The Meter Men and Page McConnell of Phish to Play March 22 in NYC
The Meter Men, featuring George Porter Jr., Leo Nocentelli, and Zigaboo Modeliste, three of the four original members of the legendary funk band from New Orleans The Meters, and Page McConnell of Phish, will perform at The Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center on March 22. The show will also feature Chicago’s The Main Squeeze, a rising funk band that is gaining national prominence, and DJ Cochon de Lait in between sets.
It’s no stretch to say that The Meters single-handedly defined New Orleans funk. Performing and recording their own music throughout the latter half of the ’60s and into the ’70s, this seminal group laid the foundation for what is now a ubiquitous genre, influencing countless funk musicians with their earthy, down-home style. Tracks like “Cissy Strut,” “Look-Ka Py Py,” “Sophisticated Sissy,” and “Chicken Strut” are staples of the funk genre, and the band’s work backing artists like Dr. John, Robert Palmer, Lee Dorsey, and even Paul McCartney is instantly recognizable. The Meters’ sound also provided a jumping off point for much of the hip-hop of the ’80s and ’90s, with rap luminaries like LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, Run DMC, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, and more sampling the band’s tracks.
The show is being put on by CEG & Nolafunk, and it should certainly be a good time. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased online at Ticketweb.com and Nolafunk.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. Information about the show can be found below, along with a video of the group jamming in Times Square.
Friday March 22, 7pm Doors, 8pm Show
The Meter Men:
George Porter Jr., Leo Nocentelli, Zigaboo Modeliste, and Page McConnell of Phish
w/ special guests The Main Squeeze & DJ Cochon de Lait
General Admission Floor Standing: $49.50
General Admission Balcony Seated: $59.50
VIP Premium Roped Off Area Up Front of Floor with Table Seating with Private Waitress Service: $79.50