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Members Of The Meters & Widespread Panic Announce Jazz Fest After Show January 10, 2017 13:43

It's that time of the year again, when all of the pieces for the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (Jazz Fest) are beginning to fall into place.  Foundation of Funk, which features George Porter Jr. and Zigaboo Modeliste (The Meters) teaming up with a rotating cast of musicians, has just revealed arguably its most exciting lineup to date.  The supergroup will headline an official Jazz Fest after show at NOLA Republic on Thursday, May 4th with the help of Widespread Panic's Jimmy Herring and JoJo Hermann.  This group of performers are certainly no strangers to the annual New Orleans celebration, as Porter and Zigaboo have been staples in the scene for decades, and Widespread Panic has performed at the festival a total of nine times.  

This Foundation of Funk set will follow a previously announced Mardi Gras performance (Friday, February 24th) at Tipitinas, a night where the lineup will feature Anders Osborne and Jon Cleary.  Tickets for Foundation of Funk with Jimmy Herring and JoJo Hermann will go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 13 at 11am. Fans can get a code for pre-sale tickets by signing up for the Nolafunk email list (those tickets will go on sale Wednesday, January 11 at 11am).

Watch Foundation of Funk (feat. Eric Krasno & Neal Evans of Soulive) perform at The Rex Theatre on 05.19.16 here:


The Original Meters To Reunite At New Orleans' Orpheum Theater January 15, 2016 09:44

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On April 22nd, Art Neville, George Porter Jr., Leo Nocentelli, and Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste will reunite as The Original Meters to kick off the first Jazz Fest season at the newly renovated Orpheum Theater in downtown New Orleans since it was shuttered in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. The legendary funk quartet will be joined by special guest Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk) with the horn section of Tracy Griffin, Jeff Albert, Khris Royal, and Clarence Johnson III
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Tickets go on sale Friday, January 15th at 10am CST online at orpheumnola.com or by contacting the Orpheum Box Office at 504.274.4870. Tickets can also be purchased on site beginning two hours prior to the performance, subject to availability. For ticketing or box office questions, please email tickets@orpheumnola.com.
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The Original Meters have only made a handful of appearances in recent years. In addition to performances at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and New Orleans Voodoo Fest, the band reunited for a rare club show in May of 2012, selling out the 1000 capacity venue in New Orleans in an hour.
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Watch The Meters perform "Cissy Strut" at the 1993 New Orleas Jazz Fest here:
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