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The Original Meters & Papa Grows Funk – May 5, 2012 New Orleans, LA @ Howlin’ Wolf

When you’re in New Orleans for Jazz Fest, there’s nothing like catching a Funky Meters show to reassure you that you’re in the right place at the right time. But, as we know, the Funky Meters only contain 2 of the original Meters band members, namely Art “Poppa Funk” Neville and George Porter, Jr.

That’s why the 2012 Jazz Fest became so exciting when it was announced that all 4 of the Original Meters would be playing their first club gig in New Orleans in over 30 years! Yes, we’re talking about all 4 original members: Art “Poppa Funk” Neville on organ, George Porter, Jr. on bass, Leo Nocentelli on guitar and Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste on drums.

Yes, these 4 original Meters members have reunited sporadically for shows in 2005, 2006 and 2007 (and for a few festival gigs in 2011). Yes, they’ve played New Orleans before. But this felt like the real homecoming. The price was steep, but for the few that could get in, it was worth every penny. Art showed that he can still play ferociously, despite his age of, in his words,“74 fuckin years old”. Although Zigaboo did joke about the senior citizen status of the band, they hardly played like it. Judge for yourself, because here I bring you 47 minutes of footage from this now legendary show.

The Original Meters
May 5, 2012 New Orleans, LA @ Howlin’ Wolf
Fire On The Bayou, Africa > Look-Ka Py Py > Funky Miracle, Encore: People Say:

Also, here is the set closing Ain’t No Use, shot by photographer Marc Millman. I strongly suggest that you check out some of his photos from this show and even consider purchasing framable prints of his beautiful imagery.

By the way, you can download the full audio from this show here.

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Finally, here are a few videos of the opening act, Papa Grows Funk, featuring Raymond Weber (ex-Dumpstaphunk drummer) subbing on drums.

Papa Grows Funk
May 5, 2012 New Orleans, LA @ Howlin’ Wolf
Shakin':

Papa Grows Funk
May 5, 2012 New Orleans, LA @ Howlin’ Wolf
Planet of Love & Hate:

Papa Grows Funk
May 5, 2012 New Orleans, LA @ Howlin’ Wolf
unknown tune:

Bear Creek All-Stars – Jazz Fest Late Night at One Eyed Jacks – May 2nd, 2012 (VIDEOS)

VIDEO 1: George Porter Jr + Soulive + James Casey on sax, Eric Bloom on trumpet, Natalie Cressman on trombone, Ryan Zoidis on sax + Ivan Neville & Nigel Hall guesting on keys
Funky Miracle > I Need More Time > Funky Miracle:

VIDEO 2: George Porter Jr + Soulive + James Casey on sax, Eric Bloom on trumpet, Natalie Cressman on trombone, Ryan Zoidis on sax + Ivan Neville & Nigel Hall guesting on keys
Funky Miracle > I Need More Time > Funky Miracle (continued):

VIDEO 3: George Porter Jr, Adam Deitch, Nigel Hall, Mike Wooten on guitar + James Casey on sax, Jennifer Hartswick on trumpet, Natalie Cressman on trombone, Joe Cohen on sax
The Chicken (James Brown cover):

VIDEO 4: George Porter Jr, Adam Deitch, Nigel Hall, Mike Wooten on guitar + James Casey on sax, Jennifer Hartswick on trumpet, Natalie Cressman on trombone, Joe Cohen on sax + Nikki Glaspie on backup vox and Robert Walter guesting on keys
The World Is A Ghetto (War cover):

VIDEO 5: George Porter Jr, Adam Deitch, Nigel Hall, Mike Wooten on guitar + James Casey on sax, Jennifer Hartswick on trumpet, Natalie Cressman on trombone, Joe Cohen on sax + Nikki Glaspie on backup vox and Robert Walter guesting on keys
The World Is A Ghetto (War cover) (continued):

