Entries tagged with: George Clinton

25 result(s) displayed (1 - 25 of 30):

Photos by Greg Cristman

George Clinton & P-Funk @ The Paramount 7/19/2015
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic

The Mothership was hovering over the NYC area last week as George Clinton and the current lineup of Parliament-Funkadelic played four shows, three of which were free. Did you catch any of them? The last of the four was at Long Island's The Paramount and at at that one frontman George Clinton was out of his signature peacock-and-dreads style which caused a bit of audience confusion at first. He may have looked different but they sounded right, playing classics like "Atomic Dog," "Flash Light" and "Maggot Brain." Pictures from the Paramount continue below...

Continue reading "George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic played four NYC-area shows (pictures from The Paramount)"

4th of July

The Fourth of July is this Saturday, and for those not using Independence Day Weekend to get away from the city -- or for those who will be visiting from out of town -- there's never a shortage of things to do. We've got a bunch of mostly musical suggestions for you.

Read on below...

Continue reading "2015 4th of July weekend NYC event guide"

ClintonClinton

Funk legend George Clinton was in NYC last week (5/12) for a talk at Brooklyn Museum as part of the Red Bull Music Academy. The hour-plus conversation touched on his whole career, being sampled and more. You can watch the whole thing below. If you'd like to hear more from him, Clinton released a memoir, Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You?, last year.

Clinton will be back in our area soon, but with Parliament-Funkadelic, playing two free NYC shows: Queensbridge Park on July 15 as part of SummerStage, and then Brooklyn's Metrotech Commons on July 16 as part of BAM's free summer R&B Festival. The Metrotech show is at noon, and later that day P-Funk will play another free show, this time at Newark's NJPAC Theatre Square. Originally Clinton was to have played NJPAC on June 10 as part of a "House Party" with Kid n' Play and Full Force, but that was recently cancelled.

Then on July 19, Clinton and P-Funk play The Paramount in Long Island. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All upcoming dates are listed, along with video of Clinton's BAM lecture series, below...

Continue reading "George Clinton talked at Brooklyn Museum (video), touring with Parliament-Funkadelic including four NY-area dates -- three are free"

IMAGE

BAM's annual summer R&B Festival which happens Thursdays at noon - 2 PM at MetroTech Commons at MetroTech Center from June 4 - August 6 (corner of Flatbush and Myrtle Aves in Brooklyn). All shows are free and open to the public. This year's lineup:

June 4: Bobby Rush
June 11: Andra Day with special guest Kate Davis
June 18: Erica Campbell
June 25: Al B. Sure!
July 2: King Sunny Adé & His African Beats
July 9: Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
July 16: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
July 23: The Jones Family Singers
July 30: Theo Croker

Aug 6: Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen
A more detailed schedule below...

Continue reading "BAM R&B Fest 2015 free Brooklyn daytime Metrotech concert lineup: George Clinton/P-Funk, King Sunny Ade, Al B. Sure! & more"

Glastonbury

The 2015 Glastonbury Festival, which sold out in 25 minutes back in October, has announced it's initial lineup. In addition to Lionel Richie, which they confirmed a while back, this year will feature Patti Smith, Kanye West, Florence and the Machine, Pharell Williams, Motorhead, Alabama Shakes, The Fall, Alt-J, Suede, Fat White Family, The Chemical Brothers, GOAT, Caribou, fka twigs, George Clinton, Father John Misty, Kate Tempest, Run the Jewels, Future Islands and more.

The annual UK festival takes place June 24-28 on Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, England. All announced Glastonbury 2015 performers are listed below...

Continue reading "Glastonbury announces initial 2015 lineup"

IMAGE

SummerStage has been leaking some of the artists playing their 2015 season, also its 30th year, for the last month and today they've announced the whole lineup and schedule. Free shows, which happen at different city parks, include Caribou, George Clinton, Dr. John, The Felice Brothers, Africa Bambaataa, The Barr Brothers, Roy Ayers, Charles Bradley, Jungle, and more. It's an expanded SummerStage season this year as well, running from May 18 - October 4, with 140 free shows.

