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Staff PickSan Jose Fest: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic

August 11, 2017 @ 9:30 pm

| $15 – $65

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George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from late-’60s acid heroes Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. With his Parliament/Funkadelic machine, he ruled black music during the ’70s, recording three platinum albums and over 40 R&B hit singles.

Inspired by Motown‘s assembly line of sound, George Clinton gradually put together a collective of over 50 musicians and recorded the ensemble during the ’70s both as Parliament and Funkadelic. 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. In 2016 Clinton performed on Kendrick Lamar’s 2016 Grammy-winning album To Pimp a Butterfly. And thanks to a recently announced album with LA’s innovative Brainfeeder collective, Clinton’s star has become relevant to a new generation of music fans.


August 11, 2017
9:30 pm
$15 – $65
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Downtown San Jose
Plaza da César Chavez & surrounding area, San Jose, CA United States