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George Porter Jr. / Ethan Tucker / Chrissy Shefts Band / Rat Soup

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George Porter Jr. / Ethan Tucker / Chrissy Shefts Band / Rat Soup
Friday, March 9, 2018 8:00 PM
The Mint, Los Angeles, CA
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  • When: Friday, Mar 9, 2018 8:00 PM (Doors open at 7:30 PM)
  • Ticket Price: $20.00 - $25.00
  • Door Time: 7:30 PM
  • Restrictions: 21 & over

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  • George Porter Jr

    George Porter Jr

    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.

    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.

  • Rat Soup

    Rat Soup

    With diverse musical backgrounds, but a common bond of the music they grew up on, Rat Soup formed with a vision to spread their love of funk and soul. Early Soup incarnations featured a powerhouse rhythm section, but it wasn’t long before the band expanded into a seven-piece machine complete with a three-piece horn section.
    No stiff collars or starchy shirts here, Rat Soup exhibits a true do-it-yourself mentality and takes a communal approach to everything they do.  The band has released two well received albums - "For the Record" and "Enjoy!" - on Milford Street Records and performed live at prestigious venues throughout Southern California.  Rat Soup has gained an appreciation from crowds across the region, bringing a fresh take on a sound previously lacking in the local music scene.
    The music consists of funk rhythms, groove breakdowns, soulful vocals and catchy horn lines. With a mixture of instrumental and vocal tunes, the band’s original numbers can be reminiscent of 60/70’s era soul tunes, straight funk, and jazz funk, appealing to a large base of listeners that want to get down. This can be experienced at their live shows where a contagious party atmosphere of dancing and audience participation, from call and response shout choruses to percussion play-alongs, are often part of the show.
    Individually they are an eclectic group of ingredients. But once mixed, simmered, and stewed together, they create the savory tasty concoction known as Rat Soup.

  • Chrissy Shefts Band

    Chrissy Shefts Band

    The Chrissy Shefts Band is a rock trio based in Los Angeles.  The band plays original material written by guitarist, Chrissy Shefts.  Chrissy hails from Seattle and has been performing and recording for many years.  She played guitar with “Seal” on his double-platinum debut album and received a Gold Record for her song “Best Kept Secret,” which she wrote for Sheena Easton. She has also performed with Heart, The Baby’s, Belinda Carlisle and House of Schock, with Gina Schock of the Go_Go’s.  She met her drummer, Steven Fisher, a native New Orleanian, in House of Schock where they recorded a record with Capitol Records, toured and had songs featured in the movies “The Accused’ & “Bull Durham.”  He also has extensive experience playing recording and touring while in New Orleans.  Bassist Gus Comegys is originally from Texas, but has spent most of his life in Los Angeles. He has played live and recorded with a multitude of bands in a variety genres over the years.

  • Ethan Tucker Band

    Ethan Tucker Band

    Ethan Tucker may only be in his early 20s but the self-starting Olympia, WA-native has already made a name for himself, impressing some of the more respected veteran artists in today’s music world. Performing and recording since the age of 16, Tucker has honed his unique blend of acoustic-roots, soul, blues, and reggae, slowly building a dedicated and ever-growing audience, and making friends with some significant musicians in the process.

    Tucker’s distinct rasp on the bluesy self-releases Lost Between (2010) Take Me To The Mountains (2007) quickly garnered fans, and the singer-guitarist found himself touring regionally from his then-adopted home of Twin Falls, Idaho. With nary a hesitation and exuding a confidence rarely seen at his age, Tucker once famously strapped his acoustic guitar on his back and appeared as an unannounced and uninvited opening act at a 2010 Steve Miller Band concert. The kid with no fear did in fact play to a full house of unsuspecting fans, yet Tucker’s provocative performance enraptured Miller’s virgin audience. Upon leaving the stage, he was met by the stage manager, the only witness to Tucker’s stunt, who quickly informed him, “You know you’re not getting paid for this kid….right?”

    In the same fashion, Tucker struck up a friendship with kindred spirit Michael Franti at a tour stop in Sun Valley, ID. Wielding his acoustic on his back and making several attempts to engage Franti backstage, Tucker was finally given a shot to impress. Franti and his bandmates in Spearhead erupted upon Tucker’s delivery of an early rendition of his song “What They Say” in their dressing room and a new friendship and musical partnership was born on the spot.

    After forging their bond over a two-year span, Franti invited Ethan to his San Francisco studio in the spring of 2012 to write and record some music. These sessions yielded the backbones of the songs “Cool Kids” and “Crazy Tonight,” the latter which features Franti on vocals and guitar set to be included on Tucker’s forthcoming.

    Tucker was also invited to open for Socal soulmates Slightly Stoopid on a leg of their Spring 2013 tour after making a strong impression on the prolific touring band at a series of Pacific Northwest gigs earlier in the year. Tucker impacted the veteran San Diego band as he wowed their crowd with his solo-acoustic performance. Later, members of Slightly Stoopid started to accompany Ethan on his solo sets, bringing some additional viral fervor on current social networks and archive traders. Franti then reached back to invite Tucker to open a run of upcoming summer dates, including a stop at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and a week-long run August 10-18, 2013 on Spearhead’s forthcoming U.S. trek.

    Tucker was bestowed the highest honor of his young career when Jamaican legend Jimmy Cliff selected him to support his “Many Rivers Crossed” tour, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the classic Jimmy Cliff film The Harder They Come and Grammy award winning album Rebirth released in 2012. Ethan continued his touring accolades when he open for G Love and Special Sauce traveling across the Western US in support of the 20th anniversary of their landmark debut album.

    Whether with his full band or simply a troubadour with a guitar, Tucker continues to win over crowds, any size, anywhere. The future is an exciting canvas for Ethan Tucker and you can anticipate hearing much more from this true talent in the near future.

Set Times:
  • 08:00 PM - Rat Soup
  • 09:00 PM - Chrissy Shefts Band
  • 10:00 PM - Ethan Tucker Band
  • 11:00 PM - George Porter Jr

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