VIDEO 6: George Porter Jr, Eddie Roberts, Robert Walter, Nikki Glaspie & Roosevelt Collier
Ain’t No Use (To Cut You Loose) [lower quality audio, shot without external mic]:

VIDEO 7: Eddie Roberts, Robert Walter, Nikki Glaspie & Joe Cohen on sax
Flood In Franklin Park (Grant Green cover):

VIDEO 8: Eddie Roberts, Robert Walter, Nikki Glaspie & Joe Cohen on sax
Louisiana Slim (Leon Spencer cover):

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If you want more, Marc Millman Photography has some videos from this show on his youtube page. Please check out his site and support his work, he has prints available for sale and his photography is fantastic.

Here are Marc’s videos from this show:

Alecia Chakour, George Porter Jr, Neal Evans & Robert Walters, Eddie Roberts, Nikki Glaspie + James Casey on sax, Natalie Cressman on trombone, Nigel Hall on tambourine and background vox
Piece Of My Heart (Janis Joplin cover):

George Porter Jr, Nigel Hall, Eddie Roberts, Nikki Glaspie + James Casey on sax, Joe Cohen on sax, Eric Krasno guesting on keys
Leave Me Alone:

George Porter Jr, Adam Deitch, Robert Walter, Will Bernard + Joe Cohen on sax
He Bite Me (The Dragon) [beginning missing, including guitar solo, due to mic problems]:

George Porter Jr, Adam Deitch, Nigel Hall, Mike Wooten on guitar + James Casey on sax, Jennifer Hartswick on trumpet, Natalie Cressman on trombone, Joe Cohen on sax
The Chicken (James Brown cover) [complete, including first 2 minutes missing from my video]:

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Bear Creek Allstars
May 3, 2012
New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s – late night

SBD matrix: SBD + Schoeps mk41v > cmc6 > kc5 > UNL2 > DR680 > ? > FLAC
Recorded by Steve S. cosmicsoul420@gmail.com

AUDIO DOWNLOAD: TORRENT or LIVE MUSIC ARCHIVE

01. Funky Miracle > I Need More Time > Funky Miracle (George Porter Jr, Soulive, James Casey, Eric Bloom, Natalie Cressman, Ryan Zoidis, then joined by Ivan Neville & Nigel Hall)
02. Piece Of My Heart > Mr. Big Stuff > Piece of My Heart (Alecia Chakour, George Porter Jr, Neal Evans, Robert Walters, Eddie Roberts, Nikki Glaspie, James Casey, Natalie Cressman & Nigel Hall on tambourine & background vox)
03. Leave Me Alone (George Porter Jr, Nigel Hall, Eddie Roberts, Nikki Glaspie, James Casey, Joe Cohen, Eric Krasno on keys)
04. The Chicken (George Porter Jr, Adam Deitch, Nigel Hall, Mike Wooten, James Casey, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, Joe Cohen)
05. The World Is A Ghetto (George Porter Jr, Adam Deitch, Nigel Hall, Mike Wooten, James Casey, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, Joe Cohen, Nikki Glaspie on background vox, Robert Walter)
06. Happy Birthday Robert Walter
07. He Bite Me (The Dragon) (George Porter Jr, Adam Deitch, Robert Walter, Will Bernard, Joe Cohen)
08. Aint No Use (To Cut You Loose) (George Porter Jr, Eddie Roberts, Robert Walter, Nikki Glaspie & Roosevelt Collier)

George Porter Jr – bass, vocals
Eric Krasno – guitar
Alan Evans – drums
Neal Evans – keys
James Casey – sax
Eric Bloom – trumpet
Natalie Cressman – trombone
Ryan Zoidis – sax
Ivan Neville – keys
Nigel Hall – keys, tambourine, background vocals
Alecia Chakour – vocals
Robert Walter – keys
Eddie Roberts – guitar
Nikki Glaspie – drums, background vocals
Joe Cohen – keys
Mike Wooten – guitar
Jennifer Hartswick – trumpet
Will Bernard – guitar
Roosevelt Collier – steel guitar