After James Brown, the funkiest outfit on this planet (or any other) has to be George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic collective, one of whose leading funkateers is bassist, composer, singer, and ringmaster Bootsy Collins (who in fact started with JB). On Tha Funk Capitol of the World, his first album in five years, Bootsy conjures up a relentless onslaught of wickedly slippery grooves laced with psychedelia and deep-space declarations direct from the Mothership, played with impeccable tightness and simmering intensity. Meanwhile, a dizzying array of guests (Clinton, Béla Fleck, Samuel L. Jackson, Snoop Dogg) chip in for an overall message that's part history lesson (Al Sharpton on JB; excerpt from a Hendrix interview), part state of the funk, part just get-down exultation. 18+.
Thu., June 9, 6 p.m., 2011
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