Check out the entire schedule, broken down by genre, below...

Continue reading "SummerStage announces full 2015 lineup & schedule"

Kendrick

Earlier this month, Kendrick Lamar took us by surprise when he revealed that his highly-anticipated followup to good kid, m.A.A.d city would be out in less than three weeks (3/23), but it turns out he's surprised us once again: It's out now!

The album's called To Pimp A Butterfly and it features contributions from George Clinton, Thundercat, Snoop Dogg, Ronald Isley, Bilal, James Fauntleroy, Rapsody and Anna Wise, with production from Flying Lotus, Pharrell Williams, Boi-1da and more. "Hood Politics" samples Sufjan Stevens' "All For Myself" and "How Much A Dollar Cost" appears to be sampling Radiohead's "Pyramid Song." That's the artwork above.

Download yours on iTunes, and stream it via Spotify below...

Continue reading "Kendrick Lamar's new album 'To Pimp A Butterfly' is out NOW"

photo: Merzbow at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Merzbow

The Red Bull Music Academy will once again take over NYC this year from May 1-30 with several very cool events and various venues.

This year includes a night of all African electronic artists at Villain, a GHE20G0TH1K's biggest ever party which will happen at BK Bazaar with a big lineup including New Orleans Bounce 'sissy rapper' Sissy Nobby's first-ever NYC appearance, the premiere of a new Kid Millions (of Oneida) piece with 20 musicians, a conversation with A$AP Rocky, a PC Music showcase with all their artists and SOPHIE at BRIC House, a conversation with George Clinton, the biggest-ever Nothing Changes party at Output with Merzbow and many others, a Tri Angle Records 5th anniversary party on Wall Street with most of the label's roster, the return of Frankie Bones' Storm Rave party, the debut of FKA twigs' new live show with dancers and more, an Arthur Russell tribute with Dev Hynes, Cults, Phosphorescent (UPDATE: Phosphoresent was initially listed as part of this but is no longer on the lineup), Sam Amidon, Little Scream and more.

Tickets are on sale. The full schedule, with more info, below...

Continue reading "Red Bull Music Academy NY returns - 2015 lineup & schedule (return of the Storm Rave, GHE20G0TH1K, a Kid Millions commission & much more)"

photos: A Place to Bury Strangers / Grooms @ DbA 11/22/2014 (more by PSquared)
IMAGE
IMAGE

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

A Place to Bury Strangers, Grooms, Ed Schrader's Music Beat @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Having both played the final night of Death by Audio, bands A Place to Bury Strangers and Grooms release their new albums today and celebrate with this show. Also on the bill: Frasier-loving Baltimore duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat.

Doomtree, Open Mike Eagle @ Highline Ballroom
It's a good double header of alternative rap at Highline Ballroom tonight with Minneapolis collective Doomtree, who put out a new album on their own label last mont, and Chicago rapper Open Mike Eagle, who put out Dark Comedy last year.

Walter Schreifels & the Dead Heavens, Gates, Twin Strike, Descender @ Saint Vitus
Post-hardcore legend Walter Schreifels dives into the heavy psych and garage rock of the late '60s for Dead Heavens, one of two newly-formed bands he's fronting. Tonight's the second of their three-show residency at Saint Vitus.

Jeffrey Lewis, Diane Cluck, Kid In The Attic @ Trans-Pecos
Jeffrey Lewis wraps up his tour with fellow folk singer Diane Cluck at this show presented by NYC Taper, so if you can't make it (or want a memento), expect recordings of the show not too long after.

Nick Hakim, Honduras, Adrianne Lenker and Buck Meekv @ Mercury Lounge
This is a makeup show for Nick Hakim's final date of his Mercury Lounge residency which was rescheduled due to Winter Storm Juno.

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ BB King's
The legendary George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic pushed the boundaries of rock, soul, funk and psychedelia on their classic early '70s albums, and they're still at it. Released late 2014, First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate was the first Funkadelic record in in six years.

