This weekend, George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners played a two-night, sold-out run at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California, with 7 Come 11 serving as the opening act. On Saturday night, The Meters bassist was joined by guitarists Brian Stoltz (The funky Meters) and Eric McFadden (P-Funk). On Sunday night, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir was added to the lineup as the special guest.
Bob Weir, fresh off Dead & Company tour, joined George Porter Jr. and the Runnin’ Pardners crew for a portion of their set on Sunday night. The venue’s live stream ran into technical difficulties with sound, but luckily for us, there was a room full of fans there to capture the magic. Watch fan-shot video of Bob Weir and George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners’ rendition of two classic Grateful Dead live love anthems: Buddy Holly‘s “Not Fade Away” and the Dead’s own “They Love Each Other”:
George Porter & Runnin’ Pardners w/ Bob Weir – “Not Fade Away”
George Porter & Runnin Pardners w/ Bob Weir – “They Love Each Other”
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The last time that George Porter Jr. and Bob Weir collaborated was with Dead & Company at New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center on February 25th, 2018. The funk pioneer and bonafide Crescent City icon provided a sturdy foundation for a spot-on rendition of Howlin’ Wolf’s “Smokestack Lightning”, even playfully growling his way through his portion of the lyrics. Porter’s magnetic playing eventually drew in guitarist John Mayer, who went to toe-to-toe with the New Orleans bass master during his solo—a move the pair would repeat with the “Bertha” and “Sugaree” that followed. You can read more about that set and watch videos of the performance here.
Live For Live Music recently caught up with Porter and his fellow Meters founder, Zigaboo Modeliste, to speak about the band’s 50th anniversary this year, which they’ll mark with a special performance by their current collaborative project, Foundation of Funk, at the upcoming LOCKN’ festival. You can read the full interview here.
For a full list of George Porter Jr.’s upcoming tour dates with his many various projects, head to his website.