Original Story Live For Live Music – Ming Lee Newcomb

From August 23rd to 26th, LOCKN’ will return to Arrington, Virginia for its sixth-annual event. Since the festival’s inception in 2013, LOCKN’ has become a premier destination for jam fans, each iteration outdoing the last with lineups chock full of beloved artists, rare collaborations, and standout tributes. This year, on Saturday, August 25th, the festival will honor the iconic New Orleans funk act, The Meters, for a special set titled “Foundation of Funk: Celebrating 50 Years Of The Meters.”

Foundation of Funk is led by a pair of original Meters members, bassist George Porter Jr. and drummer Zigaboo Modeliste, and features a rotating cast of all-star musicians. With the intention of keeping the music of The Meters alive and well, the band is frequently a multi-generational affair, with Porter and Modeliste joining forces with staples of the current live music scene to explore The Meters’ extensive songbook.

As Zigaboo Modeliste explained to Live For Live Music about the ongoing project, “The Foundation of Funk is really a collaboration of members of The Meters. Right now, it’s just George and myself from the original Meters. We’re celebrating 50 years of The Meters, and The Meters’ music is much more important than any one of the individual Meters. It’s about preserving the music and keeping all that together.” >read on