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Parliament Funkadelic featuring George Clinton



June 14th

Friday, June 14th

6:30 pm doors, 8 pm show
21 and over
$55 advance, $60 day of show, $65 21+ advance reserved balcony, $70 day of show 21+ reserved balcony

Parliament Funkadelic featuring George Clinton

Parliament Funkadelic featuring George Clinton

GeorgeClinton is one of the foremost innovators of funk music, and was themastermind behind the bands Parliament and Funkadelic. Clinton wasinducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 with 15other members of Parliament-Funkadelic.

Clintonstarted his career with the Parliaments, a barbershopdoo-wop ensemble, which scored a major hit with 'I WannaTestify' in 1967. Clinton then began experimenting with harmonies,melody, and rhythm, and taking cues from the psychedelic movement,forever setting himself apart from the Motown era.

By theearly 1970s, the group's tight songs evolved into sprawling jams aroundfunky rhythms. They dropped the 's' from the band nameand Parliament was born. Around the same time, Clintonspawned Funkadelic, a rock group which fused psychedelic guitardistortion, bizarre sound effects, and cosmological rants with danceablebeats and booming bass lines. Funkadelic recorded a number ofinfluential concept albums, including Free Your Mind and Your Ass WillFollow, Maggot Brain, and America Eats Its Young.

Parliament and Funkadelic captured40 hit R&B singles, including No. 1 hits 'Flashlight,''One Nation Under a Groove,' 'Aqua Boogie,' and'(Not Just) Knee Deep.' Clinton's collaborators included keyboardistBernie Worrell, guitarist Eddie Hazel, bassist Bootsy Collins, saxophonistMaceo Parker, trombonist Fred Wesley. On stage, spectacle ruled the day,with an enormous mothership, outrageous costumes, and marathonperformances.

In the1980s, Clinton emerged as a successful solo artist. Hereleased Computer Games with the No. 1 hit single 'AtomicDog,' produced the Red Hot Chili Peppers' pioneering FreakyStyley, and signed with Prince's Paisley Park label. He also began toexperiment with the urban hip-hop music scene, as a generation of rappersreared on P-Funk began to name-check him.

Clintonhas become recognized as the godfather of modern urban music. Beats, loops,and samples of P-Funk have appeared on albumsby OutKast, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliot, De LaSoul, Fishbone, and many others. As Clinton has said, 'funk isthe DNA of hip-hop and rap.' In 1996, Clinton releasedthe solo album The Awesome Power of a Fully Operational Mothership,which reunited him with Bernie Worrell and Bootsy Collins.

In1997, Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic were inducted into the Rockand Roll Hall of Fame, Guitar Center's Hollywood Rock Walk, and earned aLifetime Achievement Award at the NAACP Image Awards. In2002, Spin voted Parliament-Funkadelic No. 6 of the 50Greatest Bands of All Time.

Overthe past decade, Clinton has continued to play sold-out shows across the globe,while a countless number of his songs have been licensed for film andtelevision. Currently, he is compiling new and old songs for an exclusiveonline-only release, fighting for artist rights through the P-Funk Initiative,and blogging about these issues on his website, FunkProbosci.com. Clinton also continuesto support the youth through the Mother's Hip Education Foundation, and throughdonations to the Barack Obama Green Charter High School in Plainfield, NewJersey. 

InOctober of 2011 at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York, an all star lineup of entertainers including Bootsy Collins, Paul Schaffer, Questlove, Fab FiveFreddy, and countless others came out to pay tribute to Dr. Clinton for 50years of music making. The event called 'Absolute Funk' alsobenefitted New York City hospitals.

At thestart of the 2012, Berklee College of Music President Roger H. Brown presentDr. Clinton with an honorary doctor of music degree in recognition for the funkicon's enduring musical and cultural contributions. Dr. Clinton spent four dayswith the Berklee students culminating in a collaborative concert with the musicpupils.

In themidst of non stop touring that took Dr. Clinton and P-Funk all the way to jazzfestivals in the UK and France earlier this summer, the septuagenarian rockstar took time out to break ground at the Smithsonian's National Museum ofAfrican American History and Culture in late June. During the groundbreaking onthe National Mall, P-Funk headlined a concert called 'Bring Back theFunk' with Ivan Neville and Meshell Ndegeocello. The museum also acquiredThe Mothership, the iconic stage prop made famous in P-Funk's 1970s live shows.The ship, donated by Dr. Clinton, will help anchor a permanent music exhibitionwhen the museum opens in Washington, D.C in 2015.

Other highlights of Dr.Clinton's 70th year include running a campaign to help digitize and preserveP-Funk's amazing catalog of master analog tapes. Dr. Clinton is an also anadvocate for artists rights through fighting for his right to the copyrights ofhis work and raising awareness of copyright issues. His efforts were recentlythe subject of an in depth piece on National Public Radio.

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