The Concept – 09/26/2002 – New York, NY


The Concept
BB King’s Blues Club
New York, NY

Ivan Neville – keys (Dumpstaphunk, Keith Richards’ X-Pensive Winos, The Neville Brothers)
George Porter, Jr. – bass (The Meters / Funky Meters)
Questlove – drums (The Roots)
Eric Krasno – guitar (Soulive, Lettuce)
Bill Summers – percussion (Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, War, Los Hombres Calientes)
Casey Benjamin – sax and keys (Project Logic)

Set 1
1. intro
2. Funky Miracle ->
3. Cissy Strut
4. El Barrio
5. banter – band intros
6. Bill Summers solo ->
7. Watermelon Man -> #
8. Questlove solo ->
9. George Porter solo (includes “Purple Haze” teases) ->
10. Watermelon Man (reprise) ^
11. Slippin’ Into Darkness
12. Sly
13. banter – hurricane party / milk and cookies
14. I Need More Time

Set 2
1. intro
2. Check Out Your Mind ->
3. Just Kissed My Baby ->
4. Let Me Have It All ->
5. Look Ky Py Py ->
6. Percusssion duets ->
7. Look Ka Py Py (reprise) ->
8. Jesus Children Of America ->
9. If You Want Me To Stay…
10. Coochie Snack
11. Everything Is Everything

01. encore break
02. Chameleon
03. crowd / announcements

# = there seems to be a small cut on the master recording with some undetermined amount music missing at 4:40, though it doesn’t sound like a lot
^ = there is some bass distortion coming out of the PA at the 1:07 this track for a few seconds

Original master recording: Neumann TLM-170 (cardoids, FOB center of main dance floor) -> Apogee AD1000 -> Teac DAP20 (master @ 16/48)

Taped and mastered by: Scott Bernstein

Taper notes:
Most of the time I get a good idea for putting out a BARN release based on some random memory about some random show or from a conversation with someone about a show….or am proceeding along in a very slow chronological process of getting some of my deeper archives of my favorite (and mostly underrepresented in the wilds of the internet) bands out there (God Street Wine, Soulive, Dan Bern, Percy Hill)….but every so often someone makes a request. BARN120 is coming out due to an unsolicited request from a random person I’ve never met who emailed me saying something “Based on the type of stuff you post, I wonder if you recorded this show from 9 years ago…?” well, indeed I did. And what a good suggestion!

How’s this for a night? A show called “The Concept” which was, I guess, a concept of putting like-minded musicians together from different parts of the country to JAM. First and foremost, you’ve got the incredible George Porter from the legendary Meters on bass and vocals. Then add Bill Summers, percussionist from 3 killer bands — Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, War, and Los Hombres Calientes. Then add Ivan Neville, the organist and funkmaster (and son of Aaron) who would go on to found the awesome Dumpstaphunk (but by this point had already played with many lumanaries, including Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt, and even had a solo hit of his own when he was just in his teens), ?uestlove (aka Amir Thompson) when he was JUST the Roots drummer (and not a late night TV band-leader) and still living in Philly. Then add local boys Eric Krasno (Soulive) on guitar and musical jack of all trades Casey Benjamin (formerly band leader of Project Logic) on saxophone and keys.

Mix all of that talent together with a lot of interesting CLASSIC material from their individual bands (Headhunters, Meters, War) plus neutral-ground funk standards from Stevie Wonder, Sly And The Family Stone, Donnie Hathaway, and Curtis Mayfield, this one-off band grooved long and hard on these tunes. And listening back to it today still got me dancing in my chair. Nice request! I would consider this show a modern-day funk classic (even thuogh it’s already nearly 10 years old)!

I found this review of the show still around on JamBase:
JamBase – What Is The Concept?



photo by Dino Perrucci

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Funky Meters – 06/13/2003 – Manchester, TN


Funky Meters
This Tent, Bonnaroo
Manchester, TN

1. antipicapatory crowd/tuning
2. Cissy Strut ->
3. Africa ->
4. Iko Iko ->
5. Look Ka Py Py ->
6. The World Is a Little Bit Under The Weather ->
7. Chicken Strut ->
8. bass solo ->
9. Ain’t No Use teases ->
10. Little Old Moneymaker
11. Cabbage Alley
12. Fire On The Bayou ->
13. Groovy Lady ->
14. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 ->
15. Funky Miracle ->
16. Purple Haze ->
17. Funky Miracle (reprise)
18. Jungle Man -> +
19. People Say &+
20. Gettin’ Funky -> +
21. Voodoo Child -> * +
22. 3rd Stone From The Sun -> *+
23. Hey Pocky Way *+
24. band intros/encore break/banter – a float passing by/tuning
25. Sesame Street Theme -> +
26. Soul Island / Ride The Donkey -> +
27. Just Kissed My Baby +

