New Orleans, LA. — After more that 25 years of separation, Art Neville,
Zigaboo Modeliste, George Porter Jr., and Leo Nocentelli are returning to festival, concert and club stages as the supergroup that put New Orleans funk on the map and that continues to exert an unparalleled influence on American roots and popular music: The Meters.
The Meters by Jay Blakesberg
The Meters' unique place as a touchstone for countless jam bands and as one of the
most sampled groups in all of hip-hop and pop music has kept it relevant to
contemporary audiences in a way that few, if any other 70's groups can claim.
The band's first scheduled appearance will take place in Las Vegas on October 30 as
part of the upcoming Vegoose event. The Meters will also perform in New York on
November 25 at the new Nokia Theatre Times Square. For more information visit
Details of confirmed shows will be announced soon, as the original Meters—creators of
"Sophisticated Cissy," "Cissy Strut," "Ease Back," and many other funk classics—are set
to join the live music landscape in a way not seen since 1979. "It is an honor to once again be making music with all of the original Meters," said
Zigaboo Modeliste, the band's drummer. "The music that we recorded in the late 60's
has been infectious and remains popular today. We are blessed to still be alive and be
able to play. I look forward to working with the Corp of Funk Engineers!" "I am happy to be playing with The Meters again, these are some of the baddest dudes
I've been blessed to play with over the years," said founding member Art "Poppa Funk"
Neville. "I'll be sittin' down, but the REAL funk will be standing up."
Leo Nocentelli said, "It's a very rare situation when a group, as well as their songs, can be as new today as they were in the 60's. That's exactly what the original Meters are
experiencing now. For me, I think that The Meters performing for fans today is
something that no one should miss hearing or seeing." George Porter Jr. said, "It's great, and it's going to be FUNKIN' GREAT!"
The band's appearance at this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April, one
of only a handful of Meters shows during the past two and half decades, was easily the
most anticipated set at Jazz Fest 2005 and for many the highlight of the event.
Quint Davis, producer/director of Jazz Fest and one of the driving forces behind the
reunion, said, "The Meters' Jazz Fest performance proved this band is as vital as ever.
Everybody knows The Meters are an important link to the past, but when they take the
stage they are the future of funk." Davis's company, Festival Productions, Inc.-New Orleans, will manage The Meters in conjunction with Elevation Group Management, the same Bay Area firm that represents The Neville Brothers and Art Neville.
Kent Sorrell, of Elevation Group Management, said, "Elevation is looking forward to
guiding The Meters back to their natural place as one of the world's greatest live bands.
The Meters impact on music as we know today is unsurpassed. For music fans far and
wide, this reunion proves to be a truly amazing experience."
The William Morris Agency is the booking agent for The Meters.
The Meters are Art Neville, organ; Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste, drums; George Porter Jr.,
bass; and Leo Nocentelli, guitar.