Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Birthday USA & Life On THE ROAD

My friend Michael Hampton, and his REALLY LOUD Flying V guitar, starting P-Funk's Brussels, Belgium concert with the great instrumental Maggot Brain. (I spoke with him on the phone just before writing this post.) Travel safely, Michael!

Short eyewitness review of the concert pictured above:
On a hot summer day in Belgium a day before Garry's funeral the P-Funk played at an open air festival, capacity 28.000 people.
Words can not express the feeling we all got that tears, just keeping the Groovalliance alive.
They opened with Maggot Brain!!!
-Maggot Brain
-Cosmic Slop
-Red hot Momma
-Something Stank
-Dr. Feelgood
-Atomic Dog
-Give up the Funk
-Thumpasaurus people

RIP Garry....unbelievable....Unreal.....Un-clone-able

George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars Current Touring Schedule:

Jul 4 2010 5:00P Oxford Fairgrounds Oxford, ME (That's tonight!)
Jul 5 2010 8:00P Fest. Int’l De Jazz Montreal, Quebec, CA

(It's a HAIL of a drive between Quebec City and anywhere in Maine -- I've done it!)
Later Update: Good thing they weren't going there -- the road runs fairly straight to Montreal.

Jul 7 2010 8:00P Hampton Beach Casino Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, US
Jul 8 2010 8:00P Northern Lights Clifton Park, New York, US
Jul 9 2010 8:00P Chene Park Amphitheatre Detroit, Michigan, US
Jul 10 2010 6:00P All Good Music Festival Masontown, West Virginia, US
Jul 12 2010 8:00P M.L.K. JR. Concert Series Brooklyn, New York, US
Jul 14 2010 8:00P Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach, Delaware, US
Jul 15 2010 8:00P Alive At 5 Stamford, Connecticut, US
Jul 16 2010 8:00P Starland Ballroom Sayreville, New Jersey, US
Jul 17 2010 8:00P Trump Taj Mahal Arena Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
Jul 23 2010 8:00P Verizon Wireless Theater Houston, TX

Here's where it gets jet-lag CRAY-ZEE!
Jul 31 2010 8:00P Paradiso Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS

(But then they maybe get a day or two off)

Aug 4 2010 La Plage Paris, FRANCE
Aug 5 2010 Sete Theatre de la Mer Montpellier, FRANCE
Aug 6 2010 Festival, Antibes, France
Aug 7 2010 Les Escal St. Nazire Festival, Nantes, France

Back in the USA, but all the way to the West Coast, see jet-lag above:
Aug 13 2010 8:00P San Jose Jazz Fest San Jose, Ca

A week later:
Aug 21 2010 10:00P Mississippi Coliseum Jackson, MS
Aug 28 2010 9:00P Chaifetz Arena St. Louis, MO
Sep 11 2010 9:00P City Hall Main Stage Hampton, Va

A lighter P-Funk moment -- fellow cyber-correspondent "Thumpasaurus" holds the amps steady while Carlos (Sir Nose) McMurray drives the ladies insane with his dancing last month:

Oh yeah, thanks to Nina Cheney -- If you're closer to Chicago, try to hear the Eric Boeren Quartet -- tonight at 10:00PM for Sunday Transmission series held at The Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont Avenue -- Eric Boeren - cornet; Michael Moore - reeds; Wilbert De Joode - bass; Han Bennink - drums