Win Tickets ($50): George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ Crystal Ballroom | Funk Music Innovator

We are giving away a pair of tickets to see George Clinton & Parliment Funkadelic on Friday, March 16, 2012 at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, March 16.

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George Clinton @ McMenamins Crystal BallroomGeorge Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Friday, March 16, 2012
8 p.m. doors | 9 p.m. show
$25 advance | $27 doors
Purchase Tickets at

McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
1332 W. Burnside Street

George Clinton is one of the foremost innovators of funk music, and was the mastermind behind the bands Parliament and Funkadelic. Clinton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 with 15 other members of Parliament-Funkadelic.

Clinton started his career with the Parliaments, a barbershop doo-wop ensemble, which scored a major hit with “I Wanna Testify” in 1967. Clinton then began experimenting with harmonies, melody, and rhythm, and taking cues from the psychedelic movement, forever setting himself apart from the Motown era.

By the early 1970s, the group’s tight songs evolved into sprawling jams around funky rhythms. They dropped the “s” from the band name and Parliament was born. Around the same time, Clinton spawned Funkadelic, a rock group which fused psychedelic guitar distortion, bizarre sound effects, and cosmological rants with danceable beats and booming bass lines. Funkadelic recorded a number of influential concept albums, including Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow, Maggot Brain, and America Eats Its Young.

Parliament and Funkadelic captured 40 hit R&B singles, including No. 1 hits “Flashlight,” “One Nation Under a Groove,” “Aqua Boogie,” and “(Not Just) Knee Deep.” Clinton’s collaborators included keyboardist Bernie Worrell, guitarist Eddie Hazel, bassist Bootsy Collins, saxophonist Maceo Parker, trombonist Fred Wesley. On stage, spectacle ruled the day, with an enormous mothership, outrageous costumes, and marathon performances.

Clinton has become recognized as the godfather of modern urban music. Beats, loops, and samples of P-Funk have appeared on albums by OutKast, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliot, De La Soul, Fishbone, and many others. As Clinton has said, “funk is the DNA of hip-hop and rap.” In 1996, Clinton released the solo album The Awesome Power of a Fully Operational Mothership, which reunited him with Bernie Worrell and Bootsy Collins.

In 1997, Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Guitar Center’s Hollywood Rock Walk, and earned a Lifetime Achievement Award at the NAACP Image Awards. In 2002, Spin voted Parliament-Funkadelic No. 6 of the 50 Greatest Bands of All Time.

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94 Responses to Win Tickets ($50): George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ Crystal Ballroom | Funk Music Innovator

  1. Michael Afentoulis March 12, 2012 at 1:44 pm #


  2. David Moss March 12, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    I’ve never seen Clinton or Parliamment live, and I think I am less funky because of that. This could be a life-changing, ass-shaking, soul-liberating experience for me. Seriously.

  3. Sammy March 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    I’d like to win these tickets because my mom is the funk queen and I want to give her the tickets to meet her funk king. SHE DESERVES IT.

  4. Dan Ray March 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    My wife is a huge fan and has always wanted to see George Clinton.

  5. Randall March 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    George Clinton is my favorite NBA Jam character.

  6. Monica March 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    I will Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop all over

  7. Eric March 12, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    I’m looking to shake my tail feathers and get alllllll funked up!

  8. Todd Mintz March 12, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

    Because I’d be the absolute worst dancer at the concert…

  9. Randy March 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    As a Katrina refugee I cannot express how happy I am when someone comes to town bringing the true funk! Nothing like some good ole nasty, raw, bass thumping funk to shake the dust off ya bones and warm up ya body!

  10. sherry March 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    we want the funk! give up the funk!

  11. Austin March 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    I want to see PFunk because it’s the musical connection I’ve had with my father since childhood and George Clinton’s been an inspiration to me and the music I make for years and years – I’ve never been able to see him perform before. Tickets through PDXPipeline would be the only way I could afford to take me and my SO at this moment in time.

  12. Errk March 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    Because funk not only moves, it can remove. And I have a world of unemployment ailments. Dig?