Lauryn Hill @ Rough Trade
This is the first of Lauryn Hill's nine NYC dates as part of her "Small Axe" acoustic tour. Sold out.

Not Suitable For Television: An Evening of Material Rejected from Television @ Littlefield
Jon Glaser, Sasheer Zamata, Mark Normand, Josh Gondelman, Matt Koff, Charla Lauriston, Jess Dweck, Nate Fernald, Luke Cunningham, Zhubin Parang share jokes that didn't make it past TV censors, sketches cut for time, pitches gone awry and other ideas that never got on the tube.

Colin Hay @ City Winery
Who can it be now? It's former Men at Work singer Colin Hay, who plays the second of his three City Winery shows this evening.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

-------------
---

Follow @BrooklynVegan on Twitter.
Follow @bvChicago for just Chicago stuff.
Also follow @bvAustin for just Austin stuff.

Be our friend on Facebook too, and BV Austin's friend on Facebook and BV Chicago's friend on Facebook.

Follow BrooklynVegan on instagram.

What else?

Parliament Funkadelic at Beekman Beer Garden in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
George Clinton

The great George Clinton and his legendary psychedelic soul/funk collective Parliament Funkadelic have some dates coming up including a three-night run in the Northeast this Thanksgiving weekend. It kicks off in NYC on Friday (11/28) at BB King's and continues in New Haven on Saturday and Baltimore on Sunday. Tickets for the NYC show, which will have DJ Red Alert on the boards, are on sale now.

All upcoming dates are listed, with some of their mind and ass-freeing music, below...

Continue reading "George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic playing shows this weekend, including NYC on Friday (dates)"

X at Riot Fest Chicago 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
X

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

X (performing Los Angeles) @ City Winery
LA legends X will be performing their first four albums in full over a four-night stand at City Winery. Tonight is their classic debut, Los Angeles. Sold out.

Hieroglyphics @ Brooklyn Bowl
Del The Funky Homosapien's already played some pretty big shows this year with his reunited Deltron 3030, and now he's with one of his other groups, Hieroglyphics. If you're looking for great, forward-thinking rap tonight, Brooklyn Bowl is the place to be.

The Clean, Jared Eggers and the Throbbing Thugs @ Rough Trade
Infinitely influential New Zealand legends The Clean just got their entire output released on one four-LP vinyl box via Merge and play their first of two sold-out NYC shows tonight.

Bishop Allen, Alden Penner @ Glasslands
It's been five years since Brooklyn pop outfit Bishop Allen released their last album,Grrr..., and you'd be forgiven if you assumed they broke up. They've just been busy with other stuff -- acting and scoring indie movies, creating a popular dating site, among other things -- but main members Justin Rice and Christian Rudder reconvened last year to write and record a new album, Lights Out, which came out this week. Tonight's the release party.

THEESatisfaction @ MoMA
Shabazz Palaces collaborators warp R&B similarly to the way their pals in Shabazz warp hip hop, resulting in genuinely weird but catchy stuff. This evening show in MoMA's outdoor courtyard should be a cool one.

Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins, Howard Jones, Midge Ure of Ultravox, China Crisis, Katrina (ex-Katrina & The Waves) @ Best Buy Theater
It's the Retro Futura tour, documenting skinny-tie-and-shoulder-pads new wave alt rock. There will be a lot of 40-somethings dancing like Molly Ringwald tonight.

She Keeps Bees, Eddi Front, Raccoon Fighter @ Cameo Gallery
She Keeps Bee's has a new album on the way which features Sharon Van Etten, and if you're a SVE fan you should probably dig into this too. Catch them and hear some of the album's material early, tonight.

Fletcher C. Johnson, Richie, Such Hounds, A Rex & J Rex @ Death by Audio
It's a quality night of garage rock at DbA featuring Fletcher C. Johnson who has released wax on Burger Records and White Iris.

New Myths, Teen Commandments, Control Group @ Pianos
Brooklyn synthpop trio New Myths will release their debut album this fall. Before that happens, they're doing an August residency at Pianos, and this is your third of four chances to see them.

