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George Porter Jr. and Zigaboo Modeliste’s Foundation Of Funk will be joined by special guests Eric Krasno and John Medeski for a New Year’s Eve show in New Orleans on December 31.
Live streams featuring shows in New Orleans from Foundation Of Funk, Galactic, Dumpstaphunk with Marcus King, Billy Strings and more will be provided for free via nugs.net.
- Phil Lesh Guests With Foundation Of Funk & Midnight North In New Orleans And Announces Phil & Friends Shows
Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh made the rounds in New Orleans, where he sat-in with Foundation Of Funk and Midnight North. Additionally, a pair of Phil Lesh & Friends’ May 2019 shows at Terrapin Crossroads has been confirmed.
New Orleans’ own Foundation Of Funk featuring two members of The Meters will team with John Medeski, Eric Krasno and The Lettuce Horns for a Jazz Fest late night in April.
The Meters drummer Zigaboo Modeliste was among the special guests sitting-in with Vulfpeck last night in San Francisco.
Watch a few videos and check out photos from a Foundation Of Funk late night show in New Orleans.
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About Zigaboo Modeliste
Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste is a master drummer, rhythm innovator and New Orleans legend. The most highly-acclaimed drummer ever to hail from the Crescent City, Ziggy’s creativity has been a wellspring of funk influence for over five decades, inspiring many hip-hop tracks. His innovative work as a member of the internationally acclaimed R&B group, The Meters, as well as his side work with artists like Keith Richards, Robert Palmer and Dr. John, have garnered him an unparalleled level of respect among fans and musicians. The respect of industry peers remains strong in 2018, as the Recording Academy has honored Modeliste and The Meters with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award.
Zigaboo consistently displays his unique style of drumming grooves and concepts, incorporating those elements into the original music he continues to create. While performing as the drummer and vocalist in several bands, Ziggy’s music continually demonstrates his artistic brilliance.
The original LP’s by The Meters were all recorded with Zigaboo at the drums. His work has been sampled many times over by artists such as Musiq Soulchild, Queen Latifah, Run DMC, NWA, Ice Cube, Salt N’ Pepa, Cypress Hill, EPMD, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, Beastie Boys, Naughty by Nature, and Eminem. Modeliste is a BMI award winner for the Young Gunz track, “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop.” His drum sound also provided the main loops for Amerie’s “1Thing,” which was nominated for two Grammys and reached No. 1 on the R&B charts.
Zigaboo has written over 300 songs, both individually and collectively with The Meters. His songwriting displays both his musical genius and original funk style. Ziggy’s songs have been released on ove 70 albums nationally and internationally. His tunes have also graced such movies as “Two Can Play That Game,” “Jackie Brown,” “Drum Line,” “8 Mile,” “Hancock,” “Red,” and a Nike Commercial for Footaction. Modeliste was featured in producer Mark Ronson’s 2011 “Re:Generation Music Project,” where he wrote and performed the original song, “A La Modeliste,” with Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Trombone Shorty, and members of The Dap Kings.
In 2018, Zigaboo is expected to release his latest full-length recording, “Funk Amendment Rights” (“F.A.R.”). The album will feature the “King of the Funky Drums” himself, collaborating with hometown and national jazz and funk icons, making F.A.R. one of his most highly-anticipated releases to date.
Zigaboo’s first solo CD, Zigaboo.com, was released in 2000 and was reviewed as one of the most outstanding comeback records of the year. The 2004 follow-up CD, I’m on the Right Track, featured special guests, Dr. John and Bernie Worrell. Funk Me Hard Live is an EP collection of funk originals recorded in 1980 and released in 2009. Ziggy’s 2011 release New Life,” was praised as an amazing slice of funk — proof that Modeliste’s fountain of rhythmic imagination shows no signs of running dry. All these ever-grooving solo albums were released on Zigaboo’s own label, JZM Records and are available for download from iTunes and on CD at Zigaboo.com and CDBaby.com.
In 2013, Drum Channel and Zigaboo Modeliste released a DVD, ”The Originator of New Orleans Funky Drumming” — a history/biography of Zigaboo’s New Orleans-style drumming approach and technique. Ziggy was honored with the cover story in the August, 2013, edition of Modern Drummer. He was also featured as he held down the groove at Bonnaroo 2013 in the star-studded “Rock and Soul Dance Party,” singing his song, “Hey Pocky A-Way,” available on YouTube.
In 2014, Modeliste’s drum work was sampled in Eminem’s single, “Berserk” — a Billboard No. 1 BMI Award winner. That same year, Zigaboo and The Meters were showcased in Dave Grohl’s and HBO’s docuseries, “Sonic Highways.”
In 2016, The Meters famed “Handclapping” was the featured song in Google Pixel Nightmoves.
Modeliste is honored to hold the No. 18 spot in Rolling Stone Magazine’s “100 Greatest Drummers of All Times.” He has also been immortalized in songs, such as “Ziggowatt,” by Lettuce and “Zigaboogaloo,” by Nicholas Payton.
Chris Frantz’s new memoir ‘Remain In Love’ will feature the inside story of Talking Heads from his point-of-view and documents his romance with Tina Weymouth.
Billy Strings’ Saturday night concert at the Ogden Theatre in Denver will featured in a free live stream via nugs.net.
Circles Around The Sun will release a self-titled studio album in March 2020 containing the late Neal Casal’s final recordings.
A new action sports film, ‘Fire On The Mountain,’ featuring the music of the Grateful Dead and narrated by legendary Deadhead Bill Walton has been released.
Celebrate Dickey Betts’ 76th birthday by watching the legendary guitarist in action with The Allman Brothers Band on January 16, 1982 in Gainesville, Florida.