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George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic 

When: Thu., May 28, 8 p.m. 2015
Price: $25-$45
“I have tasted the maggots in the mind of the universe,” says a faceless, pained voice. “I was not offended. For I knew I had to rise above it all.” Then the introduction to Funkadelic’s ’73 masterpiece Maggot Brain truly began: a guitar solo soliloquy that screamed of pain and adversity, imploring some greater human struggle. It begged and begged for something greater, ushering in an era of funk that encouraged listeners to ascend beyond their earthly existence — to go Beyond. The Afrofuturist aesthetic of George Clinton was born, bearing Sun Ra’s cultural zeitgeist of “Space is the Place” as its mantra. Instead of living in the mar of oppression, the band sought an escape in a new form of black art. George Clinton and his extraterrestrial brothers Eddie Hazel, Bootsy Collins and Bernie Worrell pioneered a sound that was paranoid, desperate and bursting at the seams with no reservations. It sounded larger than life, with solar-kissed lysergic revelations screaming, “You don’t buy a life, you live a life.”
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