Rivergazer, Flagland, Small Wonder, Sharpless @ Shea Stadium
Good lineup of DIY bands from the Porches-related Rivergazer to the garage rockin' Flagland to bedroom pop introvert Small Wonder.

Sean Nelson (of Harvey Danger), Shenandoah Davis, Prairie Empire, Small Houses @ Union Hall
Though Harvey Danger is sorely missed, singer Sean Nelson put out a solo album last year which was pretty in line with their last LP, and contained some good stuff. We'll probably hear some of that (and hopefully some Harvey Danger too) at tonight's one-off.

Zevious, U Sco, Dama Libra, Epistasis, Period @ Saint Vitus
Jazz/prog/rock band Zevious know how to get intense while staying wacky too.

Midnight Masses, Bloodletters and Bad Men @ Mercury Lounge
Trail of Dead side project Midnight Masses put a new album out this year and they're currently on a short tour that hits NYC tonight for its second of two shows this week.

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ Watermark
Funk and soul legend George Clinton remains very active, and returns to NYC tonight to play with Parliment Funkadelic at this South Street Seaport club.

Biohazard, the Last Stand, Shadows of Dawn, Vice @ Marlin Room @ Webster Hall
Longrunning hardcore-turned-rapcore band Biohazard have continued on with a new singer after Evan Seinfeld's departure in 2011, and you can see their current incarnation tonight.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

-------------
---

Follow @BrooklynVegan on Twitter.
Follow @bvChicago for just Chicago stuff.
Also follow @bvAustin for just Austin stuff.

Be our friend on Facebook too, and BV Austin's friend on Facebook and BV Chicago's friend on Facebook.

Follow BrooklynVegan on instagram.

What else?

George Clinton at Beekman Beer Garden in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
George Clinton

Funk and soul legend George Clinton remains very active, and he's been doing some touring this year, including a short Northeast run this week. That run brings George and the P-Funk all stars to NYC on Tuesday (3/4) at BB King's. Tickets for that show are available.

Dive into the freaky world of P-Funk with some classic streams and the list of tour dates below...

Continue reading "George Clinton on tour, playing BB King's this week (dates)"

A Place to Bury Strangers at MHOW in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
APTBS

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

A Place to Bury Strangers, Bleeding Rainbow, Potty Mouth, Shark? @ Death By Audio
Last time APTBS played DbA (the equivalent of a house show), they brought in their own PA and light show making for total sensory overload. Along for the ride: Philly shoegazers Bleeding Rainbow, Potty Mouth and Shark?

Red Fang, Doomriders, Low Fat Getting High @ 285 Kent Avenue
It's gonna get loud, and probably pretty rowdy, at 285 Kent tonight with this free show (RSVPed out) that includes Pacific Northwest sludge from Red Fang, the Converge-related Doomriders, and melodic punk from Brooklyn's Low Fat Getting High. Get there early, because this whole bill is ridiculous.

Modern English, Jangula @ Mercury Lounge
Sure, most people only know "I Melt with You" but Modern English had a string of good records in the early '80s on 4AD and are currently working on a new album with the core of the original band.

The Cult @ Roseland Ballroom
Gothy mystic rockers The Cult will bring the big riffs of their 1987 album, Electric, and playing that record in full. You'll probably get "She Sells Sanctuary" and "Fire Woman" too.

Blues Control, Mad Nanna, Free Time @ 252 Norman Rooftop (4 PM)
This is a rooftop show (there's a rain contingency too) with Drag City's Blues Control, plus two Aussie bands: Mad Nanna and Free Time. It's also got a 4 PM start, so duck out of work early.

A$AP Ferg, Mister Cee, DJ Spynfo, DJ Enuff @ Webster Hall
A$AP Ferg's Trap Lord is out this week, and while it might not be as diverse as his pal A$AP Rocky's recent album, it's at least as fun. Tonight he celebrates it at the Girls & Boys party at Webster Hall, which is doubling as a Trap Lord release show.

