Back in January, New Orleans funk icons The Meters found out that they group would receive a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award along with Queen, Neil Diamond, Tina Turner, Emmylou Harris, Louis Jordan, and famed “Wrecking Crew” studio drummer Hal Blaine in 2018. As part of this honor, members of the longstanding and innovating funk act will perform for at a special concert, Grammy Salute To Music Legends, a live award ceremony and show honoring the recipients of this year’s Grammy Special Merit Awards.
The show, which will take place this Saturday, July 14th, at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre, will see performances by original Meters members and founders, drummer Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste, bassist George Porter Jr., and guitarist Leo Nocentelli. The trio will also be joined by Cyril Neville, a longstanding member of the band who was brought on by his brother, The Meters’ founding keys player, Art Neville.
Following the show in July, which will be recorded, the performance will be aired on television on PBS’ Great Performances series. Given that The Meters are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, fans can check out Zigaboo Modeliste, George Porter Jr., and Cyril Neville perform a special Meters tribute at LOCKN’ this year, also featuring Dumpstaphunk’s Ian Neville, Ivan Neville, and Tony Hall.
Head here to see our interview with Zig and George on their Grammy Award and upcoming LOCKN’ performance.