George Porter Jr.
A Live One
2015 East Riverside
Austin, TX, 78741
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
George Porter Jr.
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 four decades, Porter has not only made a deep impression with his work in the Meters, but he's notched sessions with artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, David Byrne, Patti LaBelle, Robbie Robertson and Tori Amos. Early in his career, Porter worked with seminal New Orleans artists like Allen Toussaint, Earl King, Lee Dorsey, and Johnny Adams. Back in 1965, Porter joined on with the Meters, considered by many to be the ultimate fusion of rock, funk and R&B, and gained recognition as one of the scene's elite bass players.
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.
Today, Porter features that epic bottom end in his latest collection of Porter Batiste Stoltz tunes. "It's the ultimate jam band," Porter says, "one that actually is more musical than just playing everything you know in every song. This band slaps people in the face until they see how good the stuff is!"
A Live One
Phish trib from Austin's premiere ape-ers of Trey Anastacio and his merry men. Expect lots of improvisation, extended jam outs and cross-genre sonic traveling. You know, the stuff that made Phish famous. It's just being at the Big Festival, only at a fraction of the price and without Porta Potties. Plus you'll know all the words!
Guitarist Josh Pearson and drummer Dan McGreevy met early, playing cops and robbers in St. Charles, IL as kids, but it wasn't until years later when they both landed at Colorado State in Fort Collins, CO that the basement jams would begin. Out of that partnership, the original jam band Moving Matter was born, and in August of 2003, the band made the move to Austin, TX to pursue their musical careers.
In Austin, Josh and Dan decided to start a Phish tribute band around 2008, originally featuring friends Dustin & Evan Bozarth on keys and bass respectively. Due to busy schedules, it faded after a few practices and one show at Maxfest in 2010. Months later, Dan pushed the idea again, and brought in Wesley Haynes on keys - a musician they’d met months prior and knew would be a good fit. Two more bass players were auditioned to fill out the group, but the third time was the charm, when Michael Boyd responded to a Craigslist ad.
With the final piece in place, the group began rehearsing December of 2010, and unveiled their sound to an eager audience in March of 2011 with a two-song teaser at Ruta Maya, sandwiched between the bands Moving Matter and Jabarvy. Their first full show came a month later on April 20, 2011 when they played to a packed house at the Umphrey’s McGee aftershow at Stubbs in Austin, TX.
September of 2012 marked ALO's first tour, with shows in Dallas and Denver (including a Phish Dicks aftershow at Quixotes on Sept. 2), then through Fort Collins and several CO mountain towns. 2013 brings wind of another trip yet to be finalized, and with several 3-night runs already scheduled through Texas in spring, the band isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
THREE(!) sets are in order for this evening's special Halloween show, including a secret second set of another famous artist's album in it's entirety (hint; it isn't Phish). Get down early and dress the part. It's a full-on all-hallows jam!
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