George Porter Jr. & Runnin' Pardners w/ Digg and Liebermonster
2637 Welton St.,
Denver, CO, 80205
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM (event ends at 2:00 AM)
This event is 16 and over
George Porter Jr. & Runnin' Pardners
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.
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.
Digg is developing a sound that has a wide range of appeal among fans of different ages and genres of music. Hitting the Denver music scene in June of 2012, within their first 5 shows Digg had headlined a Saturday, played a festival with the likes of The Motet and Black Uhuru, and opened for some very notable musicians including DVS featuring Mike Dillon. The initial response to Digg from music fa
ns and venues has been overwhelmingly positive and they are looking to continue this momentum into 2013. If you are a fan of solid songwriting, meaningful lyrics, and musicianship with a touch of improvisation, check out Digg. They are sure to be making a lasting impression on music fans for years to come.
Digg is a modern rock-blues band out of Denver, Colorado consisting of four experienced musicians. Will Crossland on Guitar and Vocals, Chase Gillespie on Sax, Keys, and Vocals, Aaron Sandry on Drums, and Jesse Darrow on Bass.
Half-man, half monster? Perhaps, but we're not talking about any senators from Connecticut. Liebermonster, a dynamic project featuring the funky, creative work of five Front Range musicians, will have you growling for more. Liebermonster's sound fuses irresistible funk grooves with influences from rock, Latin, jazz and electronica. You might even catch the occasional Yiddish folk or video game lick, carried over from Liebermonster's diverse backgrounds. Saxophone player Brandon Barski fronts the band with cleverly crafted melodies and harmonies. Guitarist Shane Lieberman (the man behind the monster) wails, adding often unexpected layers to the sound. Eric Bloom (keys), Carey Joliffe (bass), and Jim Copeland (drums) lock it in to form Liebermonster's tight, hard-driving rhythm section. Since opening for acclaimed funk group Soulive in May 2009, Liebermonster has brought raving audiences in Colorado to their feet.
Shane Lieberman (Guitar and Vocals)
Shane has been playing guitar, writing music and performing for over 15 years. He has toured the country with various bands and taken part in many recordings. Shane brought Liebermonster together in late 2008 and early 2009 to focus on original composition, musicianship, recording and making noise.
Brandon Barski (Saxophone and Vocals)
A veteran sax player of nearly 17 years, Brandon holds a B.A. in Music from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. He has studied classical and jazz theory, composition, jazz performance, vocal performance, participated in numerous performing groups, and lent his talents to several albums. He is currently pursuing a career in video game music composition, and hopes to one day be well known as both a composer and session musician.
Carey Joliffe (Bassist)
Originally from New York, Carey has traveled the across the US, Europe and Asia with his bass in tow absorbing musical influences wherever he's gone. For the past 23 years music has taken him on a journey from Rock to Jazz to Funk to Bluegrass to Hawaiian to Reggae to Irish Trad to Electronica to Avant Garde Noise. Carey sights the Freemasons, Warner Brother's cartoons and beer as his biggest musical influences.
Eric Bloom (Keys)
Eric has taken a long musical path to Liebermonster that exposed him to everything from classical to jazz to Bossa Nova to Yiddish folk music. For now, funk is where the heart is, and Eric has found a good home with Liebermonster. Originally from Boston, Eric can be found dangling from a rope two hundred feet up a canyon when not jamming with these guys.
Jim Copeland (Drums)
Jim has been playing drums for over 20 years. He has immersed himself in many genres including jazz, funk, fusion, rock, reggae, blues, Latin and pop.
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