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ Beekman Beer Garden
The funk/soul legend comes to NYC for an outdoor show tonight, which should make for a pretty great time.

Golden Gurls, Bored Spies (ex SEAM), Bedfellows @ Cake Shop
Featuring ex members of Seam and Bitch Magnet, Bored Spies make post-rock with a strong melodic stream. Stream a couple tracks below. Baltimore's Golden Gurls (not to be confused with UK band Golden Grrrls) make fuzzy indie rock reminiscent of early '90s college rock.

Kissing Is A Crime, Caged Animals, Shilpa Ray, Grand Resort, The Veda Rays, Vinyl Thief, The Ivorys @ Pianos
It's week two of Brooklyn-via-Dominican-Republic indiepop group Grand Resort's Pianos Residency and they've got a whole slew of other bands on the bill, giving you maximum value for your live music dollar.

Clarence, Herzog, PUP, Soda Bomb @ Shea Stadium
Toronto's PUP are just another of the excellent punk bands to come out in Canada in recent years, and you can catch them tearing things up in Brooklyn at Shea Stadium tonight.

Celestial Shore, Omhouse, Zula, Half Waif @ Silent Barn
Toronto's Omhouse are in Brooklyn tonight for this show that's rounded out by some excellent indie pop locals, Celestial Shore, Zula, and Half Waif. Stream a new Zula track, "Twin Loss," below.

Paul Banks, Albert Hammond Jr., Danny Masterson (DJ Mom Jeans set), Alexa Chung (DJ set), Fabrizio Moretti (DJ set), Devendra Banhart (DJ set), Special Guests @ The Bowery Hotel
This is a benefit for School of Seven Bells' Benjamin Curtis who is currently battling Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. Tickets are still available.

New Power Generation, Secret Band @ City Winery
It's "Purple Week" at City Winery and tonight's show is not Prince (or an artist formerly known as that) but it is members of his sometimes backing band, New Power Generation, plus the promise of "very special guests." For the price of these tickets, they better be special.

Bret Michaels @ B.B. King Blues Club
You may not know this but actor, director, screenwriter, producer and reality television personality Brett Michaels used to be in a popular hard rock band in the '80s and '90s. Look him up if you don't believe us.

'Krush Groove' @ Videology (FREE)
BV's own Bill Pearis hosts this screening of 1985 hip hop musical which tells the story of Def Jam Records and Run DMC, with many of the bands playing themselves. (Russell Simmons is played by Blair Underwood, though.) Also featuring Fat Boys' "All You Can Eat"! Free.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

-------------
---

Follow @BrooklynVegan on Twitter.
Follow @bvChicago for just Chicago stuff.
Also follow @bvAustin for just Austin stuff.

Be our friend on Facebook too, and BV Austin's friend on Facebook and BV Chicago's friend on Facebook.

Follow BrooklynVegan on instagram.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Thursday? (A Place to Bury Strangers, Red Fang, Modern English, A$AP Ferg, Paul Banks, Zula & more)"

Pandora
Pandora

This letter, signed by a ton of artists and pictured above, is set to appear in an ad in Billboard:

We are big fans of Pandora. That's why we helped give the company a discount on rates for the past decade.

Pandora is now enjoying phenomenal success as a Wall Street company. Skyrocketing growth in revenues and users. We celebrate that. At the same time, the music community is just now beginning to gain its footing in the new digital world.

Pandora's principal asset is the music.

Why is the company asking Congress once again to step in and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon? That's not fair, and that's not how partners work together.
Congress has many pressing issues to consider, but this is not one of them. Let's work this out as partners and continue to bring fans the great musical experience they rightly expect.

Pink Floyd, Down, Primus, Dead Kennedys (with our without Jello?), Nas, Alabama, Sheryl Crow and many more big major label names signed this (or someone signed it on their behalf). Check out the full list below, and head to fairpayforartists.com for more information on their point of view..

The issue is that Pandora is supporting the Internet Radio Fairness Act which they say will "help end the long-standing discrimination against internet radio". Artists are mad because that possibly means less money for them, but Pandora and other Internet radio providers argue they can't stay in business the way things are now.

