George Clinton changed popular music at the beginning of the 1970s, by taking American R&B and New Orleans groove music and adding the jet-fueled acid-blues of Jimi Hendrix and the playful inventiveness of the Mothers of Invention to the gumbo. Parliament Funkadelic became a multiplatinum funky freak show over the course of the decade, in the process, inspiring everyone from Prince to – well, you name ’em, if they wanted to get funky, they had to deal with Clinton and P-Funk.
With his autobiography on the shelves and a new P-Funk album, “First You Gotta Shake the Gate,” proving that age has not diminished his ability to “bring it,” Clinton and P-Funk have taken to the road. The band will take over the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.) at 8 p.m. Sunday. If you want to give your kids an education in the funk, you’re in luck – this is an all-ages show, though everyone under 16 needs to have ID, and be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Tickets are $30 advance, $35 day of show (box office, Ticketfly.com).
– Jeff Miers