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Published: 2011/05/09

Porter and Stoltz: Superjams, Special Sets and Ce Lo Green

Porter and Stoltz. Photo by Rob Chapman

The late night portion of New Orleans’s JazzFest is known for its superjams and this year’s festival was no different. Friday night the House of Blues’ Parish hosted a superjam that brought together Brian Stoltz (guitar), Marco Benevento (keyboards), Adam Deitch (drums) and George Porter Jr. (bass). The ad hoc band offered two sets of completely improvised, mostly instrumental music. Most of the evening’s consisted of freeform jams, though Deitch weaved into a version of Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire” with Stoltz supplying lead vocals while Benevento slipped an instrumental version Ce Lo Green’s “F**k You. The group also performed War’s “Why Can’t We Be Friends.”

Porter and Stoltz also performed with their band the funky Meters at New Orleans’ Mahalia Jackson Theater earlier Friday night. The show also featured Galactic and—between the two bands’ sets—the members of both groups took the stage for a special set of music. All the members of both bands performed jammed out takes on Allen Toussaint’s “Night People” and The Meters “Cabbage Alley.”

The funky Meters will perform at San Francisco, CA’s Blue Bear Live VI Youth Music Benefit on May 20.

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