Continue reading "A bunch of artists wrote an open letter to Pandora who support the Internet Radio Fairness Act"

George Clinton & P-Funk at Beekman Beer Garden in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt
George Clinton

George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic have a few shows scheduled this month including one in NYC TONIGHT (7/12) at Rockefeller Park as part of the River to River Festival. Tonight's show is free and starts at 7 PM. All George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, P-Funk member Bootsy Collins, who was here in June for a BB King's show as part of Blue Note Jazz Festival, will be playing a free NYC show on Monday (7/16) at Wingate Field with SOS Band as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series.

Another P-Funk member, Bernie Worrell, will be in NYC even sooner for a show at Mercury Lounge on Friday (7/13) with Deathrow Tull. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic playing NYC tonight; Bernie Worrell & Bootsy Collins playing shows too (separately)"

photos by Chris La Putt

George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic

Neither recent health problems or a battle with lawyers could stop the funk. George Clinton (that's him in the blue coat) just turned 70 and he celebrated with a multi-hour Parliament Funkadelic show at Beekman Beer Garden at the South Street Seaport in NYC last night (7/28).

Earlier this summer George played a free lunchtime show at Metrotech in Brooklyn. Ginzburg was at that one:

"Covering just about all their hits, and even throwing in a ten foot or so alien life form on stage, George danced, pranced, did poetry, and sang in that gravelly voice of his that won't make Al Green lose any sleep. Sure, he took a few uncharacteristic rests in a chair in back of the stage, but great this was. And when the twenty or so musicians jammed, it was indeed a joyful noise."
Pictures from the Beekman show are in this post. More of them below...

Continue reading "George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic played Beekman Beer Garden (pics)"

Beekman

The number of great and FREE NYC shows set for this summer grows by the day, and now we have a new set to occupy six Sundays. The new Beekman Beer Garden at the South Street Seaport will host a six week "Beach Party" series kicking off on July 10th.

With the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and East River as their backdrop, the respective bands will take the stage on the Beekman Beer Garden's 200-ton sandy beach at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoons.

Presented in association with producers involved with the indie-oriented Seaport Music Festival on Pier 17 (south side) and the RiverRocks series on Pier 54, the Beach Party concerts are free, and limited to 1,100 people. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and all shows are 21 and over.

Check out the schedule and flyer below...

Continue reading "Beekman Beer Garden hosting 6 free shows (Raveonettes, Mission of Burma, Cheeseburger & more)"

BAM R&B Fest

BAM presents the 17th annual R&B Festival at MetroTech. The festival is a free outdoor concert series featuring shows every Thursday from noon-2 PM, June 2 through August 4 at MetroTech Commons in Brooklyn. Awesome if you work right there. The fest kicks off this Thursday (6/2) with George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic. Full lineup below.

Continue reading "BAM R&B Festival at Metrotech 2011 lineup (free summer shows, Thursdays at noon)"

The cover art of Derobert & The Half Truths' 2010 LP
Derobert & The Half Truths

Nashville 60's throwbacks De Robert & The Half-Truths will play their first funkin' NYC show ever at the Dig Deeper event at Southpaw on April 30th with Magic in Threes. Tickets are on sale. Though the band did not exist in the soul/funk heyday, it definitely mirrors the styles of that era much like popular retro-leaning acts like Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Lee Fields & The Expressions. Check out a few samples of the band below.

Speaking of Lee Fields, he has some shows coming up too.

In other funky news, funk-jazz vibraphone great Roy Ayers will team with producer/DJ/MC Pete Rock for a show at Highline Ballroom on June 22nd. Tickets are on sale. The show takes place less than two weeks before Ayers celebrates his 70th birthday at the Mainstage at Central Park on July 2nd. The FREE show features a "collective of jazz virtuosos, top MCs, singers, arrangers, and composers called The Jazz Mafia" who have "re-envisioned Ayers' classic works for this special show" which is one of many free Summerstage events that were recently announced.

