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Funky Meters Kick Off Three-Night Run at Brooklyn Bowl

October 4th, 2013

Funky Meters – Brooklyn Bowl – October 3, 2013


On the first of a three-night residency at Brooklyn Bowl, legendary New Orleans funk-jazz group the Funky Meters warmed up with an unrelenting two-hour set. The four-piece band, made up of half of the original Meters lineup, twisted and transitioned their way through all sorts of music, including everything from old standards to Jimi Hendrix covers. The feel-good show got started when bassist and de facto frontman George Porter Jr. asked the crowd to help wish a friend a happy birthday via speakerphone, a funny little moment that helped set the vibe as the Funky Meters launched into their set.

From there, the four musicians showed that age hasn’t taken their stamina—especially that of acclaimed keyboardist Art Neville’s—as they ripped through a 20-minute jam that began with a touch of “House of the Rising Sun” before shifting into “Going Back to New Orleans” and then peaking with their own “Africa.” It was jams like this that kept the set moving all night, with Porter Jr. clearly calling audibles as the band would transition between songs. “I spent all afternoon writin’ a set list that we ain’t played two songs off of,” he joked, to which Neville responded “We don’t need no set list! Are any of y’all complaining about what we’re playing?”

They laughed their way into the start of “Just Kissed My Baby,” during which each member showcased his solo chops. From there, a little “Welcome to New Orleans” turned into “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” and plenty more followed, proving that the New Orleans band’s set, like their career, is not a sprint but a groovy marathon that hardly stops. —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Jeremy Ross | jeremypross.com

(Funky Meters play Brooklyn Bowl tonight and tomorrow.)

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Ring in the New Year with The Bowery Presents

December 31st, 2012

Nights like New Year’s Eve can be overwhelming because of the pressure to have fun—not necessarily on you but on those who don’t go out often but will for big occasions. In other words, it can be amateur night. So instead of paying a cover to go to an annoying, overcrowded bar, do yourself a favor and go to one of our shows. Punch Brothers at The Bowery Ballroom and the Felice Brothers at Mercury Lounge are both sold out. But we’ve still got several great options for you: If you’re looking for a fantastic double bill of rowdy rock, head directly to The Wellmont Theatre to see the Hold Steady (above, doing “Rock Problems” on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson) and Lucero. Of course, if you’d rather spend the rest of 2012 rocking out in Brooklyn, you can do that with NYC’s They Might Be Giants at Music Hall of Williamsburg. But then you might be looking to cut loose with a different kind of music. At Terminal 5, in addition to doing their own songs, Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra (below, playing “The Killing Type”) will be playing all of Prince’s Purple Rain. And at the Capitol Theatre, the Funky Meters and Dumpstaphunk will have you dancing along to their funky NOLA R&B.

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Funky Meters – Brooklyn Bowl – February 16, 2011

February 17th, 2011

Funky Meters - Brooklyn Bowl - February 16, 2011

Photos courtesy of Michael Jurick | music.jurick.net

(The Funky Meters also play Brooklyn Bowl tonight.)