The Funky Meters
New York, NY
February 15-17, 2011
There are certain things in life, such as love, that never die. In regards to music, songs do not die nor do genres per se though they do grow and evolve. Elementally, various types of music can be found within music that, in its final form, seemingly bears no resemblance to its origin. It is important when looking at the evolution of anything to recognize that which came before, and if by chance one has an opportunity to meet the originators, he must seize it. In some ways, this is what it means to witness a Funky Meters gig.
Though popular success has never been truly had in the conventional sense, any true student of the art knows the significance of this outfit, as The Meters (Art Neville, George Porter Jr., Leo Nocentelli, and Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste) and subsequently the Funky Meters (Art Neville, George Porter Jr., Brian Stoltz, and Russell Batiste) has played on music. They are forefathers in perhaps the most literal sense, evidenced by songs like "Cissy Strut" that are classics of a genre, funk, that has influenced so many but rarely receives the industry reverence of which it is duly owed.
At recent Funky Meters gigs, Stoltz had not been on the scene and Ian Neville was filling in the guitar position. Neville is a wonderful guitarist and plays with a smile infused passion that is wonderful, but it made the happenings at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl that much more special when it was announced that Brian Stoltz would be joining in for the three day residence since Ian was on tour with his main project, Dumpstaphunk.
Quite the residence it was…with many showing up to participate in the festivities including ?uestlove (The Roots), Nikki Glaspie (Beyonce) and New York’s "Royal Family" members Eric Krasno, Nigel Hall and Adam Deitch (Lettuce).
A Jam*, The World Is A Little Under The Weather > Chicken Strut > …Fire On The Bayou > Cardova > Get Out Of My Life Woman > Here Come’s The Jungle Man>They Don’t Know (tease) > Here Come’s The Jungle Man > Change/Reform > Hang ‘Em High > Africa > Going To Mardi Gras > Cabbage Alley > Going To Mardi Gras > Porter’s bass solo > Way Down in The Hole > Russel Drum Clinic > Just Kissed My Baby, Porter’s bass solo > Just Kissed My Baby > It Ain’t No Use
Here Comes The Meter Man > Look-Ka Py Py > Too Funky > Bass intro Too > Chug A Lug, Love Slip Up On Ya, Keep on Marching (Funky Soldier), That Ain’t The Way to Carry On, Funkify Your Life, My Baby, Tipitina, Hoo Chie Coo, Ride Me Dunky/Soul Island, Message From The Meters, People Say, Bass Intro too > Big Chief>
Encore: Be My Lady, Sing A Simple Song*, Higher*, Them Changes*, Cissy Strut – tease*
*w/guest Nigel Hall, Eric Krasno & Adam Deitch
Jam -> Funky Miracle > # Funkify Your Life > Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (Bob Dylan) > Name Up In Lights > 9 to 5 > The Hokey Pokey > + Cissy Strut > Love The One You’re With (Stephen Stills) > Hoochie Koo > Cissy Strut (reprise), He Bite Me > Voodoo Child (Jimi Hendrix) > Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) > Fire on the Bayou>Big Boss Man / Teenage Love (Fats Domino) > Aiko Aiko > She’ll Be Comin’ Round The Mountain > Junco Partner > Midnight Rider (Gregg Allman), Sing A Simple Song (Sly & The Family Stone) > * Funky Stuff (Kool & The Gang) > * Look Ka Py Py > *^% Cabbage Alley > $^& Baby What You Want Me To Do > $^& Hey Pocky Way > $^& Little Liza Jane $^&
Encore: Stretch Your Rubber Band, They All Ask’d For You
+ = Russell Batiste solo with autotuned vocals
* = w/?uestlove on drums (replacing Russell)
^ = w/Eric Krasno on guitar
% = w/Nikki Glaspie on percussion
$ = w/Nikki Glaspie on drums (replacing Russell)
& = w/?uestlove on percussion
# = "Day Tripper" teases
Download the audience recording of this show here