+ = w/Ian Neville on guitar (songs are a guess — he’s not very audible and may have performed on less than I’ve indicated)
& = guy runs onstage about 7:30 into song. The band members tell security not to beat him up, just put him out. Art says he might streak across the stage in a minute. Russell takes his pants off in sympathy
* = w/Warren Haynes on guitar

Original Recording: Neumann TLM170s(hypercards FOB) -> Apogee AD1000 -> Sony D8(master @ 16/48)

Thanks to “The Dude” for lending me his spare D8 for most of the weekend after I shorted the battery on my Teac DAP20 at the beginning of the weekend!

Recorded, Transferred, Mastered, and Tracked by Scott Bernstein 6/3-29/2010).

Taper notes:
Continuing my NOLA Jazzfest Appreciation series, I present BARN51, a killer set from a legendary New Orleans act, but taking place outside of New Orleans. The Funky Meters performed a killer late night set at Bonnaroo in 2003 — possibly the last truly killer Funky Meters set I’ve seen (i.e. before Ian became the sole guitarist).

Wow…..just wow. So much energy — and so many people in the tent for this late night show. It was scheduled for, I believe a 1AM start, but here we were, well after a LONG hot day, waiting on the band to start more than an hour after their scheduled time. Yes, there were other acts playing then which I could have been at, but I stuck it out to see these guys. The word was circulating in the crowd that Art’s plane was delayed so they were just waiting on him to show. Well, finally he did, and the crowd was so amped up, the place exploded when they came onstage, ripping into their most popular tunes right out of the gate! But the band really found its footing with Fire On The Bayou. You can really hear the magic start to happen there, and the crowd is feeling it, giving the love back singing along, and a wonderful feedback loop starts between the band and crowd. The rest of the set is just top notch. And what to say about Warren? He just makes every band better. :-)

To my surprise, for a huge show inside of a tent, this recording stands up very well. It’s much crisper and clearer than I would have expected, so it’s a sonic treat as well.



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Funky Meters – 01/14/2011 – New Orleans, LA

Funky Meters
New Orleans, LA

One Set 2:02
1. Groovy Lady
2. Africa (Take Me Back)
3. Soul Island
4. Fire On The Bayou
5. Message From The Meters
6. Too Funky
7. Chug A Lug
8. Love Slip Up On Ya
9. That Ain’t The Way to Carry On
10. People Say
11. 9 to 5
12. Hey Pocky A-Way *
13. Mardi Gras Mambo **
14. Cissy Strut

*Khris Royal on Alto Sax
**Khris Royal on Alto Sax, Russell Batiste on Tenor Sax, Terrence Houston on Drums

The Funky Meters
Art Neville – Organ
George Porter Jr – Bass
Brian Stoltz – Guitar
Russell Batiste – Drums

Source: Schoeps MK5 Cardiod wORTF
Taped and transferred by NOLAfishwater

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Wanee All Star Funk Jam – 4/17/2010 – Live Oak, FL

Wanee All Star Funk Jam
17 April 2010
Wanee Music Festival
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Live Oak, FL

Source: SBD

01. Red Beans Cookin’
02. Big Chief
03. Iko Iko
04. Will It Go Round In Circles
05. Mojo Hannah
06. Hey Pocky Way
07. Cabbage Alley


An ash cloud from a volcano in Iceland forced widespread flight cancellations across Europe (the ash is bad for jet engines). Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, which played April 15 at the Paradiso in Amsterdam, was grounded.

Enter the All Star Funk Jam, a swampy extravaganza featuring members of Dumpstaphunk and The Funky Meters — acts that were to bracket the set by Sharon — and special guests: Cody and Luther Dickinson, Oteil and Kofi Burbridge, JoJo Herman, Bobby Lee Rodgers, Matt Grondin.

The 53-minute jam under the leafy canopy of the Mushroom Stage represents the improvisational, collaborative effort that is the Wanee Music Festival. Enjoy. — vwmule

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