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George Porter, Jr – Voodoo

As the bass player and singer of The Meters, George Porter, Jr., is one of the founders of the New Orleans Funk sound. Porter hits Voodoo 2012 with his band, Runnin Pardners, which consists of George on bass and vocals, Brint Anderson on guitar, Michael Lemmler (keyboards) and Khris Royal on saxophone and Terrence Houston on the drums.

It’s well-established that Porter is one of the top bassists in the country. George has done session recording with the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, David Byrne, Patti LaBelle, Robbie Robertson, Tori Amos, and Taj Mahal. He’s played with countless New Orleans artitsts, such as Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, and Earl King.

George Porter, Jr., is the keeper of the flame of New Orleans Funk. He continues to play, with Art Neville, in The Funky Meters, and the original foursom (Porter, Neville, Leo Nocentelli, and Zigaboo Modeliste) do gather for the occasional reunion gig. Runnin Pardner is where George truly shines, though, blending funk, rock, and R&B into a sound that only a New Orleanian can create.

George Porter, Jr., and Runnin Pardners take the stage at Voodoo on Friday, October 26th, at 6pm on the WWOZ-Bud Lite Stage.

Author of five books on the history of New Orleans, Edward Branley is a graduate of Brother Martin High School and the University of New Orleans. Edward writes, teaches, and does speaking engagements on local history to groups in and around New Orleans. His urban fantasy novel, "Hidden Talents," is available online and in bookstores. Find him on Twitter and Facebook, @NOLAHistoryGuy.

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