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Gig Alert: Bernie Worrell at the Apollo's Tribute to George Clinton

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Bernie Worrell
“He-Then Holiday” by
SociaLybrium
Playing Wednesday at the Apollo Theater (253 West 125th St., Harlem)
Get: Tickets ($25) | Directions

The legendary funk keyboardist Bernie Worrell performs Tuesday night at the Apollo as part of a tribute to the Godfather of Funk, George Clinton.

Worrell, who was born in New Jersey, wrote his first concerto at age 8. But it wasn't until he helped form Parliament-Funkadelic in the '70s that he became famous. Worrell arranged music and played the piano, organ, keyboards, the keyboard synthesizer bass and the Minimoog synthesizer as well as co-produced for the P-funk collective, which was led by George Clinton and made up of dozens of musicians who entertained crowds in over-the-top space-age outfits.

Tuesday night's show at the Apollo is a tribute to Clinton, who celebrates 50 years of funk this year. Other performers include fellow P-Funk member Bootsy Collins and the glamorous drummer who plays with Prince, Sheila E.

If you can't make it to the show, download "He-Then Holiday" above, which is by Worrell's funk-rock fusion group SociaLybrium. The group is Worrell, Melvin Gibbs on bass, Andre Lassalle on guitar and J.T. Lewis on drums.

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Comments [1]

Dick Hartzell from New York

I love this music! My first download from WNYC. If I wasn't unemployed and broke I'd go see Worrell and Co. at the Apollo. Twenty-five bucks for this kind of funk seems very reasonable!

Oct. 25 2011 10:32 AM

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