Save Porter Batiste Stoltz: A Throwdown at The Howlin’ Wolf

Porter Batiste Stoltz

As some of you may know, the members of Porter Batiste Stoltz have been in a drawn out legal battle with their former management company, Highsteppin’ Productions LLC and it’s owner Phil Stepanian. The company is after over a half-million dollars, of which PBS claims they do not owe, and if found liable – will include personal property and publishing rights. In disputing the suit the members of PBS have brought on some expensive legal bills, including expert witness costs and other expenses associated with the lawsuit.

And so the folks at SavePBS.org and The Howlin’ Wolf have put together a serious evening of music to help with the cause, this Friday May 27th. On the bill is a who’s who of local guys (including John Gros, Ivan Neville, Johnny Vidacovich, Tony Hall and Billy Iuso…), as well as Stoltz’s I-12 All-Stars, Porter’s Runnin’ Pardners… and the kicker, The Funky Meters with Stanton Moore on drums (Russell Batiste is out on tour with Joe Krown and Walter “Wolfman” Washington). All proceeds go towards the group’s legal bills and will be a HUGE help for these guys.

Should be one hell of an evening, with The Howlin’ Wolf site saying that both the main hall and The Den stage will have music throughout the night. Show starts at 9:00pm, tickets are $30 and can be found here. If you can’t make the show but wan’t to help out, you can find more info at www.savepbs.org.

Support New Orleans musicians!

From nola.com:
Highsteppin’ filed suit in federal court in Massachusetts and prevailed on a judge there to order that a percentage of the musicians’ income be withheld pending the trial’s outcome. Facing the possible loss of their homes, Porter and Stoltz filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection; the musicians’ legal team also succeeded in moving the case to the federal bankruptcy court of the eastern district of Louisiana. The case, assigned to Judge Elizabeth Magner, is expected to go to trial in early 2012.
Legal costs are already five figures.

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