Porter-Batiste-Stoltz (“PBS”) is three of the most talented jamband musicians representing the New Orleans funk sound of the early 21st century: George Porter Jr., Russell Batiste and Brian Stoltz from the funky Meters. With Art Neville temporarily sidelined, ¾ of the funky Meters have decided to turn it on in the Colorado Rockies for three nights only:

January 9 | Sherpa & Yeti's | Breckenridge, CO
January 10 | Fox Theatre | Boulder, CO
January 11 | 8150 Club | Vail, CO

Since Jazzfest 2002 at the Orpheum Theater, the funky Meters have played only one gig, Halloween night at the Howlin’ Wolf. This vast void of time has given these 10+ years bandmates an opportunity to vacation and explore wherever their instruments take them.

George Porter Jr. stayed close to home throughout the summer, playing gigs at the Maple Leaf with a rotating roster of a who’s who of New Orleans funk: Johnny Vidacovich (drums), June Yamagishi (guitar), Stanton Moore (drums), Rich Vogel (guitar), Clarence Johnson III (saxophone), Mark Mullins (trombone), and Brian Stoltz (guitar). George also spent time reforming a new version of his perennial Pardners. But recently he has been on the road with Warren Haynes’ Gov't Mule since October. To see where George and his bass will be in the upcoming year, be sure to check out GeorgePorterJr.com.

Russell Batiste was invited to play drums in Page McConnell’s Vida Blue. The Phish family welcomed Russell with open arms, as did Russell with the Phish family. As one of the most in-demand drummers in the jamband scene today, Russell’s other ventures kept him busy as well, such as Brides of Jesus, Orchestra from Da Hood, and PGF.

Brian Stoltz has been hard at work in the studio creating his long-awaited CD release, East of Rampart Street. When you are experiencing the Brian Stoltz world of nasty guitarwork, you better be prepared for the energy to overwhelm you as Brian has excellent taste when inviting guests into the studio, including Art Neville, George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, Irene Sage, Peter V, and John Gros. The CD will be available in January. If you are a fan of music, you should check this gem out. Also check out Brian on tour by visiting BrianStoltz.com. Or just hang out in New Orleans where he can emerge anywhere anytime, guest appearing with the likes of Ratdog or Gov’t Mule.

Whether you live in Colorado or not, you will feel the vibrations sprouting January 9 – 11 because three musical giants are plugging in and turning on. And we funky fans look forward to it with funky anticipation.

Matthew Kane
JamBase | Colorado
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[Published on: 1/2/03]

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