Page McConnell Joins The Meter Men in Boston
Phish keyboardist Page McConnell made his debut appearance with The Meter Men at Boston’s Royale last night. The show was originally slated to take place at Bowery Boston’s new venue The Sinclair, but the show was moved to the Royale last week after the club’s opening was delayed. The Meter Men features founding Meters bassist George Porter Jr., drummer Zigaboo Modeliste and Leo Nocentelli. The trio plan to play with a variety of keyboardists in the coming months.
McConnell has a long history with the members of The Meters. Along with Mike Gordon, he performed with members of the classic New Orleans funk group as The Gyptians on the 1998 benefit album Get You A Healin’. In 2001, he formed the side-project Vida Blue with funky Meters drummer Russell Batiste Jr. and and Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge. McConnell performed with The Meters offshoot PBS—-Porter, Batiste and funky Meters guitarist Brian Stoltz—-at Burlington, VT’s 2007, and the show was officially released as a live album. PBS featuring McConnell toured in support of the album in 2008.
Last night’s show focused mostly on material from The Meters’ catalog. The Meter Men with McConnell will perform at New York’s BB King Blues Club this evening.
Here’s a look at last night’s setlist
Tuesday, October 30, The Royale, Boston, MA
Fire on the Bayou
Cissy Strut/Cardova (medley)
Look a Py Py
Hey Pocky Way
The Hand Clapping Song
Just Kissed My Baby
This Is My Last Affair
Chug a Lug
Ain’t No Use