THE FUNKIN' TRUTH with Grammy Lifetime Awardee LEO NOCENTELLI (THE METERS) feat.  Jason Crosby (Phil Lesh), Felix Pollard & Michael Warren

THE FUNKIN' TRUTH with Grammy Lifetime Awardee LEO NOCENTELLI (THE METERS) feat. Jason Crosby (Phil Lesh), Felix Pollard & Michael Warren

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$27 Advance/$32 Day of Show (plus fees)

This event is all ages

Leo Nocentelli
Leo Nocentelli
Leo Nocentelli was one of the original members of the Meters, a groundbreaking funk group based in New Orleans from the mid-'60s to the mid-'70s. The band, playing mostly instrumentals, stayed at the forefront of the music scene in the Big Easy and achieved a good measure of national attention with Nocentelli penning songs and contributing guitar work. He has since gone out on his own developing his style with varied elements that span blues, rock, rap, jazz, and funk, but he considers himself a funk musician, first and foremost. He and his band have performed from coast to coast across the U.S., including an appearance at New Orleans' Jazz & Heritage Festival. He has penned more than 200 songs, some of which were recorded by Robert Palmer, Joe Cocker, Etta James, the Neville Brothers, Z.Z. Hill, Albert King, and George Duke.

Despite his desire to be known as a funk guitarist, Nocentelli originally wanted to be a jazz musician. He taught himself how to play the guitar during his youth by holing up in his room and listening to recordings by such artists as Charlie Christian, Barney Kessel, Johnny Smith, and Kenny Burrell. He found work with Danny White, and followed up with a stint as part of Art Neville & the Hawkettes. The Hawkettes eventually evolved into the Meters, whose membership included George Porter Jr. and Joseph "Ziggy" Modeliste. Nocentelli's career includes session work for a number of artists, including Peter Gabriel, Earl King, Dr. John, Lee Dorsey, and Patti LaBelle, as well as the Wild Tchoupitoulas, an offshoot of the Meters. He has also played on recordings by Manhattan Transfer, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, the Supremes, Bonnie Raitt, Sting, and the Winans, among others.

Nocentelli's first release, Live in San Francisco from DJM Records, came about almost by chance. He hadn't intended to put together a live recording when he played one night at a club called Slim's, but went about his business on stage and gave a good show to his loyal following. When the night wound down, a man from the audience approached him and gave the funk musician a tape that he'd made that night with a DAT recorder. A few years later, the guitarist pulled the tape out of storage and asked a friend to copy it onto a cassette. While the music was playing in Nocentelli's friend's studio, DJM Records chief Daniel Moore stopped by. Nocentelli's music caught his ear, and he agreed to put out a CD.

The guitarist played with an incarnation of the Meters, called the Funky Meters, until 1993, when he decided to go solo. He has also contributed to movie soundtracks, among them White Men Can't Jump, Blaze, and Heartbreakers. His television appearances include An Evening at the Improv and Saturday Night Live. The Louisiana native resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Jason Crosby
Jason Crosby
Over the last decade, Jason has been a member of Robert Randolph and the Family Band and the Susan Tedeschi Band, among others. In recent years, Crosby has played with Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Carlos Santana, Pete Seeger, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and Dave Matthews in various configurations. His discography is equally as impressive with appearances on Anastasia’s multi-platinum hit “Freak of Nature” as well as Tedeschi’s Grammy Nominated “Wait for Me”; and more recent releases from Phillip Phillips, Pretty Lights, Robert Randolph, Teddy Thompson and many more.

After touring with the Long Island Youth Orchestra to countries such as China, Russia, Australia and Cuba, Crosby expanded his classical horizons by embracing other varied art forms, such as Jazz, Funk, Rock and Latin music. His two solo albums, "Out of the Box" and "Four Chords and Seven Notes Ago" display his diverse array of virtuosic talents, as he switches instruments from song to song, as well as the styles of music he creates and explores. Crosby continues to develop his own style of music, by fusing the Classical he was raised on with the Jazz that inspires his melodic maneuverings.
Felix Pollard
Felix Pollard
Felix Pollard is a drummer whose propulsive style and versatility have enabled him to play alongside some of the greatest musicians in the world, including Lionel Richie, Anastacia, Shelia E., George Duke, Chaka Kahn, The Staple Singers, Jessica Simpson, Brian Culbertson, Phil Upchurch, Clay Aiken, Taylor Hicks and a host of others.

A versatile drummer, Felix is impossible to pigeonhole as just a specialist in one or two areas. His versatility allows him to play everything from pop to jazz to gospel and rock. Whether Buddy Guy or Destiny’s Child, his talent is recognized by the best in the business.
Michael Warren
Michael Warren
Michael Warren Joined the Merl Saunders Band in 1981 touring with Randy Crawford as the opener to the Jazz Crusaders U.S, tour in support of the Grammy award winning Street Life Album. He continued working in various configurations of the group from “Merl Saunders and Aunt Monk” through the legendary Merl Saunders & the Rainforest Band. During his tenure, he recorded and worked on 4 albums including “ Blue from the Rainforest” featuring Grateful Dead legion Jerry Garcia as well as recording several sound tracks for “Tales from the Crypt”.

The Merl Saunders & RFB Toured nationally and abroad performing in such venues ranging from House of Blues, Red Rocks, Tipitina’s, Carnegie Hall and everything in between.
Venue Information:
Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Ave.
Mill Valley, CA, 94941