Monday, July 12, 2010

George Clinton brings the funk to Brooklyn

Tensions may be brewing over the borough president’s concert series in Coney Island’s Asser Levy Park, but over at Wingate Field in Crown Heights, things are not just groovy, but funky.

The R&B and soul counterpart to the rock ’n’ roll at Asser Levy Park, the Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series kicks off tonight with the P-Funk legend himself, George Clinton.

Along with contemporaries James Brown and Sly Stone, Clinton was the most-influential funk innovator during the 1970s and ’80s, an undeniable force as the mastermind behind the bands Parliament and Funkadelic.

In addition to his colorful locks, the artist has also gained a reputation for his stunning shows. All these years later, his live performance hasn’t waned, with extravagant lighting and two dozen backing musicians and dancers busting it out to hits like “Atomic Dog” and “Mothership Connection.”

Adding to the funk nostalgia of the night, the show will open with the Ohio Players, best known for their hits “Fire” and “Love Rollercoaster.” George Clinton and the Ohio Players — let’s get this party started.

George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic at Wingate Field [Brooklyn Avenue between Rutland Road and Winthrop Street in Crown Heights, (718) 222-0600], July 12, 7:30 pm. Free. For info, visit


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