It was a night of funk in Los Angeles last Friday, February 17th, when Galactic and The Funky Meters teamed up at The Fonda Theatre. Both New Orleans crews lit up the venue, bringing a night of good times and dancing grooves.The Funky Meters opened the night, pairing original Meters members Art Neville and George Porter Jr. with drummer Terence Houston and guitarist Brian Stoltz. Songs like “Cissy Strut” and “Fire on the Bayou” filled the venue, playing non stop music for their hour-long set. With the comfort level of legends like Neville and Porter Jr., the young drummer had a chance to stand out with his energetic rapid-fire drumming, even drum soloing while blindfolded.Galactic came out next, brimming with energy from the first notes of the evening. The tight knit band was firing on all cylinders, between their horn section, rhythm players and leading instrumentalists and vocalists. Erica Falls joined the band for a number of songs, engaging the crowd and singing hits like “Hey Na Na” and more. Other noteworthy songs from the set included “Move Fast,” “Cineramascope,” “Right On,” and the show closer, “Dolla Diva.”It was all smiles for a great night of NOLA in LA. Until next time!
Eddie Lynam’s globetrotting star last ran in Ireland in the Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh when second to Amour Propre. He also had the option of the Temple Stakes at Haydock, a race he won in 2011, on the same day, but Irish fans will now get the chance to see one of their great performers. Sole Power will have his first run on home soil since August 2011 in the Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday. Press Association What also worked in the Curragh’s favour is that regular rider Richard Hughes is in Ireland this weekend to ride Ivawood in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas. Lynam told the Irish Herald: “We want to run this weekend. “The ground at the Curragh is good to yielding and I am happy with that. (We’re also) keen to run in Ireland after so long.” Sole Power has taken his connections all around the world and Paddy Power, spokesman for the bookmakers of the same name whose parents own the sprinter, said: “We decided this weekend the best option was to run at the Curragh, “We’d spoken to somebody who walked the track at Haydock and the ground is just a bit softer there so it’s going to be more suitable at the Curragh. “Richard Hughes will be at the Curragh, too.”