Iconic songwriter, bandleader, and record producer George Clinton, aka "the Prime Minister of Funk," brought his one of a kind funk fest to the Ogden Theatre Sunday night March 11, 2018. Best known as the leader of the popular funk bands Parliament and Funkadelic (a.k.a. P-Funk), the 76-year-old George Clinton kept the capacity house funked up and "Knee Deep" in classic Clinton grooves and a cloud of raucous, circus-like energy.
The capacity audience at the Ogden Theatre was a rowdy, diverse blend of the aged and the not-so-aged, reflecting a collection of musical tastes spanning the R&B Funk of the 60's and 70's to the hip-hop/rap culture of today. It was a unique testament to the enduring power of George Clinton's ageless music.
The night was a spectacle of color, movement, chaos and some very lit-up funky music. With over a dozen musicians and dancers decked out in a wild assortment of costumes that ranged from leopard-print suits, silver lamé string bikinis and knee-high kinky boots, the whole place was "One Nation Under a Groove."
Radiating his iconic, legendary R&B nobility, "Dr. Funkenstein" made his entrance on the stage wearing a white robe and Viking-esque, horned crown. A benevolent and generous king of funk, Clinton graciously highlighted the members of his band and entourage, often pointing them out and cheering them on.
The opening act for George Clinton was the indie-funk-rock band Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf. They served up an opening set that was inspired and entertaining. Reminiscent of Janis Joplin with a great horn section, their lead singer Miss Velvet was stunning and soulful. They are a group destined for greatness.
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic delivered a performance that was pure funk music theater: it is a show that should not be missed. You can catch George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic with Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf + Future Shock March, 24 in Seattle WA. at Showbox SoDo. Check out AXS for additional concert dates and information about George Clinton and P-funk. You can get detailed information about both bands on their websites. George Clinton, and Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf.