Win Tickets ($54): George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ Crystal Ballroom | Funk, Soul, Rock, R&B

We are giving away a pair of tickets to George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ Crystal Ballroom on May 11. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, May 9.

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George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ Crystal Ballroom George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
May 11, 2014
8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show | $25 ADV, $27 Doors | 21+

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 225-0047

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.

In the 1980s, Clinton emerged as a successful solo artist. He released Computer Games with the No. 1 hit single “Atomic Dog,” produced the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ pioneering Freaky Styley, and signed with Prince’s Paisley Park label. He also began to experiment with the urban hip-hop music scene, as a generation of rappers reared on P-Funk began to name-check him.

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.

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84 Responses to Win Tickets ($54): George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ Crystal Ballroom | Funk, Soul, Rock, R&B

  1. Amber Ellison April 29, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    George Clinton is the man! Please please please! I would love to win tickets!

  2. Jim Ehmann April 29, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

    I want to win tickets to Parliament Funkadelic because I got the mother lode of funkitude and I must pour the funk out in front of the majestic maggoty Dr. Funkenstein himself

  3. Jennifer Howard April 29, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

    As a mom, what better Mother’s Day gift could I ask for?!? There’s a whoooole lotta rhythm goin’ round!

  4. Adam Lindeman April 29, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

    I’ve been dying to see p-funk for years! Got into them as a kid. I once wished for funk for my birthday. Unfortunately, I’ve never been around to catch them, and this would be a perfect time. Please, please shoot me with that bop gun!

  5. Jesse April 29, 2014 at 9:15 pm #

    It has been too long since the mother of my monkey(son) and I got down and funky! Everything is everything and we need to shake our tails. George Clinton can put the wind in our sails. She is one cosmic mama and I want to show her a funky time but I don’t have a dime. Hook us up with tickets so we can get with it!

  6. JP April 29, 2014 at 10:43 pm #

    “The FUNK takes care of it’s own”……!!

  7. Amy April 30, 2014 at 7:53 am #

    I missed seeing him last year and I was SO bummed! Gotta get down on this day!

  8. Hilary Andriesian April 30, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    Talk about living legend! The first time I heard about GC and PF was in 1973 in San Francisco. Saw a poster for their upcoming show and thought that was beyond my realm of musical sensibilities at the time (another way of saying I didn’t get it when I was a 12 years old). I get it now, I’ve gotten it for a long time, and I would love love love a big dose of the Funk with George right now!

  9. Cory April 30, 2014 at 4:28 pm #

    I wanna go turn that Mutha OUT!!!!!!!!

  10. Joseph Keebler April 30, 2014 at 8:14 pm #

    Can you imagine Keebler in your funk. Call me E.L. Funk.

  11. Grant May 1, 2014 at 8:47 am #

    Me want the Funk!

  12. Zane May 1, 2014 at 10:48 am #

    I’d love to get down with these legends. May the funk be with us all.

  13. Dot May 1, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

    Could he be runnning for president? Is this just another trick by the clinton’s for 2016. The Clintons are out there. I would love to get down with George at the ballroom.

  14. John May 1, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

    I just read a glowing review of last night’s gig in Phoenix. It sounds like the current P-Funk lineup is on fire.
    I definitely need to take my 68 year old Mutha to this.

  15. Shelby May 1, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

    because I got the funk.

  16. Linda May 1, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

    Out of every event I have ever tried to win, I am most excited about this one. I am George Clinton’s number one fan! Please, please choose me to go. I haven’t seen him for years and I would be so grateful.

  17. Rich May 1, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

    Would love to surprise my girlfriend with these. She has seen George Clinton perform before and loved it. I have never seen his show and think this would make her really happy. Please help me surprise her. Thanks!

  18. Sam May 1, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    Saw them in Eugene about 10 years ago and it was epic. Would love to taste the funk again.

  19. Bill W. May 1, 2014 at 4:25 pm #

    George comes to town every year and I have yet to go. What a fool I am….
    Throw me a life preserver.

  20. serene May 1, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    I am a visitor from Malaysia and would love to approach Portland through events like this. I am a music person and i enjoy the atmosphere of being in a ballroom or stadium where everyone is sharing their appreciation towards music. I really hope that i can win this ticket to experience a musical event in the US and i think this event would be a great highlight for my vacation. CANT WAIT TO MEET GEORGE CLINTON !!!!!!!! PLEASE LET ME WIN !!!! :)

  21. Jesper Angelo May 1, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

    Haven’t seen GC since the 80’ies… wanna go!

  22. cristopher dillard May 1, 2014 at 5:03 pm #

    Bow bow wow yippee yo yippee yay! We are huge George Clinton fans. What else do I need to say?! We want these tickets so bad.

  23. Tricia May 1, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

    This would be a chance of a lifetime, I would love to go.

  24. Tim May 1, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

    La da da Dee da da da da da da daaaa

  25. Luke May 1, 2014 at 6:11 pm #


  26. Aaron May 1, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    We’d enjoy this funkadelic ride!

  27. Dave G. May 1, 2014 at 7:52 pm #

    I wanna do the Aqua-Boogie,Baby! One of my all time favs…!

  28. Lyn May 1, 2014 at 8:45 pm #

    Flashilight! OMG! When we were kids we would put on that record, turn off the lights and turn on our FLASHLIGHTS!! We would dance, jump and dive all over the living room to that song. We played One Nation Under a Groove during our block party one summer. All the neighbors came out and we all got to know each other and had a great time. We formed life long relations that day.

    Seeing George Clinton perform would let me re live some great memories from my childhood. Thank you George for the memories.

  29. Rachel Stokes May 2, 2014 at 12:53 am #

    Awww Man! This would be SO Cool!!
    FIngers Crossed!

  30. Aaron May 2, 2014 at 12:54 am #

    My favorite memory of seeing George Clinton is from St. Petersburg FL, I didn’t have tickets and the show at outdoor courtyard venue Jannus Landing was sold out. Well, there is a bar that opens on an alley behind the venue, and I was with about 20 people dancing on top of an 8-ft high trash compacter that looks over the wall to the venue. There were at lest another 50 or 60 people dancing in the alley as well. Good times, dancing on the trash compacter!

  31. Janelle May 2, 2014 at 12:59 am #

    I would love to win and get funky with George Clinton!

  32. Teresa May 2, 2014 at 7:11 am #

    Have been waiting to see a show at the Crystsl Ballroom forever…would love for this to be my first!

  33. Matthew G. May 2, 2014 at 8:55 am #

    I’d absolutely love to go to this show. I missed out on seeing him in San Fran about five years ago when having to choose between P-Funk, Primus, and an existential crisis on my birthday (the third wound up winning). I feel like it would be a great opportunity to see the man himself live and in action, and to hopefully finally convince my fiancee that Parliament-Funkadelic is one of the greatest supernatural cosmic gifts to mankind.

  34. Sophie May 2, 2014 at 9:40 am #

    George freaking Clinton. Need I say more?

  35. jene May 2, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    I would loooove to go to this show! Please award me with the tickets. Thank you!!!!!

  36. Karen Gillis May 2, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    Haven’t seen him for decades, would love to see him again!

  37. Andria May 2, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

    This would be amazing to win tickets to because they are all amazing!

  38. Heather Smith May 2, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    Dear Gods…I gotta have that funk!

  39. Miyuki May 2, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

    The last time I saw him was in the 80s in Japan. It would be nice if I can go see him again!

  40. Paula May 2, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

    I am a huge funk fan have not gone out in 2 years I am a single mother to a two year old and all I do is work and it would be awesome to see George Clinton perform for Mother’s Day

  41. Lea Anna May 3, 2014 at 12:02 am #

    I want to get funky

  42. Shelly Kent May 3, 2014 at 7:50 am #

    Please pick me!!!

  43. marg May 3, 2014 at 8:51 am #

    I Wanna Tickets!!!!!!!

  44. Tanya May 3, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    I really want to surprise my husband with tickets to this!

  45. Lisa striedinger May 3, 2014 at 4:25 pm #

    It would be AMAZING to see Mr.George Clinton live! Amazing Amazing Amazing! I gotta my “FLASHLIGHT”! :) Oh yeah!

