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News – George Porter Jr. to headline Shakedown Music Fest

News - George Porter Jr. to headline Shakedown Music Fest

Mafiaoza’s Shakedown Music Fest benefiting Alabama Forever and YP Birmingham Charities takes place in Crestline Village on Saturday, June 25, 2016 and features George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ PardnersThe DexateensMia BordersCadillac Willy, B For Humanity, Riverbend, 2020, Kate & The Howlers, and an after party with The Underhills! Advance tickets are available now at www.shakedownmusicfest.com for $15 and a limited number of patio viewing tickets are available for $75. Day of tickets are $20. Presenting sponsors are The Fred Smith Group, Meeting Street Graphics, Portico Mountain Brook, Coca-Cola, Performance Food Service, Redmont Distilling Co., Edwards Chevrolet, Vulcan Tire & Automotive, and Alabama Beverage.

George Porter Jr.

George Porter, Jr. is best known as the bassist of The Meters, along with Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli and Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste. The group was formed in the mid 60’s and came to be recognized as one of the progenitors of funk then called R&B. The Meters disbanded in 1977, but reformed in 1989. Today the original group still plays the occasional reunions but the Funky Meters, of which Porter and Neville are still members, most prominently keeps the spirit alive.

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Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

In September 2014, some 50 years after moving to Los Angeles to form the band Rising Sons with fellow blues musician Ry Cooder and Jessie Lee Kincaid, Taj Mahal hightailed it to Nashville to receive an honor he called “one of the most powerful and wonderful things that could ever happen in my life.” Celebrating decades of recording and touring that have nearly singlehandedly reshaped the definition and scope of the blues via the infusion of exotic sounds from the Caribbean, Africa and South Pacific, the two-time Grammy winning singer, songwriter, film composer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist was feted with the Lifetime Achievement for Performance Award at the 13th Annual Americana Honors and Awards. more >>>

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