Hailed as the prime minister of funk, George Clinton has always danced to the beat of a different drum. With his bands Parliament and Funkadelic, Clinton's flamboyant looks and outrageous behavior, coupled with his often-pun-laced lyrics, garnered this forefather of funk a huge following of fans who waited to see what he would come up with next. Though his popularity waned in the '80s, there's been a resurgence due to a large number of hip-hop and rap musicians sampling the R&B-based funk sounds of Clinton and the Parliament-Funkadelic experience. Happy to be a part of this newfound celebrity, Clinton and the P-Funk (short for Parliament-Funkadelic) are out on the road and coming to our town.
Opening for the funkmasters is Boise's own Kamphire Collective. With two MCs and full instrumentation (guitar, bass and drums), KC's smart, sometimes-spiritual, rapid-fire lyrics and unique style of hip-hop mingled heavily with the sounds of reggae, funk and pop, make them a standout in a genre often full of musicians with more style than substance. These guys have worked hard to establish themselves as masters of their craft (they're due to have an album out this year) and are the perfect choice to open for the grand master of funk himself.
Wed., Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m., $27.50, Big Easy, 416 S. 9th St. in BoDo, 208-367-1212, www.bigeasyconcerts.com.
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