Papa Grows Funk. Not sure if any of you have heard of these guys, but they are fantastic. Not sure if many of you keep up with New Orleans music, but heres where they come from. Way back when, there was the Meters (who youve probably heard of). George Porter is their bass player. Through the years, they had some interpersonal issues and ended up not having the origional line-up playing together anymore. This is not actually a problem as the new guys have come from the New Orleans ranks and are arguably just as good, but not the origional guys. Also, they had to change their name to the Funky Meters since Allen Tousaint owns the Meters name and wouldnt allow them to use it. Thats another story. Anyway, as a side project, George Porter had a side band called George Porter and the Running Pardners. This was a great band that was a George vehicle and did a lot of Meters type songs as well as the Meters repertoire. A few years ago, a few of the Running Pardners and some other New Orleans musicians started jamming and eventually formed a group called Papa Grows Funk. Its kind of a cheesy name, but anyway, two of the guys in the band were in the Running Pardners (Jon Gros on keys, and Russell Batiste on drums) and eventually PGF started playing and touring so much that George cut them loose from the Pardners to do their own thing. They are basically a modern interpretation of the Meters/New Orleans funk sound in the same way that Phil Lesh and Friends is the modern interpretation of the Dead soundthats a pretty loose analogy, but you get the point. PGF has two alternating bass players who switch off depending on their availability. I just saw PGF again this past week at Tipitinas in NOLA and man were they good. Peter V. was on bass playing two beautiful F basses that night and he was just dead on. The sound of those basses was punchy and noticeable in the mix without being too hi-fi sounding. I highly recommend that you see them if they come to your area. Anyone else seen them?