Band: George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners
Date: Friday, Nov. 15, with doors at 7 p.m.
Venue: Cedar Street Social Club, 4 N. Cedar St., cedarstreetsocialclub.com
Tickets: $15 adv./$20 day-of, available through Eventbrite
One of the forefathers of New Orleans funk will be getting the crowd moving and grooving at Cedar Street Social Club. Bassist George Porter Jr. (The Meters) will be returning to the Azalea City with his Runnin’ Pardners project. Porter and his crew will provide an evening of beautiful funk that screams of the Big Easy. This time, locals can expect the group to delve into the band’s back catalog. Porter says the band’s new guitarist’s (Chris Adkins) request to play material “dropped by the wayside” has been refreshing.
“You get used to playing the new songs and you don’t venture into those other songs again,” Porter said. “Chris has been asking to play those other songs, and it’s been fun.”
In addition to the Runnin’ Pardners, Porter has also been focusing on the George Porter Jr. Trio. Porter says this three-piece funk outfit has been enjoying a Monday night residency at Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans. Porter adds that the trio is in the process of recording an album, which he plans on releasing before the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Whether with the trio or the Runnin’ Pardners, this iconic bassist says the chemistry he shares with his bandmates is undeniable by their audiences.
“We play off of each other well,” Porter said. “Sometimes, a couple of us may do something at the same time that’s unexpected. The other players will acknowledge that they heard that. We’ll be laughing at things that happened because they happened.”
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