates similar numbers for Fall CycloFest.”


The bike industry’s own Shane Cooper of Defeet Socks will be playing in both of the planned opening bands, and will also headline the industry night on Thursday, October 20th.


Cooper’s first band, The Downtube Shifters, features a group of cycling musicians including Dave Lee (formerly of The Legendary Shack Shakers) and others. This high-energy band will cover a variety of artists from high-energy rock n roll to rockabilly genres. The additional act for Saturday had not been finalized at the time of this release.


Cooper will also play on Thursday night for the industry crowd as part of his own 80’s cover band, GRAFFITTI.  The band goes all the way back to 1985 and covers most of the rock standards from that era.


A limited number of booth locations are available and can be purchased directly through Interbike. Contact Andria Klinger, Sales Director at or 949-226-5745 for more information.