George Porter Jr. Trio
Elisa and the YesMen
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George Porter Jr. Trio
George Porter, Jr. is best known as the bassist of The Meters, along with Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli and Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste. The group was formed in the mid 60's and came to be recognized as one of the progenitors of funk then called R&B. The Meters disbanded in 1977, but reformed in 1989. Today the original group still plays the occasional reunions but the Funky Meters, of which Porter and Neville are still members, most prominently keeps the spirit alive.
Porter’s rhythmic work in the Meters in lockstep with drummer Zigaboo Modeliste was epic. Those pockets, the long notes and fat holes, provided the cushion for Leo Nocentelli or Art Neville to play or sing over and created some of R&B history’s most memorable grooves.
Few bass players in the history of modern New Orleans music are as storied as George Porter Jr. During the course of a career spanning more then four decades, Porter has not only made a deep impression with his work in the Meters, but he’s notched session work with artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, David Byrne, Patti LaBelle, Robbie Robertson, Tori Amos, Taj Mahal, Ryan Montbleau and live performances with Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Warren Haynes, John Scofield, Steve Kimock, Eric Krasno (and including recent studio releases with Warren Haynes and Bill Kreutzmann) just to name a few. Early in his career, Porter worked with seminal New Orleans artists like Allen Toussaint, Earl King, Lee Dorsey, and Johnny Adams, Irma Thomas, The Lastie Brothers again to only name a few.
Porter is also the band leader of his own unique long term project the Runnin’ Pardners, well respected not only as a quintessential New Orleans band, the touring band continues to receive accolades on the jam band and festival scene. He has assembled some seasoned and talented musicians to join him on this project. Familiar Pardners - Brint Anderson (guitar) and, Michael Lemmler (keyboards) and rising stars on the New Orleans music scene Khris Royal (saxophone) and Terrence Houston (drums). George Porter Jr. plans to keep a smile on his face." I feel like I am working towards something that will be remembered."
Porter has proven to be capable of the ultimate fusion of rock, funk and R&B, and has gained recognition as one of the industry’s elite bass players. He continues to be not only an in demand performing artist but an accomplished studio musician and producer.
Today, Porter features that epic bottom end in his latest ventures with his own band the Runnin' Pardners.
Elisa and the YesMen
"Elisa’s songwriting directs her bandmates on a groovy vibe that will make you want to sing and dance along." – Syracuse Post Standard
"Keeler's voice is amazing: deep and rich and reminiscent of Nina Simone.”
– Tish Pearlman, Out of Bounds
Elisa S. Keeler is an Ithaca-based singer, songwriter, educator and retreat facilitator. She sings original and classic soul with R&B, jazz, funk, African and Latin music influences. Her original music and vast repertoire is layered with vibrant vocal harmonies, rich textures and polyphonic beats. Elisa’s core message guides us toward the source of inspiration: “At the root of the soul, we tap the purest water. And drops of life touch our lips.” [Elisa S. Keeler, Root of the Soul]
With soulful nuance and a jazzy, rhythmic approach, Elisa emphasizes the importance of connecting with purpose and passion while weaving through inner obstacles. She holds up a lantern for us all.
Elisa is the leader of the Honey Child Soul Quintet, and former lead singer of Solstice and Mutron Warriors. She performed as a guest with Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings at the State Theater in Ithaca in 2008. She has also sung harmony vocals for Travis Knapp and Kevin Kinsella (formerly of John Brown’s Body). In 2004, Elisa made her debut in the Ithaca band scene as a harmony vocalist with The Destination.
Elisa has released two self-produced albums, Red Sky and Soul of the Earth. She leads singing and spirituality workshops and retreats throughout the Northeast region of the United States.
Elisa & the YesMen is a new, dynamic and vocally harmonizing band featuring Elisa S. Keeler on lead vocals, award-winning singer-songwriter Travis Knapp on keys, veteran bass player Rusty Keeler, and African drumming specialist Jon Keefner on drums.
For more information please visit www.elisamusic.com
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