George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic: Oakland Fox Theater 2 nights 9/15 & 9/16Chris Kentzell
P Funk and the Mother Ship landed at The Fox Theater in Oakland, CA bringing the funk for two nights! Formed in the 1950’s and still headed by George Clinton, the band known as Parliament Funkadelic is still hosting a lineup of top-notch musicians at every show, politically charged lyrics, outlandish concept albums and keeping the pure funk alive, all these years later.
George Clinton led the band, consisting of about 30 people, including horns, keys, percussion, bass, guitars, and dancers. The incredible line up took turns to highlight every performer, switching focus to bring everyone to the forefront being one moving, breathing badass funky collective.
Highlights from the night that had the Fox Theater dancing included, “Atomic Dog”, “One Nation Under a Groove”, “Give Up The Funk and “Flash Light”.
The collective has achieved rightfully so, top ten hits in the American R&B music charts between 1967 and 1983, including six number one hits and members of Parliament-Funkadelic were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. With a career spanning long than some attendees have been on this planet, I was surprised that the second night was sold out. With that said, Pfunk, is still a main stay and founders of this incredible genre will be with us for many, many rotations to come. The mothership is still flying and she’s gonna be a beacon for generations.
Review and Photos by: Jen Cash
Line Edit: Leah Storkson