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Gig Alert: Bernie Worrell at the Apollo's Tribute to George Clinton
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
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.