BT Express will do it til you're satisfied, or at least until the endo of their set at Betsey Head Park on June 9th. They'll be joined by Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue and the FREE show kicks off at 7PM. The Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue will also support Harold Melvin's Blue Notes on July 29th in Queensbridge Park (also FREE, 7PM).

Jazz/funk/afrobeat trumpeter Hugh Masekela will play the Mainstage at Central Park on June 26th, teaming with Freshlyground and Somi for a FREE show. Doors open at 2PM with the show kicking off at 3.

George Clinton & The P-Funk All-Stars will hit BB King's on May 31st. Tickets are still available. Meanwhile, his former Parliament/Funkadelic bandmate Bootsy Collins will hit the same venue on June 26th as part of the month long Blue Note Jazz Festival. Tickets are still available. Collins released his new LP Tha Funk Capital Of The World on Tuesday (4/25) and will also appear at Bonnaroo 2011.

BB King's will also host dual-show evenings with Chaka Khan (June 18th, tickets), Morris Day & The Time (July 29th, tickets), and Roberta Flack (June 24th, tickets). Flack will also make a pair of private appearances in NYC in the coming months. She'll play a show as part of the Tribeca Film Festival on May 1st and the Apollo on May 19th as part of a fundraiser with Lou Reed and many others.

In semi-related news, Morris Day's former bandmate Prince is currently in the midst of a 21-night show stint at The Forum in Los Angeles with "roughly 85 percent" of the shows being only $25 with service fees. One of Prince's influences will also play NYC this summer. Larry Graham appears at BB King's on June 3rd with Funky Nights. Tickets are still available. Last time Larry played there, Prince showed up. Last time Prince played NYC, Larry opened up.

Tour dates and videos below...

Continue reading "funk & soul roundup (Larry Graham, Roy Ayers, Bootsy Collins, Roberta Flack, George Clinton, Morris Day & more)"

Salt n pepa

The full schedules for this year's Asser Levy/Seaside concerts and MLK Wingate Field shows are posted below. The Seaside series in Coney Island will go on despite the debate over the bandshell's renovations. There's still one TBA on the Seaside schedule (which we have some hints about).

Full schedules for both are below...

Continue reading "2010 Coney Island & Wingate Field concert schedules"

Big Boi

Big Boi's solo debut album, out July 6th via Def Jam/Purple Ribbon, is streaming now at MySpace (which means occasionally it will pause until you figure out which window/tab you have it open in and click the annoying ad). Full tracklist with list of guests below...

Continue reading "Big Boi's Sir Lucious Left Foot out soon, streaming in full "

Asser-Levy Park bandshell (Lisanne!)
Asser-Levy Park

The initial/partial schedule for the 2010 Seaside Summer Concert Series at Asser-Levy Park in Coney Island is posted below. The series of free shows kicks off on July 15th with Neil Sedaka and Brenda Lee. After that, there's a July 22nd show with the "Beach Boys" (Mike Love/Bruce Johnston) and Happy Together Tour (Flo & Eddie of the Turtles, Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees, & others), a July 29th show with George Thorogood and the Destroyers and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, and date-TBA shows with Belinda Carlisle (whose GoGos tour was recently canceled) and secret guest (the B-52s?), John Legend (who plays Brooklyn Bowl tonight) and Aretha Franklin, plus Latin Night. (schedule via Sheapsheadbites).

The Seaside concerts happen Thursdays at 7:30pm at Asser Levy/Seaside Park (West 5th Street and Surf Avenue) in Coney Island/Brighton Beach, across the street from the New York Aquarium. For now they still happen in the above-pictured bandshell, though things may get fancier in the future.

There's also the associated 28th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series, which happens Mondays at Wingate Field (located on Brooklyn Avenue between Rutland Road and Winthrop Street opposite Kings County Hospital). That kicks off with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic and The Ohio Players on July 12th. Acts for the other nights of the series are TBA. Dates are below.

The full lineup (with most of the schedule) is posted below...

