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George Porter Jr.

GEORGE PORTER JR.

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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.

JAMES JONES TRIO

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James Jones plays traditional blues with a modern approach and feel.

James, as a frontman, performs with the depth and conviction of someone twice his age. His guitar and vocal work display a maturity and passion that breathes life into the blues. His shows are fiery, and unforgettable to say the least.

Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival

The 29th Annual Peoria Blues and Heritage Music Festival

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September 1st & 2nd, 2017
Peoria Riverfront Festival Park
Tickets & info: PBHFest.com

The Peoria Blues and Heritage Music Festival has been a staple End-of-Summer event at Peoria’s beautiful riverfront festival park. Now in its 29th year, festival-goers will bask in the glow of the sun on the beautiful downtown peoria riverfront while they enjoy a world-class line-up of artists from blues, roots, funk, soul and everything in between. Help us bring downtown to life as the event stretches off the waterfront into bars, venue and businesses through after hours events, late night club shows and much more! Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more announcements!

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The Candymakers

OFFICIAL PEORIA BLUES & HERITAGE FEST AFTERPARTY

THE CANDYMAKERS

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The Candymakers are a Rock N’ Soul band with the traditions of old-school R&B and,funk. This young band offers a sound that is contemporary, yet keeps the essence of music past. Though the band is known for its soulful male vocalist, it is anchored by the collaborative genius of its blues driven guitarist and funky rhythm section. Often joined by a rotating cast of horn players and vocalists, the band can be seen with up to 12 members on stage. 

After forming in 2010, they were awarded 1st place in the 2011 Iowa Blues Challenge. After reaching the semi-finals in both The International Blues Challenge and The Kings of Beale Street Competition, they returned home to release their debut album in February of 2012. Their second studio effort “Ridiculicious” was released in September of 2014.

Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival

The 29th Annual Peoria Blues and Heritage Music Festival

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September 1st & 2nd, 2017
Peoria Riverfront Festival Park
Tickets and info: PBHFest.com

The Peoria Blues and Heritage Music Festival has been a staple End-of-Summer event at Peoria’s beautiful riverfront festival park. Now in its 29th year, festival-goers will bask in the glow of the sun on the beautiful downtown peoria riverfront while they enjoy a world-class line-up of artists from blues, roots, funk, soul and everything in between. Help us bring downtown to life as the event stretches off the waterfront into bars, venue and businesses through after hours events, late night club shows and much more! Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more announcements!

 

PBHF-FINAL-LINEUP

 

Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival

The 28th annual Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival is September 2-3, 2016! Much like how the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival celebrates all things music & it’s home city, so shall we every Labor Day weekend.  Festival-goers will bask in the glow of the sun on the beautiful downtown Peoria Riverfront while they enjoy a world-class line-up of artists from blues, roots, funk, soul and everything in between. Help us bring downtown to life as the event stretches off the waterfront into bars, venue and businesses through after hours events, late night club shows and much more!

Featuring:

Buddy Guy

O.A.R.

Here Come the Mummies

Mavis Staples

Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival

The Illinois Blues Fest has been a staple end-of-summer event at Peoria’s beautiful riverfront festival park for 27 years.  Now in its 28th year, the event is becoming the Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival. Much like how the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival celebrates all things music & it’s home city, so shall we every Labor Day weekend.  Festival-goers will bask in the glow of the sun on the beautiful downtown Peoria Riverfront while they enjoy a world-class line-up of artists from blues, roots, funk, soul and everything in between. Help us bring downtown to life as the event stretches off the waterfront into bars, venue and businesses through after hours events, late night club shows and much more!

Featuring:

Buddy Guy

O.A.R.

Here Come the Mummies

Mavis Staples

 

 

Early Bird Tix for Peoria Blues & Heritage Fest Off Sale Soon

We’re thrilled to welcome Buddy Guy, Mavis Staples, O.A.R., Here Come the Mummies, Leon Russell and many more to Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival 2016! Early bird tickets are available through this Friday, July 8th at 11:59PM CST! Save money and buy tickets now: BUY YOUR TICKETS The Illinois Blues Fest has been a staple […]

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