Saturday, February 25, 2017

Turn This Mutha Out

As I haven't been shy to disclose, my wife and I walked around the corner to see George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at a cool little music venue in our town. The Tally Ho Theatre's been around for a while in various incarnations, but at present, it's a 500-ish capacity joint with great acoustics and good beer. We usually get touring tribute bands, local talent, and the occasional one-hit wonder (Gin Blossoms have been here a couple of times), so it was a bit of an excellent surprise that the Mothership landed in Leesburg.

Brother Clinton is pushing 80, and his role is more that of conductor than full participant in much of what his band kicks out, but he led P-Funk through a nearly three-hour set of funk, rap, metal, blazing guitar from Blackbyrd McKnight, and more funk. 

I grabbed a couple of shitty videos, but I missed capturing McKnight's incendiary ten-minute solo work on Maggot Brain. You can check out a reasonable facsimile here:


Here are the few that I took, and no, I have no idea how to rotate the second one. Just tilt your heads. Coulda sworn I got video of Atomic Dog, too, but there's no proof of that. Clinton's the one wearing the white bathrobe, though he's done away with his trademark rainbow dreads. We got close enough to the stage by the end of the evening that my wife managed to snag beads tossed by the band on their way off the stage. Didn't ever think I'd get see P-Funk live, and I sure as heck didn't think it'd happen walking distance from my house. Pretty, pretty cool.

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22 comments:

Mark said...

There is a 90s pub crawl in downtown Orlando today. We are old as fuck.

T.J. said...

Calling it a downtown is being very kind.

Mark said...

It's like 10 square blocks but it's not terrible if you know where you're going. Plus the Magic and Orlando City have stadiums in the 10 block radius.

I'll also ride for Winter Park all damn day.

TR said...

What is a 90's pub crawl like? People in flannel and barn jackets getting drunk and pretending to fear AIDS?

mayhugh said...

Bowl cuts. Pegged jeans. Giant cell phones. Skidz.

Danimal said...

Kinda digging The Revivalists. Give 'em a listen.

Danimal said...

Terrific pandora station too btw

zman said...

Anything from Chess King. Cross Colours. FUBU.

zman said...

Or for this crowd, braided belts, dirty white baseball hats, DMB tshirts.

Danimal said...

Nike air max. Some diadoras maybe.

zman said...

Nike Air Tech Challenge 1, 2 or 3. For the ladies, loafers with big chunky heels or Steve Madden slinky shoes.

Danimal said...

Structure. The Limited.

Mark said...

NIce Rhombus going right now. Plenty of flannel, acid washed jeans, themed tshirts. Oddly, a lot of girls with side ponies. My wife and I were offended by that last one. That was the 80s, kids.

zman said...

Structure was a dope call and it was definitely 1990s.

Coogi sweaters.

zman said...

Matt Bonner lives in a tiny house?

Mark said...

Was just in the elevator with Schroeder. He's an alright guy l.

rob said...

gheorghies, hello! wife and i just got invited to swing. considering it.

not really considering it. that shit ain't my speed. but we're very sexy, apparently.

Danimal said...

Structure was still pretty hot in the early 90's . At least in the Winc.

Danimal said...

Just learned that your Old 97's played in an old church converted to quaint concert venue about 8 miles from my house last night -Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Looks like it was a good show.

Mark said...

To be clear, I wasn't saying Structure was 80s but that side ponies were. Taking the wife to Shake Shack for the first time.

Some of my wife's friends from the Sheriffs office are swingers. That's something I can't comprehend. Not watching my lady get down with someone else. Nope.

zman said...

rob, I assume you were standing next to a jungle gym when swinging was suggested and you misinterpreted the situation. Or maybe they said "sling," like what went on in Hamsterdam. Otherwise I think all credit goes to your wife, respectfully.

Danimal said...

r.i.p. Bill Paxton. I liked Bill, good actor, seemed like a decent fellow. Just a couple weeks ago I listened to a Marc Maron podcast with him.