  13. Mel Jasper March 12, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    Let’s get funky!!!! Looking forward to a night of mind-bending funkalicious sounds!!!

  14. Vanessa March 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    I’ve been dancing to George Clinton since I could walk. It’s about time I go see him for real!!!

  15. John MacArthur March 12, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    It is winter and I need the funk!

  16. Debo March 12, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    I was hoping to get down and funky with my peeps to George but tickets are no longer available online. Aaahh … and then I stumbled here today ~ potential is still there ~ : ) Thank you!

  17. Emilie March 13, 2012 at 12:52 am #

    funk you. funk ya motha. funk what ya heard. give ME tha funk.

  18. Liza March 13, 2012 at 2:17 am #

    who’s got the funk? george clinton’s got the phunk! who want’s the phunk? i want the funk!!
    Help me get down and funky!

  19. KathyRankin March 13, 2012 at 3:15 am #

    I saw them live at the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, WA and I still have the signs they used and would really like to just hold them up at the show!

  20. Matthew Hamilton March 13, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    I am lucky enough to have a first date with a very cool woman this Friday. George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic could really help a brother show a lady a great time. She would LOVE this show. Please hook us up!

  21. Tanager March 13, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    Winning tickets is the only way we’d be able to go and we want the funk! There’s a whole lot of rhythm goin’ round, we’d be oh so thankful if you sent some tickets round this way. Thank you!

  22. Emily March 13, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    FUNK! Oh my my my… I love George and the Parliament Funkadelics! They are sooo amazing! I really grew up with these guys and going would really make my life! I am in graduate school (aka I am totally broke) and wanted to go to this so bad but could never afford it right now. If you could help a funk sister out it would be totally funky! LeTs GeT dOwN To ThE fUnK!

  23. Kristen March 13, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

    on thursday i am getting a cast removed from my right legs after seven loooong weeks in this dreadful thing! it is time for this girl to get funky on two feet again!

  24. Theresa March 13, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    Because it’s my birthday!!!

  25. Nikkol March 13, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    Make my funk the pfunk!

  26. sikoya March 13, 2012 at 7:51 pm #


  27. Rebecca Howe March 13, 2012 at 10:40 pm #

    It’s gonna’ put a glide in my stride, and a dip in my hip! Take me on to the Mother ship!!

  28. jasmine March 14, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    I love George Clinton and his crew and would love to see them again… hopefully this time they won’t leave during the middle of the show because they ran out of the funk half way through, like they did at a show in Vermont several years ago! :)

  29. Lindsay March 15, 2012 at 12:17 am #

    ’cause we’ve got the funk!!!!

  30. woohy March 15, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    Last time I saw them I was mooned by their bass player. Need I say more

  31. Miranda March 15, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    I’m obsessed with the p funkadelic! In town for only a few days from northern Cali, and thinking of moving to p-land in a few months and we would LOVE to see p funk live! Please consider us!

  32. Courtney March 15, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    One Nation Under a Groove……nothing can stop us now! Love Love Love George! Love him even when he is hours late as he tends to be! Love him because he will play for hours non-stop! AND, he is here on a FRIDAY this year….WAHOOOOO!

  33. David March 15, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    Visiting Portland from GEORGIA——>Since I have been here my this enormous hole in my wallet has appeared. because of all the live music in Portland. Shows are going on in this town every night of the week and I just wanted to see them all :) This town is blessed with amazing people, scenery, music, and venues. Never been to the Crystal Ballroom but would love to funk out with George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. “Bow wow wow yippee yoooo yipppe yaaaa”

  34. Kelsey March 15, 2012 at 12:52 pm #


  35. Andrew March 15, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    Funk yeah! Hook me up with some funk in light of all this jiggin’ going on.

  36. Manda Panda March 15, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    Please choose this bear to go to the show! I’ve loved George Clinton and the Funk since I was a mere cub.

  37. Julie March 15, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    Gotta gotta gotta have this opportunity of seeing the Godfather of Funk!

  38. Victoria March 15, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    Pick me! I lost my funk and may find it there!

    PLUS I always have my kids on Friday nights and my sister just offered to take them! I need a night out!

