Horizontal TabsDescription No one puts on a stage performance like legendary funk band Parliament Funkadelic. Hot, earthy and sometimes down-right dirty, the band holds nothing back and brings the funk directly to your door. These aren't songs; they're jams. And you don't hear them; you experience them. Raw and powerful, the delightfully decadent band brings a performance that just may "blow the roof off the sucker." Recording both as Parliament and Funkadelic, funk forefather George Clinton revolutionized R&B music during the '70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-'60s acid heroes including Sly Stone, Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa. With an unmistakable sound and a surreal stage presence, 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. The show will open with a performance by Miss Velvet & the Blue Wolf. Note: This show contains explicit lyrics and is for mature audiences only. Artists George Clinton Inspired by Motown‘s assembly line of sound, George Clinton gradually put together a collective of over 50 musicians and recorded 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 1978-79, Parliament hit the charts first with "Flash Light," P-Funk's first R&B number one. "Aqua Boogie" would hit number one as well that year, and Funkadelic‘s title track to "One Nation Under a Groove" spent six weeks at the top spot on the R&B charts during the summer. Clinton has received a Grammy, a Dove (gospel), and an MTV music video award, and has been recognized by BMI, the NAACP Image Awards, and Motown Alumni Association for lifetime achievement. Clinton's Parliament/Funkadelic was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. On February 16th, 2012 George Clinton added to his list of accomplishments a Honorary Doctorate of Music from the Berklee College of Music. In reviewing Clinton's illustrious career and success as a producer/writer/performer, perhaps his greatest achievement stems from his relentless dedication to funk as a musical form. Funk had been around for years, deeply rooted in the music traditions of New Orleans and the Blues of the Deep South. Following the lead and commercial success of James Brown and Sly Stone, Clinton took Funk to new heights, blending elements of Jazz, Rock, Pop, Classical and even Gospel into his productions, eventually developing a unique and easily identifiable style affectionately called "Pfunk." Clinton's inspiration, dedication and determination resulted in the recognition and acceptance of funk music as a true genre in and of itself. Robert Randolph Randolph was named one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time by Rolling Stone. Interestingly, the renowned pedal steel guitarist, vocalist and songwriter led such a cloistered childhood and adolescence that he heard no secular music while growing up. If it wasn't being played inside of the House of God Church in Orange, New Jersey, Randolph simply didn't know it existed. Once Randolph began to discover other forms of music, he saw how they were all connected, and was eager to find his own place. By the early 2000s, Randolph had begun applying his dazzling steel guitar technique to secular music, and from that grew the Family Band. The group's sound was so different than anything else around that they were soon packing New York City clubs. Randolph mastered a long but little known gospel music tradition called sacred steel, and has earned the attention of such icons as Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Derek Trucks, all of whom have played with him and studied his technique.