The Funky Meters feat. John Medeski & Analog Son 3.23.17
The Fox Theatre
Words & photo by Kevin Hahn (Split Open & Shoot Photography)
Us Coloradans are very lucky to be able to see George numerous times a year whether it’s with The Foundation of Funk, The Meter Men, his own The Runnin Pardner’s, or the annual Mt. Sun’s Funky Good Times event. This time around he was at The Fox Theatre celebrating the 25th anniversary of one of the more respected music clubs in the Western United States. Ironically, George and this very group opened The Fox back in 1992 and still can bring the heat just like they did back in the days before Z2 Entertainment owned The Fox and the CU football team had more than one great season to hang their hat on. Opening the night for George and his funky friends was the Denver-based Analog Son who can hold their on when it comes to the necessities of a good funk band. Armed with two great female singers, Devon Parker and Ashley Niven and the founding guitar/bass duo of Jordan Linit and Josh Fairman, Analog brought some great energy to open the night and had the entire crowd dancing from start to finish.
For the first encore Stoltz fired up the Meter engine with the very distinctive notes of “Ain’t No Use” which provided the largest crowd reaction of the night by far. I had a hard time controlling my own enjoyment; as for all the Meter side-projects I have seen this could have been one of my most favorite live experiences. Other than seeing Phish pianist Page McConnell with the Meter Men, having John Medeski sitting in for the legend Art Neville was more than enjoyable, and Houston is fantastic on his massive drum-kit. After crushing “Ain’t No Use,” the Funky Meter’s came back for a second encore of “You Just Kissed My Baby” which provided us with a funky end to an amazing evening of live music in Boulder. I highly recommend going to see Porter Jr. in any project he visits here with, as you never know when the legend will hang up his infamous tie-dye and large funk medallion’s. The funk lives on, and we must thank the Meter’s for all they provided us with over the past fifty or so years!
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