Originally comprised of Art Neville, George Porter, Jr., Leo Nocentelli and Zigaboo Modeliste, the New Orleans-based quartet The Meters may arguably be one of the most influential and important funk bands that most people are generally only dimly aware of. Not only have they been the backing band for the likes of Dr. John, Lee Dorsey, Robert Palmer, Labelle and the legendary Allen Toussaint, their work has been sampled by countless hip-hop artists over the years, ensuring that their sound lives on forever.

Over the last 25 years or so, the band’s founding members Porter, Jr. and Neville got back together and started playing Meters songs with a different lineup – and they christened the band, The Funky Meters, to distinguish the difference. No matter what you call them, their sound has quietly been an influence on modern music and last night, I was at the unofficial home office, Brooklyn Bowl to catch The Meters – er, The Funky Meters during the first night of their two night run in Brooklyn. 

Check out this live footage of the band playing “Clap Your Hands” shot from my trusty iPhone 5.