I loved the crap outta the first PBS show I saw at Winston's about a year ago, so when I heard they were coming back I hads to make it out. We never get the Meters down in so. cal, Funky or original, so it's important to make it out for the bones they do throw us. Hoover and I headed on down for OB and got there right about show time, 10:00pm, to our surprise there was like 20 people there. I saw a somewhat unenthusiastic looking Russel Batiste, dressed in a jersey, scoping the lack of crowd and talkin on his cell phone. They were in no rush and the show ended up starting an hour later than scheduled, by that time the crowd had at least quadrupled in size.
The sound was pretty ragged as they opened with their standard instrumental tune, only this rendition had many more movements, changes and jams then the last time I had heard it. The sound quality was pretty ragged, Winston's has a very low ceiling above their stage and with a band as powerful as PBS has become it was little ruff at the beginning. The band seemed a sorta frustrated through out the night with vocal, guitar, and overall balance of sound quality. They kept trooping though, and how! The first time I saw PBS they were a lot like the Meters: fun, funky, smooth, danceable, and groovy. This time around they were way more ruff around the edges. With Both Batiste and Porter clad in brilliant Tye-dyes, the band executed a firey performance. In addition to the typical Porter solo stuff like "We can make it if we try (Birds of a feather), "I get High" and "get on down", that can always be expected from them as well as the obligatory funky Metersesque jams, the band stomped their way through violently funky renditions of "Down by the RIver>Breathe", "Rainy Day Women", "Not FAde away" and more.
Just when I thought the show was surely gonna be a one set performance cause they started so late, they said they were gonna take a quick break. After resuming at 1:00am and playing a couple songs they announced how disappointed they were that they had just been informed the bar doesn't allow music past 1:30. Apparently they thought they were in New Orleans, cause these Mofos thought they were gonna have till 3:00am to rap it up. It's a shame they didn't have either cause I've rarely seen a band increase their intensity so gradually over the course of an evening. This is truly a group with many layers and levels. Regardless, they cut their losses and played one more tune at what I assume was their max power, brought the house down, and encouraged us to write our city officials remove their live music curfew.
Overall, a real nice time, The crowd was pretty responsive. There were surprisingly a lot of decent looking honeys there. It made me smile to see them shaking their thangs to some nice set break music that included Stevie Wonder's "all day sucker". At one point Hoover had to turn down Heidi Montag for sex and bitch slap her for trying to steal his hat. But for the most part everyone was there just to have a good time, I know I was, but I ended up having my face melted by, what's become in my opinion, the most psychedelic funk band out there:
clap clap clap clap! Glad you got your PBS groove on! They are back in the studio in NOLA right now, cutting some tracks. And rockin' funk music is always better when there are some good lookin' honeys in the crowd getting on down.
>>>At one point Hoover had to turn down Heidi Montag for sex and bitch slap her for trying to steal his hat.
I don't know what she wanted with that hat.
It stank like fish
After the show it stank of Fish and Funk!