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Published: 2017/05/08

The Meters Celebrate 50th Anniversary at Jazz Fest

The Meters closed out the Gentilly Stage at Jazz Fest yesterday as they celebrated their 50th anniversary with a special set featuring some longtime collaborators and New Orleans legends.

Among them, Ivan Neville, who backed the band along with a horn section of Jeff Albert, Clarence Johnson III and Khris Royal. The band rolled through some of their best known tunes including “Hey Pocky A-Way,” “Fire on the Bayou,” “Just Kissed My Baby,” “Africa” and “Cissy Strut,” among others.

Also, on Friday, the current touring incarnation of the legendary band, the Funky Meters, brought together original members George Porter Jr. and Art Neville with guitarist Brian Stoltz and drummer Terrence Houston at Tipitina’s. The outfit also played several Meters classics, plus Allen Toussaint’s “Get Out of My Life Woman,” “Them Changes” and an encore tribute to the iconic New Orleans venue. Opening band 7 Come 11 lent their keyboardist Gianni Staiano for a sit in during the set, and guitarist Laith Al-Saadi also stepped in for a guest spot.

Check out a photo gallery from the final day of Jazz Fest.

Here’s a look at both setlists:

The Meters
Jazz Fest Fairgrounds

Hand Clapping Song, Hey Pocky A-Way, You’ve Got Change (You’ve Got to Reform), Fire on the Bayou, People Say, Chug Chug Chug A-Lug, Just Kissed My Baby, It Ain’t No Use, Come Together, They All Asked for You, No More Okey Doke, The World is a Little Bit Under the Weather, Africa, Cissy Strut



Funky Meters
Tipitina’s, New Orleans, LA

Ain’t No Use, Funky Miracle, Rainy Day Woman, Cordova, Soul Island, Africa, Them Changes, Cissy Strut, Get Out of My Life Woman, Keep On Marching, Love Slip Upon Ya, Fire On the Bayou

Enc: Tipitina’s

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