In concert: George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic at 9:30 club
By Sarah Godfrey
Homemade band T-shirts and poster board signs are things one would typically see at a concert helmed by a 16-year-old, not a 68-year-old. But there is always a frenzied reaction when funk icons George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic perform, as was the case when they touched down at the 9:30 club on Monday night.
Since the collective’s ’70s heyday, the line-ups have changed, the stage props have become few and far between, and the outfits less outrageous — save for Garry Shider and his ever-present diaper. Still, the crowd seemed content to be in the presence of funk’s game-changing greats.
(One club under a groove, plus more pictures after the jump.)
After a Funkadelic/P-Funk All-Stars set, led by bass player Lige Curry, Clinton appeared with “I’ll Bet You” from 1970’s “Funkadelic.” He gave shouts to Chocolate City and President Obama and referred to painting the White House black before “Aquaboogie.” “Up for the Down Stroke” got everyone moving.
Then, a bit of a lull in the funk party: Singer Mary Griffin’s bluesy take on “Dr. Feelgood” was great but overly long. And some of the younger, less die-hards fans seemed undone by the wondrous 10 minutes of “Maggot Brain,” courtesy of guitarist Michael Hampton.
Things picked up again toward end of night when Clinton and Co. threw out more hits, including “One Nation Under a Groove” and “Mothership Connection.” As many as 20 people crammed the stage at one point — resulting in something less like the controlled, P-Funk chaos of the ’70s and more like cosmic sloppiness, but no one seemed to care.
When the show seemed to be coming to a close, the crowd began chanting, “We Want the Funk! Gotta Have That Funk!” Clinton obliged them, for a good while, until, at the end it was just him and the people screaming their lungs out.
April 13, 2010; 1:25 PM ET
Categories: In concert | Tags: Funkadelic, George Clinton, Parliament-Funkadelic
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