Page McConnell and Roosevelt Collier Join Tryptophunk in New Orleans
Tryptophunk played a jam-heavy late-night show at New Orleans’ Maison on Saturday. The all-star New Orleans ensemble features Meters bassist George Porter Jr., Papa Grows Funk keyboardist John Gros, George Porter and the Runnin’ Pardners drummer Terrence Houston, Bonerama horns Mark Mullins and Craig Klein, and funky Meters guitarist Brian Stoltz. The musicians took the stage during the early morning hours, following The Meter Men featuring Page McConnell show at The Republic. The Phish keyboardist joined Tryptophunk during their set at Maison for a few songs.
The musicians offered a spirited, completely segued 90-minute set that focused on old-school New Orleans tunes. Early in the performance, the ensemble reworked Porter’s “Take A Chance.” Soon after, McConnell helped the band through The Meters’ “No More Okey Doke,” before Stoltz led the ensemble through Pops Staples’ “Why Am I Treated So Bad.” The Lee Boys’ Roosevelt Collier also sat in on Buddy Miles’ “Them Changes.” They stretched out the tune for a while, and John Gros eventually led the band into Dr. John’s “I Been Hoodood.” McConnell also performed on a version of The Meters’ “I Need More Time” that segued into “Funky Miracle.”
It was the second time Stoltz and Gros collaborated this weekend. On Friday night, the guitarist joined Papa Grows Funk during their show at New Orleans’ d.b.a.