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We're getting very excited for our Halloween and November 1 shows with the METER MEN - featuring Leo Nocentelli, Zigaboo Modeliste & George Porter Jr of THE METERS and Page McConnell of PHISH. Now, we're teaming up with MAGIC HAT to make it even greater.

On Wednesday, October 10 at 12 noon ET we will release a VERY, VERY LIMITED number of 4 and 6-person booths on Ticketmaster that we're calling the MAGIC HAT VIP BOOTH EXPERIENCE. The 4-person booths will cost $50.50 per ticket, you'll need to buy all 4. The 6-person booths will cost $47 per ticket, you'll need to buy all 6.

You and your friends will have the only reserved seating in the venue, and our friends at Magic Hat are throwing in a bucket of 6 Magic Hat bottled beers plus some cool goodies for the table. Booths will be "first come, first seated" - so come early to get the best of the booths after you buy. VIP booth seating is all ages and, as always, we will check the IDs of those drinking.

If that wasn't enough, Magic Hat is also giving away a really sweet guitar to 1 lucky person on Halloween. How are we going to do it? A COSTUME CONTEST!

We just brought DJ COCHON DE LAIT on board for both nights. He'll spin the best of NOLA brass, funk & soul to make sure the party never stops! On Halloween, we'll pick some finalists to bring on stage with DJ Cochon de Lait to take your votes for the guitar, so come early to get noticed and make those costumes great!

Halloween will be extra special as we warm things up on 10/31 with FREE ADMISSION to New Orleans Happy Hour with the OUTER BOROUGH BRASS BAND starting at 4pm in Lucille's Grill- right here at BB King's. Lucille's is where we'll also have MUN and FiKus taking the Halloween party deep into the night after METER MEN wrap things up in the big room.

There are only a few tickets left! But we might have more standing room tickets (or even booths) for sale between now and the show. Keep checking back!

Congratulations to THE METERS for their recent nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Vote for them here!: http://rockhall.com/get-involved/interact/poll/

It's no stretch to say that The Meters singlehandedly defined New Orleans funk. Performing and recording their own music throughout the latter half of the '60s and into the '70s, this seminal group laid the foundation for what is now a ubiquitous genre, influencing countless funk musicians with their earthy, down-home style. Tracks like "Cissy Strut," "Look-Ka Py Py," "Sophisticated Sissy," and "Chicken Strut" are staples of the funk genre, and the band's work backing artists like Dr. John, Robert Palmer, Lee Dorsey, and even Paul McCartney is instantly recognizable. The Meters' sound also provided a jumping off point for much of the hip-hop of the '80s and '90s, with rap luminaries like LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, Run DMC, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, and more sampling the band's tracks.

Formed in 1965, the original Meters lineup featured keyboardist and vocalist Art Neville, drummer Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste, guitarist Leo Nocentelli, and bassist George Porter Jr. After a few months playing under the name Art Neville & The Sounds, the band was hired by famed producers Allen Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn as the house band for their Sansu Enterprises label. The Meters did most of their backing work for this label. They also performed and recorded on their own, releasing Top 40 instrumental hits on both Josie Records and Reprise Records well into the '70s. Although they never truly broke into the mainstream, by the middle of the decade, The Meters were a huge hit among the music intelligentsia.

The Meters broke up in 1977, and all of their members went on to find significant success elsewhere in the music business. Neville gained fame as part of The Neville Brothers, Modeliste toured with Ron Wood and Keith Richards, and both Nocentelli and Porter started new bands and became in-demand session players. In recent years, various iterations of the original Meters lineup have reconvened for numerous one-off shows, including full reunion performances in 2005 and 2011.

Tonight at B.B. King Blues Club, Nocentelli, Modeliste, and Porter reunite as The Meter Men and join forces with Phish keyboardist Page McConnell - a musical titan in his own right - for a historic two-night run.

Leo Nocentelli Website
Zigaboo Modeliste Website
George Porter Jr. Website
Page McConnell Website

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from THE METERS: Leo Nocentelli (guitar), Zigaboo Modeliste (drums) & George Porter, Jr. (bass)

with PAGE McCONNELL of PHISH (keys)
November 1, 2012
Showtime @ 8pm
Doors Open @ 6pm
Tickets $40 in advance, $45 day of show
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Reserved Magic Hat VIP Booths available for 4 & 6 people and includes a bucket of 6 Magic Hat bottles
A booth for 4 = $202
A booth for 6 = $282
Standing Room Only
Only seating available will be reserved Magic Hat VIP Booths. Booths are first come, first seated for VIP ticket holders.
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