GEORGE PORTER JR WITH OPENING ACT FLOW TRIBE
George Porter Jr. & Runnin' Pardners Funk Band
George Porter, Jr. is best known as the bassist of The Meters, along with Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli and Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste. The group was formed in the mid 60s and came to be recognized as one of the progenitors of funk then called R&B. The Meters disbanded in 1977, but reformed in 1989. Today the original group still plays the occasional reunions but the Funky Meters, of which Porter and Neville are still members, most prominently keeps the spirit alive.
Few bass players in the history of modern New Orleans music are as storied as George Porter Jr. During the course of a career spanning more then four decades, Porter has not only made a deep impression with his work in the Meters, but he's notched session work with artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, David Byrne, Patti LaBelle, Robbie Robertson, Tori Amos, Taj Mahal, Ryan Montbleau and live performances with Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Warren Haynes, John Scofield, Steve Kimock, Eric Krasno (and including recent studio releases with Warren Haynes and Bill Kreutzmann) just to name a few. Early in his career, Porter worked with seminal New Orleans artists like Allen Toussaint, Earl King, Lee Dorsey, and Johnny Adams, Irma Thomas, The Lastie Brothers again to only name a few.
Porter is also the band leader of his own unique long term project the Runnin' Pardners, well respected not only as a quintessential New Orleans band, the touring band continues to receive accolades on the jam band and festival scene. He has assembled some seasoned and talented musicians to join him on this project. Familiar Pardners Brint Anderson (guitar) and, Michael Lemmler (keyboards) and rising stars on the New Orleans music scene Khris Royal (saxophone) and Terrence Houston (drums). George Porter Jr. plans to keep a smile on his face." I feel like I am working towards something that will be remembered."
Flow Tribe is all about feeling. You should be able to feel the rhythm of the bass drum vibrating through your body. You should be able to feel the energy and charisma provided by K.C. O'Rorke and his crew. Most importantly, you should be able to feel the growing buzz that infiltrates the audience at a Flow Tribe show. It begins as a low rumble of feet shuffling, bodies swaying, before exploding into a full-out dance party.
Growing up in The Big Easy, O'Rorke was heavily influenced by the jazz and funk sounds that can be found along Bourbon Street. Their sound is unique, blending old-school jazz technique with more modern elements.
Unlike today's music, which is created with fancy computers and programs, O'Rorke thinks the bands organic sound is what attracts the younger audience. "I think people are tired of stuff like EDM and computer-generated noise. They want something organic that they can dance to."
And they certainly dance.
"We've seen everything on the dance floor," remarks O'Rorke, "from old ladies learning how to dance, to babies learning how to walk."
Flow Tribe's main goal is to turn any kind of venue into a dance floor where people can mingle and have a good time. Sunday, Flow Tribe will turn the courtyard at Marion Courtroom into a place to let loose.
"We play backbone crackin' music," says O'Rorke. "We make sure to keep the beat grooving so everyone can hit the dance floor and get their necks moving."
That's not to say O'Rorke and the band haven't played at a few unlikely venues. He reminisces about trying to win over punk rock crowd in Savannah, Georgia. "It was intimidating but we got them moving by the end of the night," he says.
You'll also notice Sunday that these are some snazzily dressed fellas as well, using the mantra "Make it Shine" to keep their style on point.
"We like to look good and keep things fresh," says O'Rorke, "If you feel good and look good, everyone has a good time."
Marion Court Room (View)
7 Marion Court
Lancaster, PA 17602
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
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