Yesterday, Phish keyboardist Page McConnell performed at the Fairgrounds in New Orleans with The Meter Men as part of the final day of Jazz Fest. Portions of McConnell and The Meter Men’s set, which focused on Meters material, was aired on AXS TV live from The Crescent City.
Phish keyboardist Page McConnell and The Meter Men teamed up for their first headlining gig of 2013 last night at the Grand Ballroom in New York City. The quartet delivered many of The Meters’ beloved tunes over the course of the lengthy show including Hey Pocky A-Way and Fire On The Bayou which videographer Marc Millman captured for our enjoyment…
Photographer Dino Perrucci was on hand and has filed a number of stunning shots…
As we’ve mentioned, Phish keyboardist Page McConnell and The Meter Men will return to New York City this Friday for a show at The Grand Ballroom. We gave away a pair of tickets to the show and are pleased to announce that Dianna Hank won the ducats to Friday’s performance.
Friday’s show marks the band’s first NYC gig since Halloween and Nov. 1. Doors are set to open at 7PM at which point DJ Cochon de Lait will spin. The Main Squeeze will take the stage at 8 followed by two sets from McConnell, bassist George Porter Jr., drummer Zigaboo Modeliste and guitarist Leo Nocentelli. Let’s check out a clip of Page and The Meter Men tackling The Meters’ Fire On The Bayou…
Next Friday night, March 22nd, Page McConnell will team up with three members of legendary New Orleans band The Original Meters, aka The Meter Men to perform at the elegant Grand Ballroom in New York City. The quartet features the Phish keyboardist along with bassist George Porter Jr., drummer Zigaboo Modeliste and guitarist Leo Nocentelli from The Meters.
Page and The Meter Men first visited NYC just after SuperStorm Sandy hit, limiting transportation options for some of those who were looking to attend. Those who did make it out caught a pair of memorable performances that were heavy on funk and otherworldly musicianship. From the looks of the videos we shared from the group’s first 2013 set, they are picking up right where they left off.
As part of our Everybody Wins When We Plug Something And In Return They Offer Us Free Shit To Give Away program, we’ve got a pair of tickets to see Page McConnell and The Meter Men at Grand Ballroom on March 22nd to giveaway. Simply leave a comment below telling us about your favorite Meters song. We’ll pick one entry at random at 3PM ET on March 18th. You can enter a second time by leaving a similar comment on the Hidden Track Facebook Page and a third time by following @hidden_track and tweeting the name of your favorite Meters song at us. You must include both @hidden_track and #htpagemeters in your tweet.
Three members of The Original Meters – guitarist Leo Nocentelli, drummer Zigaboo Modeliste and bassist George Porter Jr. – have taken to performing under “The Meter Men” moniker with guest keyboardists last year. One of those keyboardists was Page McConnell of Phish who joined The Meter Men for a quick run at the end of October and beginning of November. Page and The Meter Men have scheduled a number of gigs over the next few months, the first of which took place on Saturday night at the Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa, Florida.
The quartet stuck to material from The Meters’ repertoire as they did at their 2012 performances. Here’s a look at the setlist from The Meter Men with Page McConnell’s Gasparilla set…
Set: Intro > Jam > Funky Miracle, Look-Ka Py Py > Just Kissed My Baby, Sophisticated Cissy > Cissy Strut > Cardova > You’ve Got to Change (You’ve Got to Reform) > Stay Away, Fire On the Bayou > Funkify Your Life > Your Mama Don’t Dance, Hey Pocky A-Way
This morning a Phish Update email went out to subscribers detailing Live Phish shows that have been added to digital services such as Spotify, iTunes and Rhapsody and also promotes the handful of shows keyboardist Page McConnell will play with The Meter Men. Listed among those shows is a gig that hadn’t officially been announced – a March 23rd performance at Union Transfer in Philadelphia.
While the venue, Page and Phish.com have yet to put up details on this show, the Phish Update email mentions that tickets for the Philadelphia gig on on sale tomorrow, February 16. Keep your eyes on the Union Transfer website for an official announcement.
As per Phish Update, here’s the full list of Page McConnell and Meter Men dates…
The Meter Men and Page McConnell have added another date to the group’s upcoming touring docket. Zigaboo Modeliste, George Porter Jr., Leo Nocentelli and the Phish keyboardist will play the Grand Ballroom at the Manhattan Center in New York City on March 22nd.
We’re glad to see that The Meter Men with Phish keyboardist Page McConnell keep on expanding their schedule. Not only has the quartet announced a second show at Republic in New Orleans during Jazz Fest – this one takes place during the first weekend of the legendary festival – but the group will also perform at a festival in Tampa, Florida next month.
McConnell along with Original Meters members Zigaboo Modeliste, Leo Nocentelli and George Porter Jr. are set to play the Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park and Kiley Gardens on March 9th. Best Coast, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Dawes and Lord Huron are among the other acts on the bill. Tickets are available now for a mere $25.
The Meter Men features three Original Meters members: guitarist Leo Nocentelli, drummer Zigaboo Modeliste and bassist George Porter Jr. Leo, Zigaboo and George paired up with the Phish keyboardist for a short run last fall. Tickets for the Denver show go on sale this Saturday at 10AM local time.
Just about a week ago the lineup for the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival came out and one of the many names listed was that of The Meter Men with Phish keyboardist Page McConnell. Original Meters members George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste and Leo Nocentelli first teamed up with McConnell for a brief run of shows last fall and will reprise their collaboration at Jazz Fest. Not only will the quartet play at the Fairgrounds, they’ll also play a late night show in The Crescent City.
The Meter Men with Page McConnell will perform at Republic New Orleans on May 4th starting at approximately 10PM local time. Tickets will go on sale this Saturday, at noon via TicketWeb.
Phish keyboardist Page McConnell and three/fourths of The Original Meters have embarked on a short tour that began last night at The Royale in Boston under the moniker The Meter Men and Page McConnell. The show was supposed to take place at The Sinclair but was moved to the larger Royale after a delay in the club’s opening. McConnell, bassist George Porter Jr., drummer Zigaboo Modeliste and guitarist Leo Nocentelli offered two sets filled with gems from The Meters’ songbook.
Last week we told you about The Metermen, a project featuring Phish keyboardist Page McConnell along with The Original Meters members Zigaboo Modeliste, Leo Nocentelli and George Porter Jr, and the group’s pair of performances at B.B. King’s in New York City on October 31 and November 1. Today, the band has tacked on another show to the run, as they’ll perform at the historic Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. on November 2.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 27, at Noon EDT.
UPDATE: George Porter Jr. shares his calendar with the world including dates he needs to keep open for possible gigs and rehearsals. You’ll notice that in September the legendary bassist has kept the 27th open for “Metermen Rehearsal” and the 28th as “Hold For Metermen Gig.” Both locations are listed as GPJ’s hometown of New Orleans, so hopefully we’ll see a debut performance from the quartet on September 28th in The Big Easy. You’ll also notice a yet-to-be-announced gig featuring The Roots and The Funky Meters at the yet-to-be-re-opened Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York on September 21. [Nice sleuthing @gr8fulgolfer]