Continue reading "initial Coney Island & Wingate Field 2010 free concert lineups ("Beach Boys", Belinda Carlisle, Neil Sedaka & more) "

photos by Chris La Putt with openers by Ryan Muir

"thepeoplespeak.com" - Massive Attack

Massive Attack

George Clinton [who did NOT play with Massive Attack] popularized the phrase "Free your mind and your ass will follow," but few of his successors have pursued the concept as doggedly as Britain's Massive Attack. At this, their first Stateside show in four years [on Tuesday night], the core duo of Robert "3D" Del Naja and Grant "Daddy G" Marshall surrounded themselves with a passel of rhythm-savvy players and -- even more vividly -- with a dizzying multimedia show that came across like Disneyland's Electrical Parade as curated by Noam Chomsky.

Drawing heavily from the recently released Virgin set "Heligoland" -- the band's highest-charting disc to date -- the band didn't hammer home its rhetoric in the songs themselves but did rely on some intriguing juxtapositions. As reggae veteran Horace Andy -- one of a rotating cast of singers -- ramped up the emotion on the bluesy "Girl, I Love You," an ominous video matched that escalation with an increasing dollar figure signifying money spent on the Iraq war. [Variety on Massive Attack night 1]

The highly political Massive Attack followed up their May 11th show at Terminal 5 with the second of their two shows at the venue last night, Wednesday, 5/12. Anti-Pop Consortium opened night one, and Neon Indian took their opening spot for the second night. Martina Topley-Bird opened both and performed as one of the band's rotating vocalists for both. Others behind the mic included Horace Andy and Deborah Miller.

The Terminal 5 gigs came after two in Toronto. The short "tour" finishes up on the west coast and ends with an appearance at Sasquatch on May 30th. More pictures of the headliner from the May 12th show (the many outfits of Matina Topley-Bird included), with the openers from the May 11th show, and a video compilation of songs from night one with three videos from night two, below...

Continue reading "Massive Attack played Terminal 5 again - pics & video "

Black Keys... (by James Carney)
Black Keys

In 2009, both halves of The Black Keys kept remarkably busy with their separate and joint projects. Drummer Patrick Carney released a record and toured with his new band Drummer, while singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach put out his own record (a solo album) and two tours.

Both members were also part of the BlackRoc record, which paired their instruments with rappers like Mos Def, Pharaoh Monch and Q-Tip.

They also found time to play shows as a band, one being their New Year's Eve show in Chicago opened by Kurt Vile.

In 2010, the band will be at the southern rock/blues/jam/funk-focused Wanee Music Festival (headlined by The Allman Brothers) in Florida this April. Full lineup (Sharon Jones, George Clinton, Widespread Panic and More) below. The Allman Brothers recently added some shows to their NYC run that happens even sooner, in March)

Black Keys will also be playing a ticketed show at NYC's Central Park Summerstage on Tuesday, July 27th. $35.00 Tickets go on sale Friday, February 5th at noon. Tinariwen was also just revealed as a band playing Summerstage this summer, though their show is probably free (thanks in part to the money raised by the ticketed shows like The Black Keys... and Pavement).

Videos, tour dates and the fest's lineup are below...

Continue reading "Black Keys playing CP Summerstage & Wanee Fest (lineup)"

Harvest Festial

The NY Harvest Festival & Freedom Fair is a 3-day, 3-night event about cannabis liberation. A portion of the proceeds benefit pro-freedom activism in NY and beyond. This year 30 musical acts and entertainers, with some of the best in Funk, Rock, Jam, Reggae, World, Hip hop, Break Beats & Hardcore, all at one event. Speakers, Poets and Performers will educate and entertain you in between acts. Join us for three days of great music, activist opportunities, great people, good vibes & so much more!
It's happening October 9th- 12th in Hancock, NY. There's music from The Wailers, "420 Funk Mob with special guest George Clinton" and others. Tickets are on sale now. More info below...

Continue reading "2009 NY Harvest Festival & Freedom Fair in Hancock, NY"

Previous