Top 5 Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend
I've been to a lot of different shows in my day, in a lot of different genres, but I'm honestly unable to imagine what a George Clinton show would be like in person.
So that's one option.
George Clinton - Talking Stick Resort, Scottsdale - Friday, November 15
Hey Man, Smell My Finger. Something about that album title from George Clinton seems to sum up the multi-colored dread-headed singer behind such seminal funk outfits as Funkadelic, Parliament and the P-Funk All-stars. Known for his eccentricities and out-of-the-box behavior, Clinton's fingers have been in a lot of pie. He actually began as a street corner doo-wop performer with The Parliaments. Later he tackled R&B before the funk bug took hold and became a guiding light--funk, that is, mixed with healthy does of psychedelic acid rock, James Brown-style horn infusions, Sly Stone party lyrics, and Jimi Hendrix guitar solos.
There's never been anything else like it, making Clinton, a 1997 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a pivotal force in the funk movement through the above-mentioned bands, all of which seem to resurface from time to time. Currently, it's Parliament-Funkadelic backing him. Never one to rest on his laurels--but always a big groove--Clinton may be 72 years old, but the funk master shows no signs of slowing down. His fingers gather in as many musical influences as they continue to pass out in influence. Yup, that smell just keeps getting stronger. -- Glenn BurnSilver