Funkadelic openers: Little Hercules
“We were talking about the Meters, and after playing this show with Russell, all we need is Art Neville to complete the Meters circle,” said Cristian Basso, Little Hercules bassist. “Anytime you can share a stage with musicians of that caliber, it’s exciting.”
Basso has met Batiste a couple of times, as Little Hercules travels to the Crescent City every Jazz Fest. They’ve been well received in New Orleans, and enjoy soaking up the music there as much as they enjoy playing.
“I expect this show to be a raw, funky show,” said Basso. “I mean, any time you get Russell and George and Brian in a room, you know the music is going to be great and inspirational. Personally, I have not heard them as a trio, but it doesn’t take much imagination to feel they’re going to put on a great show.”
It’s good times for the local group, which is on the cusp of recording another album. T-Bones Records is on board, and will be involved in the post-production aspect of the record.
The album will be a collaboration with several artists, including Leo Nocentelli of the Funky Meters, June Yamaguishi of Papa Grows Funk, Ron Haynes of Ohio Players and Liquid Soul, Showtime of Liquid Soul and AJAX formerly of Liquid Soul.
“Now the record company just offered us Mr. Mix’s services,” said Basso. “He was the founder of 2LiveCrew, so that would be interesting.”
They’ll be performing all original works written by Little Hercules. The rhythm section starts recording next Sunday, and the plan is to have it done by the end of April and Jazz Fest.
Little Hercules opens for Porter, Batiste and Stoltz tonight at 9 at 8150. For more information call 479-0607.
Wren Wertin can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 949-0555 ext. 618.