  39. robby March 15, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    This is the deal there are a lot of deserving people here and I wish them all luck… the deal is my wife and I will be kid free for the first time in months and months tomorrow night because we are moving all day tomorrow, they come back from grandmas the next morning and with the move we just don’t have the cash to go even though this is the one show all year that we absolutely did not want to miss! Please oh please with a funky cherry on top let my wife and I escape reality for a few hours with the funk gods!!

  40. Celine March 15, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    … I want those tickets because there is going to be a man in a diaper.

  41. Kara March 15, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    I want to get down this weekend!

  42. alan silver March 15, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    Golly. I’d love to travel back in time to the seventies and drench myself in the amazing and beautiful sounds that came out of funk and soul in those years. More than that, I’d really like to take my friend Jamilah to this show. She works her butt off on so many projects for her/our community, and music is not an escape for her, but a nourishment that feeds and sustains her.

  43. Cory Shird March 15, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    Its my 41st B-day!!!!!!!!!!

  44. Tyler March 15, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    Been such a huge fan ever since seeing the movie PCU as a kid! Never had the chance to see him live but I’m definitely going to try to make this show!

  45. amy March 15, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    My husband and I are huge Parliament/Clinton fans. He is getting back into town tomorrow after a grueling two-week stint helping family move in Texas. Tickets to see one of our favorite bands at the amazing Crystal would make me look SOOOO good!

  46. Brian March 15, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    I need that funk in my life! Never seen the man and there is a place missing in my soul.

  47. Leonard March 15, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    I need the funk!

  48. Majken Elek March 15, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    Pick me because I’m an isolated white girl who listens to indie and I should be educated about good freggin funk.

  49. Drew March 15, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    1 nation under a groove gettin down for the funk of it!! Shit goodamn get off ur ass and jam. Flashlight. I think I hear the mothership calling!!! Dedicated to the preservation of the motion of hips. Dr. funkenstein the bigger the headache the bigger the pill!..and they call me the big Pill, baby! We Want the FUNK!!!!

  50. Dana March 15, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    poor student just waiting to dance! still bummed i missed my last chance to party with parliament.

  51. James March 15, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    Love me some funk!

  52. Donald March 15, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    Funky is as Funky does. Please pick moi!

  53. Sara March 15, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    please pick me.

  54. rj March 15, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    It’s on my birthday! I’d love to take my sweetheart to the P-Funk for my birthday!

  55. Amilou March 15, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    I first heard of George Clinton as the producer of the RHCP’s second album, Freaky Styley. Then when I stumbled upon an unannounced show I was so lucky to experience George and the P-funk all stars live in Chicago in 1989. It was a funky transformation then and I know I need some more funk to liberate me now! It has been way too long!

  56. Sarah March 15, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    love his funky butt! i grew up on PCU where he did a cameo!

  57. Larry Blonsky March 15, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

    What can I say? George is cool!

  58. Tiff Tap March 15, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    Parliament and Funkadelic were the soundtrack to my childhood. While my mom was in grad school I’d hang out with my dad and friends who also included Pedro Bell who designed the album covers and vibe to ‘Shouldn’t Have Bit Fish’ and ‘Knee Deep’. I think I was the only 4 year old who knew all the words to the songs. To this day I thank my dad for all the fun times hanging with the fellas and being exposed to true music at an early age. George Clinton in my is like a godfather to me (in my mind that is…)!! I’d love a chance to see him!

    ~One Nation Under A Groove!!

  59. Sandy March 15, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    Oh WOW!! I would love to treat my boyfriend to a nice night like this!! I’m too broke so he usually treats me. PLUS, I’ve never been to Crystal Ballroom!!! Yay!! I wanna go!!!!

  60. ryan daniels March 15, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    Saw o funk several times in the ninetees and it was always fun. George was so messed up last time he snatched a big bud out of my hand after the show without so much as a thank you. Would love to see him cleaned up a little I heard they are killing it

  61. Bud March 15, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    What is that funk!?

    Bring it on…

  62. chuck abruzzo March 15, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

    There’s a party goin on… I wanna go.

