It could be said that the funky METERS is a child of the band The Meters. The Meters originally formed in the late 60’s and, while not extremely successful in the mainstream arena, are considered a major contributor to the funk genre. During their heyday, they played with acts as big as Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones. The original group consisted of Art Neville (yes, of the Neville family), George Porter Jr., Joseph Modeliste, and Leo Nocentelli. Though The Meters broke up in the late 70’s, Neville and Porter now play with Brian Stoltz and Russell Batiste Jr. under the name the funky METERS. All of the band’s members individually enjoy flourishing careers, which makes the sum of their respective creative abilities mind-boggling. According to the band’s official website, funky METERS “taps into the roots of The Meters musical heritage while taking the sound well into the future. Their trademark sound blends funk, blues, and dance grooves with a New Orleans vibe.” Get your groove on with these New Orleanians as they funk up Jazz Fest on May 6th!