  46. Robert P May 3, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

    I wanna go to get down with my funky self!

  47. Brailes May 4, 2014 at 12:12 am #

    Can’t pass up an opportunity to get my groove on!

  48. Brad May 4, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    Funk Yeah!

  49. sasha May 4, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

    This show would be epic!

  50. Michael May 5, 2014 at 9:13 am #

    OH BABY!!!
    Gotta see the legend GEORGE CLINTON!
    PLEASE pdx pipeline!

  51. john Anderson May 5, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

    This would make my month and we pulls be much appreciated.

  52. Danielle Sanchez-Aldana May 6, 2014 at 8:55 am #

    I would love to win these tickets!!! Please =)

  53. Heather May 6, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    I have been trying to get to see this show every time it comes around, to no avail. Pick me!! I wanna get funky.

  54. Maggie May 7, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

    Shook hands with George at the Wiltern Theater in LA while we were both attending the Stones World Tour Concert in ’02.. Would now love to see him perform live as I gotta have that funk!!

  55. ptermclean May 8, 2014 at 10:32 am #


  56. Megan May 8, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

    Gotta see him and can’t afford it this month!!

  57. PDX May 8, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

    Man, we are to poor to go, this would be the best gift ever and make out year, literally. Thanks for a chance..peace

  58. Cory May 8, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

    Make my Funk the P-funk

  59. Alan Silver May 8, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

    It took me seven tries to get the math question (the one that makes commenting possible) correct.

    Clearly, I need a high dose of the funk.

    Thank you!

  60. Lori Barnes May 8, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

    This would be great for my boyfriends birthday….pick me!

  61. Greg May 8, 2014 at 3:47 pm #

    I thought I was going to have to work so I didn’t buy tickets. My bar closed last week to make way for appartments. So now I can’t afford to go. I just want to hear placebo syndrome live. :(

  62. Lauren May 8, 2014 at 3:48 pm #


  63. Krys May 8, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

    I wants to get funked up!

  64. Linda May 8, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

    Oh please let me get funked up. I love George Clinton and would love to see him live!

  65. Chris May 8, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

    I love funk an have wanted to see them for years now…

  66. Rich May 8, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

    My girl is a huge fan and I’d love to take her. Please choose us!

  67. Fiona Shettle May 8, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

    Lay down the boogie and play that funky music ’til you die…

  68. James May 8, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

    I need someone to funk me!

  69. Anne May 8, 2014 at 5:03 pm #

    As long as the Funk-Master is alive, I will try to get tickets.

  70. Martin May 8, 2014 at 5:51 pm #

    Funk me

  71. Justin May 8, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

    I want to treat my funky lady to some funky music.

  72. Rachel Stokes May 8, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

    I have always wanted to see this performer!!
    It would be like a dream come true!
    Please, pick me, pick me…..
    I <3 PDXPipeline!

  73. Ryan May 8, 2014 at 6:51 pm #

    P Funk

  74. eliz May 8, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

    OMG – George is THE MAN!
    I have all of his LP’s and can sing all of the songs!
    Pick me! Pick me!

  75. Andrea Mooney May 8, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

    I likee da funk!

  76. Stephanie May 8, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

    You have not grooved until you have seen George Clinton live. I want to finally groove.

  77. sean May 8, 2014 at 11:53 pm #

    Man! I’ve wanted to see this guy my hole life! Flashlight, Atomic Dog, The Funk! I got my entire floor in college turned on to P-Funk! That was a lot Funk going on. This would be awesome!

  78. David May 9, 2014 at 1:32 am #

    It would be so great to introduce my son to some of the kings of really old school

  79. Adam May 9, 2014 at 7:22 am #

    I’ve never seen them before. I need to here a funky bass and a killer horn section!!

  80. Sandi May 9, 2014 at 7:53 am #

    All I can say is…OMG… love this man!

  81. Ditty Nicolaides May 9, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    My hero! Please, please, please, let it be me!

  82. Beth May 9, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    This would be a recreation of one of my first dates with my hubby!!!! PICK ME!!!

  83. Tyler May 9, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

    Would love to get a chance to see the MAN!

  84. chris May 9, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    I would love to see George Clinton, he is the King of funk!!

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