George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
May 28, 2017
The Vetter Stone Amphitheater is pleased to welcome George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic to Mankato on Sunday, May 28, 2017.
Recording both as Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine ruled black music during the ’70s, capturing over 40 R&B hit singles (including three number ones) and recording three platinum albums. While Funkadelic pursued band-format psychedelic rock, Parliament engaged in a funk free-for-all, blending influences from the godfathers (James Brown and Sly Stone) with freaky costumes and themes inspired by ’60s acid culture and science fiction. From its 1970 inception until Clinton’s dissolving of Parliament in 1980, Clinton hit the R&B Top Ten several times but truly excelled in two other areas: large-selling, effective album statements and the most dazzling, extravagant live show in the business.
The early ’90s saw the rise of funk-inspired rap (courtesy of Digital Underground, Dr. Dre, and Warren G.) and funk rock (Primus and Red Hot Chili Peppers) that re-established the status of Clinton & Co. as one of the most important forces in the recent history of black music. Clinton’s music became the soundtrack for the rap movement, as artists from LL Cool J to Snoop Dogg depended heavily on the infectious groove of Clinton productions as the foundation of their recordings. Clinton’s Partliament/Funkadelic was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
Tickets for GEORGE CLINTON and PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC are $75.50, $55.50 and $35.50 – all seats reserved. Tickets on sale Friday, March 10 at 10:00AM at the Verizon Center box office and at ticketmaster.com. Charge by phone at 800-745-3000.
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