Tipitina's Presents
NOLA Funk Fest 2024 Lineup Reveal Show
with George Porter, Jr. & Runnin' Pardners, Tarriona "Tank" Ball, Big Chief Juan Pardo, The Funkin' Truth, Leo Nocentelli, River Eckert Band
Featuring George Porter Jr., Leo Nocentelli, & More!

March 23, 2024
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm CDT
Ages 18 and Up
Tipitina's is excited to host the NOLA Funk Fest 2024 Lineup Reveal Show on Sat, Mar 23rd with a full night of legendary performances and special guests – including George Porter Jr. & Runnin' Pardners, The Funkin' Truth Featuring Grammy Award Recipient Leo Nocentelli, River Eckert Band, & More!

All NOLA Funk Fest ticket-holders will gain free admission to our Lineup Reveal Show March 23rd at Tipitina's.

LOUISIANA LOCALS TICKETS: Louisiana residents may purchase up to six Louisiana Locals NOLA Funk Fest tickets (one-day or three-day passes) on our website from now until the Lineup Reveal Show. Louisiana Locals ticket sales end the day of the show, March 23rd. Purchasers MUST PRESENT A LOUISIANA DRIVERS LICENSE OR ID CARD at the NOLA Funk Fest ticket booth to collect wristbands for the festival.

** If Purchaser DOES NOT HAVE A LOCAL ID to present at the festival, tickets will be priced as day-of-show pricing **

You may also opt to purchase a ticket to the Lineup Reveal Show at the Tipitina's Box Office, Monday-Friday 10AM - 4PM, from now until the day of the show for $25 (NO FEES). If you purchase this ticket, you will gain free admission to a single day of NOLA Funk Fest.

TO RECAP: NOLA Funk Fest ticket = Lineup Reveal Show ticket *or* Lineup Reveal Show ticket = (single-day) NOLA Funk Fest ticket.


George Porter, Jr. & Runnin' Pardners
Tarriona "Tank" Ball
Big Chief Juan Pardo
The Funkin' Truth
Leo Nocentelli
Leo grew up in the Irish Channel and Seventh Ward neighborhoods of New Orleans. He was encouraged by his father to pursue music. He played ukelele at an early age and started on guitar at age twelve. He gravitated to jazz and was influenced by jazz guitarists Charlie Christian, Barney Kessel, Johnny Smith and Kenny Burrell. His first professional gig was at age thirteen. By age fourteen he was backing notable musicians such as Otis Redding and Clyde McPhatter. He played jazz, Dixieland, rhythm and blues, and rock. He joined the Hawketts and developed a reputation as a guitarist. At age seventeen he did session work for Motown acts including the Supremes, Temptations, and Spinners.

60s and 70s
In 1964 Leo was drafted and served in the army for two years. During leaves he did session work in New Orleans. After the service he joined Art Neville and the Neville Sounds, at the time a recently founded seven-piece band. By 1968 the band consisted of four members: Leo, Art Neville, George Porter, and Ziggy Modeliste. The band had a fluid style and each instrument was free to go anywhere musically. The band performed dance-style rhythm and blues at the Ivanhoe nightclub six nights a week. On Sundays, Leo, Porter, and Modeliste performed jazz gigs. Leo said his bandmates were his biggest influence and called his experience up to this point in time the learning phase of his career.

The band released two singles as The Meters, “Sophisticated Cissy” and “Cissy Strut“, both originally written by Leo. The commercial success of “Cissy Strut” became an impetus for the band’s subsequent recording career as The Meters. From 1969 to 1977 the band released eight studio albums, with Leo as one of the primary songwriters. He wrote the original versions of funk songs such as “People Say” and “Hey Pocky A-Way”. Early on, improvisation was a major part of song development. Though the band gained notoriety in the music community, the lack of commercial success along with managerial and artistic factors gave way to their disbandment in late 1970s.

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Leo wrote, co-wrote and did session work – mostly in Cosimo, Sansu, and Sea-Saint studios. As songwriter and producer, he learned from and was influenced by Allen Toussaint. He backed a variety of artists such as Dr. John, Robert Palmer, Albert King, Etta James, Joe Cocker, Earl King, Chris Kenner, and Betty Harris.

70s to Present
In 1971, Leo recorded a solo debut album called Another Side. He wrote the album during a brief span when the Meters were split up. Leo sidelined the project because the Meters scored a record deal with Warner in 1972 and it was not released until 2021.

In the early 1980s Leo toured with Jimmy Buffett. He moved to Los Angeles in 1982. He continued to do session work and performed regularly with former bandmate George Porter as GEO/LEO. He also remained close with Modeliste, who had moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. They performed in various quartet formations and released a live album titled Leo: Live in San Francisco. At one of their shows in 1989, Leo and Porter invited Modeliste and Neville on stage. The impromptu performance was the first reunion of the original Meters. The same year Leo, Neville, and Porter formed The Funky Meters with Russell Batiste on drums. Leo performed with the reincarnated lineup until 1993.

Leo briefly moved back to New Orleans in the early 1990s and returned to Los Angeles in 1992. He continued to perform with two Meters-inspired lineups: The Meter Men and The Meters Experience. The Meter Men are Leo, Porter, and Modeliste with Page McConnell on keyboards; variations included keyboardists Rich Vogel, John Gros, and drummer Russell Batiste. The Meters Experience is Leo in various quartets with Bernie Worrell, Bill Dickens, Oteil Burbridge, Al Di Meola, Jason Crosby, George Laks, Albert Margolis, Jamal Batiste, Ricky Cortez, Felix Pollard, and others.
River Eckert Band
River Eckert is a 14 year old piano player born and raised in New Orleans, LA. From a very young age, River has been surrounded by music. Immersed in the styles of Professor Longhair, James Booker, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Fats Domino among others, River is passionate and dedicated to “carrying the torch” of the New Orleans Piano Tradition.

Coming from a musical family, River started playing Piano at the age of 3 years old. He began studying classical music and his teachers urged him to start playing blues and jazz based on his natural ability to quickly grasp those styles. Now at the young age of 14, he sings and plays both in a solo piano and full band setting.

River has been fortunate enough to have performed with George Porter Jr, Stanton Moore, Reggie Scanlan, Terence Higgins, Roger Lewis, Brad Walker, Papa Mali, John Fohl, Toni Dagradi, Kirk Joseph, Jason Mingledorff, Eddie Christmas, Brad Walker, Tracy Griffin, Jeff Albert, David Torkanowsky and others. He has had the honor of performing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Tipitina’s, Maple Leaf Bar, NOLA Funk Fest, Oak St. PoBoy Festival , WWL Morning Show and Chickie Wah Wah.
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· Ages 18 and Up
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