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Artist Bio

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.


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Tour Dates

Apr 24 2024
Russell Batiste Tribute
New Orleans, LA
Apr 25 2024
Rhythm & Roses
New Orleans, LA
Apr 26 2024
Republic New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
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Apr 27 2024
Voodoo Dead
New Orleans, LA
Apr 28 2024
Voodoo Dead
New Orleans, LA
Apr 30 2024
Joe Marcinek's Dead Funk Summitt
New Orleans, LA
May 01 2024
Crawfish Fest
New Orleans, LA
May 02 2024
Mathis, Martin, Haas and Porter Jr.
New Orleans, LA
May 04 2024
The Civic Theatre
New Orleans, LA
May 17 2024
Bayou bon vivant Festival
Norfolk, VA
May 17 2024
Bayou Boogaloo
New Orleans, LA
Jun 05 2024
George Porter & Runnin' Pardners
Decatur, GA
Jun 06 2024
George Porter Jr. & Runnin' Pardners at Pour House
Charleston, SC
Jun 08 2024
Tinner Hill Music Festival
Falls Church, VA
Jun 08 2024
George Porter Jr. & Runnin' Pardners
Washington, DC
Jun 28 2024
The Capitol Theatre
Port Chester, NY
Jun 29 2024
'Rejuvination 50' Rochester International Jazz Fest
New York, NY
Jul 07 2024
'Rejuvination 50' Rose On The River Fest
Chicago, IL
Aug 09 2024
Telluride Town Park
Telluride, CO
Sep 12 2024
George Porter Jr. at Bender Jamboree
Las Vegas, NV
Sep 20 2024
WXPN xponential music fest
Camden, NJ



Livestreams for Sept 2 – 9

  Thursday, September 2 No livestreams    Friday, September 3 No livestreams    Saturday, September 4 No livestreams    Sunday, September 5   Elohim  Elohim Presents: Music Is Medicine (recurring…

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Livestreams for Aug 27 – Sept 1

Friday, August 27   Rhett Miller Friday Freakout (recurring event) 9pm ET     Saturday, August 28 No livestreams     Sunday, August 29   Rhett Miller Sunday Brunch (recurring event)…

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Livestreams for August 20-26

Friday, August 20   Rhett Miller Friday Freakout (recurring event) 9pm ET     Saturday, August 21   No livestreams      Sunday, August 22   Rhett Miller Sunday Brunch (recurring…

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