As krewes from New Orleans and all over the world prepare for the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival since 2019, we thought we’d take a look back at a particularly memorable set from one of this year’s headliners, Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Following a set comprised of a mix of old and new favorites and a tip of the hat to fellow 2016 headliner, Stevie Wonder, in the form of a “Higher Ground” cover, Red Hot Chili Peppers welcomed a handful of New Orleans music legends to join them onstage: founding The Meters members George Porter Jr. and Zigaboo Modeliste and extended Meters family member Ivan Neville.
As bassist Flea noted while introducing the trio of New Orleans heavy-hitters, “For this song, our very last song of the evening, we’d like to invite some people who have inspired us very, very much through the years and taught us so much to come to the stage with us: From the Meters, George Porter on the bass guitar, Ziggy Modeliste on the drum set—from the Meters! From New Orleans! People that invented funk. They invented this sh–t! That’s them! We are their students! And on the keyboards, my beloved friend, Ivan Neville. I hope I can hear you guys! Make that s–t loud, George!”
After settling in with some funky improv, Neville, Porter, and Modeliste helped Red Hot Chili Peppers close out their set with a NOLA-fied “Give It Away”.
Watch George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, and Zigaboo Modeliste join Red Hot Chili Peppers for “Give It Away” at Jazz Fest 2016 below:
Red Hot Chili Peppers w/ George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste, Ivan Neville – “Give It Away” – New Orleans Jazz Fest – 4/24/16
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You can also watch a full video of Red Hot Chili Peppers at the 2016 edition of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival below:
Red Hot Chili Peppers – New Orleans Jazz Fest 2016 – Full Set
Setlist: Red Hot Chili Peppers | New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival | New Orleans, LA | 4/24/16
Set: Jam, Can’t Stop, Dani California, Scar Tissue, Ethiopia, Aeroplane, Snow (Hey Oh), Right on Time, Universally Speaking, The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie, Higher Ground*, Under the Bridge, Suck My Kiss, Californication, By the Way
Encore: Bass Solo > Around the World, Jam^ > Give It Away^
*Stevie Wonder cover
^featuring Ivan Neville, George Porter Jr., and Zigaboo Modeliste
[Originally published 4/24/20]