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Take Me To The River NOLA LIVE! feat. George Porter Jr. + Jon Cleary tickets at Fox Theatre in Boulder
Sat Mar 11, 2023 - 8:00 PM

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Take Me To The River NOLA LIVE! feat. George Porter Jr. + Jon Cleary

feat. George Porter Jr. & Runnin' Pardners + Jon Cleary & The Absolute Gentlemen with Big Chief Bo Dolis Jr. of the Wild Magnolias
Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO Ages: All Ages
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97.3 KBCO & Grateful Web Present

97.3 KBCO & Grateful Web Present

Take Me To The River NOLA LIVE! feat. George Porter Jr. + Jon Cleary

feat. George Porter Jr. & Runnin' Pardners + Jon Cleary & The Absolute Gentlemen with Big Chief Bo Dolis Jr. of the Wild Magnolias
Fox Theatre
1135 13th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Sat Mar 11, 2023 - 8:00 PM
Ages: All Ages
Doors Open: 7:00 PM
Door Price: Starting from: $29.50
Onsale: Fri Dec 16, 2022 - 10:00 AM
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Bio: George Porter Jr.

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 60's 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.

Porter’s rhythmic work in the Meters in lockstep with drummer Zigaboo Modeliste was epic. Those pockets, the long notes and fat holes, provided the cushion for Leo Nocentelli or Art Neville to play or sing over and created some of R&B history’s most memorable grooves.

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."

Porter has proven to be capable of the ultimate fusion of rock, funk and R&B, and has gained recognition as one of the industry’s elite bass players. He continues to be not only an in demand performing artist but an accomplished studio musician and producer.

Today, Porter features that epic bottom end in his latest ventures with his own band the Runnin' Pardners.
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Bio: Jon Cleary

Jon Cleary, English by birth, started his journey picking up the guitar at the age of five, surrounded by musicians in his family. His first performance in public was at the age of eleven and by fourteen was gigging on the UK pub circuit. He arrived in New Orleans at seventeen and got his first piano job subbing for the now legendary pianist James Booker at the Maple Leaf Bar. He further honed his skills when drafted as a sideman for the likes of Johnny Adams, Earl King and Snooks Eaglin and found himself playing long, late night gigs in the clubs of New Orleans and the road shacks of country towns in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi. Since then he has pursued his own career, delighting audiences around the world as a band leader and solo performer, earning a solid reputation as being, amongst other things, a 'musicians musician'. He is acknowledged as a leading practitioner of what he calls 'his hobby', New Orleans style piano. Jon is a powerful and distinctive vocalist while also having earned respect as a songwriter and arranger. He has been a sideman for the likes of Taj Mahal, Dr John, John Scofield and had a long association with Bonnie Raitt who described him as 'the ninth wonder of the world'. Through it all he has continued to work behind the scenes as a multi-instrumentalist and an all-around session musician whilst developing a firm reputation as an artist in his own rite.

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