CEG & Nolafunk are very proud to announce a very special engagement by The Meter Men, which features three of the four original members of the legendary funk band from New Orleans The Meters (George Porter Jr., Leo Nocentelli, and Zigaboo Modeliste) with Page McConnell of Phish on Friday March 22 at The Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center. The show will also feature Chicago’s The Main Squeeze, a rising funk band that is gaining national prominence, plus DJ Cochon de Lait in between sets.
The March 22 performance of The Meter Men will go on sale to the general public this Saturday February 23 at 12pm EST. Tickets are available through TicketMaster and (800) 745-3000.
It’s no stretch to say that The Meters singlehandedly 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.
Under the Nolafunk moniker, CEG honors the musical heroes and spirit of New Orleans in New York City all year round, producing concerts in the Big Apple featuring many of the Big Easy’s finest musicians, such as Dr. John, Rebirth Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins, Anders Osborne, Bonerama, Eric Lindell, Tab Benoit, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Papa Grows Funk and many more. In addition, CEG amasses all-star Nola-centric lineups for both the annual Nolafunk Mardi Gras Ball (now a tour as well) and the annual Nolafunk Summer Jazzfest.
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
Tickets go on sale Saturday February 23 at 12pm Eastern via