George Clinton conceived a veritable factory out of hard rocking funk riffs in the 1970s, leading and/or masterminding the Parliaments (later known as Parliament), Funkadelic, the P-Funk All Stars and many other groups. Due to legal battles over royalties in 1982, Clinton became a solo artist in name only, as his collaborators were many of the same musicians. After staging some of the most extravagant live shows of the 1970s, Clinton and company started to lose prominence but never quite died out, influencing future generations of funksters. Clinton's most recent album was 2008's George Clinton and His Gangsters of Love.
On Fat Tuesday 2016, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic returned to B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill for a three-hour groove-athon. The stage was packed with singers, musicians and others whose roles were questionable. The line-up changed often, to where an audience member could no longer count how many people were involved in the music. Clinton himself was mostly on stage simply as an animator, occasionally singing hoarsely and at other times sitting on a chair as the musicians jammed and the singers sang. Sizzling guitar, keyboard and horn leads traded licks, as the vocalists retreated and then returned to remind the listeners that these songs were old favorites, including "Flashlight", "One Nation Under a Groove", "Give Up the Funk (Tear The Roof Off the Sucker)," and "Atomic Dog." The loose spirit of the funk permeated everything for a well rounded Mardi Gras party.
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