  63. kcin March 15, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    I saw P-Funk in 97 at La Luna. They played for 3 plus hours. Epic show! I would love to go again. This time with my hot wife of five short years.

  64. Amy March 15, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    I funkin love me some George Clinton!! Gotta have that funk!

  65. Danielle March 15, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    Because Ive never seen someone who is in the hall of fame before. It would be neat

  66. Gabe March 15, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

    I can’t get enough funk. I’d love you guys forever!

  67. Yves P. March 16, 2012 at 12:03 am #

    We Can Funk!!!!

  68. Mandy March 16, 2012 at 12:57 am #

    I love the Parliament. This show will be amazing. Really wish I could afford to go…Please choose me to bounce to the funk for free!!!

  69. Juli March 16, 2012 at 1:08 am #

    I challenge George Clinton to a Danceoff!!!

  70. Benjamin March 16, 2012 at 3:23 am #

    These are the guys. Still haven’t seen a show at the Crystal.

  71. KathyRankin March 16, 2012 at 3:53 am #

    I want to see my husband happy and he would be able to sit in the balcony…watching with his full length cast on his leg…it would be a change from the couch, tv and remote control, I would feel REALLY GUILTY leaving him all alone at home…no one to help or watch over him, so I could go out and have some fun, please pick me so we can both go together otherwise the state of Oregon doesnt pay much on Workers COmp!

  72. sean March 16, 2012 at 4:58 am #

    because i need pfunk to do it to me in my ear hole!

  73. sean March 16, 2012 at 8:01 am #

    Bring in the funk!!! Gotta have that funk!!! not just George Clinton funk, Funkadelic funk!!!

  74. shobha grace March 16, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    omg!! I LOVE funk!! I want to go and shake off this winter hibernation!

  75. Peter March 16, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    I want them tickets!

  76. viola rose March 16, 2012 at 8:36 am #

    wow . george clinton eh? what nostalgic and fun times I would have boogying down… heck I might even bust out the roller skates!

  77. sam March 16, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    Mommy, what’s a Funkadelic?

  78. Leisa March 16, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    Because I LOVE THE FUNK and I WANT TO GET FUNKED UP! Please MAKE MY FUNK THE P-FUNK tonight!!! Peace out.

  79. KC Tripp March 16, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    Have funk….we’ll dance!

  80. Harry March 16, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    Who wouldn’t want to go to this show?

  81. kyle March 16, 2012 at 11:39 am #

    If you ain’t funkin’ you ain’t tryin’!

  82. SHELLY March 16, 2012 at 11:42 am #


  83. Steve March 16, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    My wife has been down in the dumps lately and that’s what she would need to help bring her back up some hell rasin’ FUNK

  84. bluesbread March 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    I believe in George Clinton as the successor to all that is holy in American music. Plus my gal just got laid off, would be a soul-mending treat for her!

  85. John March 16, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    How could you not have a good time with grown men in diapers!?! I want to dance my face off.. it’s George freaking Clinton!! I’m frantic over here!

  86. Julia March 16, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    I really want the funk, for free. LOL

  87. Paul Liebergot March 16, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    I should win because me n George are brothers and I haven’t seen him in years :)

  88. Toby March 16, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    This is past my bedtime but I would love to stay up for something this cool.

  89. Lori March 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    Would love to go,
    way low on dough.
    Took off the night,
    Planned it right.
    But now don’t have
    the cash in sight.

  90. Lauriel March 16, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    This would be AWESOME!!!

  91. Al March 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    I met George at the Spokane airport, but I’ve never seen him perform! BTW, he was very nice, and even autographed my National Geographic (the only paper I had for him to sign).

  92. b_cherry March 16, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    aaaaaaaatomic dooooooooggg!!
    I wanna go because PFunk will make me dance like im actually not white!

  93. Tess March 10, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    I gotta get down with the PFunk before I die. Thanks for offering this!

  94. Erin February 7, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

    My husband and I are apart for valentines this year and we are expecting a baby girl in April. Before she arrives, it would be radical, funky, fresh to groove with Mr. George and the band and introduce our little one to real music in utero!!

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