From the Soundboard is a program that usually focuses on concerts regardless of genre. This is where the artist and (or) group perfects the art of the call and response with its audience. On August 27, @ midnight in tribute to the legendary Funkster, Art Neville, the focus is on the band dubbed as The Founding Fathers of Funk. They are the band from New Orleans known as The Meters.
The Meters defined New Orleans funk, not only on their own recordings but also as the backing band for numerous artists, including many produced by Allen Toussaint. Where the funk of Sly Stone and James Brown was wild, careening, and determinedly urban, the Meters were down-home and earthy. Nearly all of their own recordings were instrumentals, putting the emphasis on the organic and complex rhythms. The syncopated, layered percussion intertwined with the gritty grooves of the guitar and organ, creating a distinctive sound that earned a small, devoted cult during the ’70s, including musicians like Paul McCartney and Robert Palmer, both of whom used the group as a backing band for recording. Despite their reputation as an extraordinary live band, the Meters never broke into the mainstream, but their sound provided the basis for much of the funk and hip-hop of the ’80s and ’90s. [Stephen Thomas Erlewine – All Music Guide]
Tuesday August 27, 2019
12:00 am - 2:00 am
From the Soundboard - 8th Annual People's Film Festival, From the Soundboard - Afro Latino Festival NYC 2019, From the Soundboard - Ani DiFranco, From the Soundboard - Blood, From the Soundboard - Blood, Sweat & Tears, From the Soundboard - Charles Earland, From the Soundboard - Dance Parade NYC 2019, From the Soundboard - Dr. John, From the Soundboard - Illexxandra, From the Soundboard - Janelle Monae, From the Soundboard - Juluka, From the Soundboard - Louis Armstrong, From the Soundboard - Mutabaruka, From the Soundboard - The Germs, From the Soundboard - The Meters, Sweat & Tears, WBAI 99.5 FM New York
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