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Who / What Where Sun, Mar 095:30 pm – 9 pm LocoLobo Promotions Presentswith: George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic(alternative, blues, funk, jazz, oldies, progressive, r&b, reggae, rock, rockabilly, soul, techno, Funkadrlic) Paramount Theatremiddletown , NY Whether as producer, vocalist or simply “proud papa” George just wants to keep sharing the funk with one of the hardest working bands in the world! Their string of hits include “(I Just Wanna) Testify”, “The Mothership Connection”, “Aquaboogie”, “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof of the Sucker)”, “Flashlight”, “One Nation Under A Groove”, “Freak Of the Week”, and “Atomic Dawg” – to name a few! info: Order Tickets Online from locolobo 845-647-3821-845-346-4195 [for more info

Photo by Isabel Snyder Sunday, March 9thParamount Theater17 South St | Middletown, NY | Phone: 845.346.4195

Show: Early Show: 5:30pm – 9:30pm Ticket Price: $40-$45Receive a 10% refund at the door if you purchase tickets through JamBase Tickets!!

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Under the guiding hand of mastermind George Clinton, the affiliated groups Parliament and Funkadelic established funk as an heir to and outgrowth of soul. If James Brown is funk’s founding father, Clinton has been its chief architect and tactician. Over the decades, he’s presided over a musical empire that’s included Parliament and Funkadelic, plus numerous offshoots, solo careers and aggregates (the P-Funk All-Stars). The pioneering work of Parliament and Funkadelic in the Seventies–driven by Clinton’s conceptually inventive mind and the band members’ tight ensemble playing and stretched-out jamming–prefigured everything from rap and hip-hop to techno and alternative. George Clinton spent his teenage years in Plainfield, New Jersey, where he founded a vocal group called the Parliaments. They recorded as far back as 1956 but didn’t impact the charts until 1967, when “(I Wanna) Testify”–a prescient mix of Sixties soul, rock and pop–went #3 R&B and #20 pop. That year, Clinton began listening to the new wave of psychedelic rock by bands such as Cream, Vanilla Fudge and Sly and the Family Stone. The dual influence of cutting-edge soul and rock served as inspirations to Funkadelic. In 1970, Clinton dropped the “s” from his other band, and Parliament was born.

Parliament and Funkadelic dominated and revolutionized the music scene in the latter half of the Seventies–particularly in 1978 and 1979, when they racked up four #1 R&B hits: “Flash Light,” “One Nation Under a Groove,” Aqua Boogie” and “(Not Just) Knee Deep.” Clinton’s main collaborators during Parliament-Funkadelic’s heyday included keyboardists Bernie Worrell and Walter “Junie” Morrison and bassist William “Bootsy” Collins.

During the 1970s, Parliament, Funkadelic and a host of related offshoots placed roughly 60 singles on the R&B charts and were among the hottest attractions on the concert circuit. They were responsible for some of the most theatrical tours ever undertaken, deploying one of the largest props–the otherworldly “Mothership”–ever dragged from city to city.

A new generation of hip young listeners discovered P-Funk via rap and hip-hop records that heavily sampled Clinton’s vast body of work. By the 90s, Clinton was widely recognized as a black-music patriarch and pioneer whose contributions put him in a league with James Brown. In fact, Clinton is second only to Brown as the most heavily sampled artist. Meanwhile, the Parliament-Funkadelic juggernaut has shown no signs of slowing down, remaining active on the recording and touring fronts as George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars. One of their later albums–The Awesome Power of a Fully Operational Mothership (T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M.), released in 1996–returned the funk collective to the concept that helped establish them as visionaries 20 years earlier

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