by Connor McNeir
Bracing the rain and cold weather, Farnaz and I set off last Thursday night to see the Meter Men at the Ogden Theater. We arrived just as the doors opened and hardly anyone was there. The Congress opened the show with a set that had a southern-rock/R&B feel coming from right here in Denver. It was a very intimate show, and The Congress powered through their set delivering flawless vocals from lead singer Jonathan Meadows.
By the time The Congress had finished their set, the Ogden Theater was beginning to fill up. It was mostly an older crowd, but everyone there was ready to get down. I was only familiar with their previous work under the name, “The Meters”, and was unsure if they would still have the funk. I was pleasantly surprised. George Porter Jr. treated the crowed with tasty bass lines, while Leo Nocentelli played rhythm guitar as well as solos on “Fire on the Bayou” and “Cissy Strut”. By their third song, their syncopated rhythms and roaring organ pulled us down from the balconly and had us grooving on the floor. These guys have rightfully earned and still deserve the title, “The Pioneers of Funk”.