Win Tickets ($120): Parliament Funkadelic Featuring George Clinton, Dumpstaphunk @ Crystal Ballroom | Psychedelic Funk

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Parliament Funkadelic Featuring George Clinton @ Crystal Ballroom on June 14. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed June 10.



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From our sponsors:
Parliament Funkadelic featuring George Clinton
Dumpstaphunk

June 14, 2024
Doors 6:30PM, Show 8PM | $55-$65 ADV, $60-$70 Doors | 21+
More info: crystalballroompdx.com

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

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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35 Comments

  1. Joseph G Levine on May 13, 2024 at 5:49 pm

    Sounds like it would be a great show.

  2. Stacy Jorge on May 13, 2024 at 6:23 pm

    I’ve never seen the group and have always to. What a fantastic and fun evening of music and vibes.

  3. DawnF on May 14, 2024 at 4:44 am

    sounds cool

    • Michael Pendlebury on May 14, 2024 at 3:58 pm

      George Clinton is a Legend – and there’s not many left! I’d love to go because I love the music – pure and simple as that!

  4. Chris on May 14, 2024 at 1:08 pm

    I would very much enjoy the show. Plus… it’s flag day!!!
    👍👍👍👍

  5. Dave Taube on May 14, 2024 at 1:11 pm

    I would love to go because . . .

    WE NEED THE FUNK. GOTTA HAVE THAT FUNK!

  6. Jen on May 14, 2024 at 1:16 pm

    Legendary!

  7. Denise Windley on May 14, 2024 at 1:37 pm

    I need the funk! Gotta have that funk. Yow!

  8. Bob MacKay on May 14, 2024 at 2:24 pm

    Hah, thank goodness George keeps putting off his ‘last tour’- let’s rip the roof off this sucka!

  9. Joel T. on May 14, 2024 at 2:30 pm

    I need the funk too! George Clinton is coming twice a year in PDX. Won’t miss him this time!

  10. Ashley wase on May 14, 2024 at 4:03 pm

    It’s been a rough few years as I waited a long time to get a much deserved raise. But we are just starting our savings. I’d love to surprise my husband with a well deserved night off and at a concert of one of his and my favs!!!

  11. Stephanie on May 14, 2024 at 6:28 pm

    why wouldn’t anyone want to see this MONUMENTAL band & george clinton!?!?

  12. Brittny Fisher on May 16, 2024 at 10:58 am

    Funk yeah mother funkers. I would love to funk the night away🪩

  13. Cory on May 16, 2024 at 11:21 am

    I wants to get Funked up!!

  14. Cormac Burke on May 16, 2024 at 2:41 pm

    We Want the Funk!

  15. Kelsey on May 16, 2024 at 7:48 pm

    Wow this would be amazing

  16. Joseph on May 17, 2024 at 4:29 am

    You had me at Dumpstaphunk!

  17. Nikki on May 21, 2024 at 1:02 pm

    My friend has been pretty depressed lately and this would be a great pick me up for her to attend.

  18. Jesse Thompson on May 21, 2024 at 1:10 pm

    I have seen a lot of shows over my 45 years and have never seen Parliament Funkadelic. I am leaving the country for a job overseas either the day after the show or the day after that. What a great way to say goodbye with some of my friends.

  19. Matt on May 21, 2024 at 1:29 pm

    Get up for the downstroke, everybody get up!

    Gonna tear the roof off this sucka

  20. Seth on May 21, 2024 at 1:29 pm

    Amazing show experience 22 years ago. Would like to comment on the show’s evolution since then. Pick me.

  21. Ruth Beckett on May 21, 2024 at 2:11 pm

    I believe I saw P-Funk and The All-Stars in Ann Arbor way back when. I would love to see the funkadelicious sights and sounds again. ~ a former psychedelic ranger
    https://aadl.org/node/193368

  22. Richard Potts on May 21, 2024 at 2:35 pm

    We would love to go, thanks!

  23. Rocko on May 21, 2024 at 2:50 pm

    I need those funking tickets.

  24. Brent H on May 21, 2024 at 2:58 pm

    Got my Flashlight. But I’d Give Up the Funk if I could take my Atomic Dog with me to the show, too.

  25. Tina on May 21, 2024 at 3:01 pm

    I wanna get funked up!

  26. tishree on May 21, 2024 at 3:47 pm

    That’s going to be some cool funk! Right on!

  27. joanna on May 21, 2024 at 5:28 pm

    this is gonna be such a rad show!!!

  28. Charlie Y. on May 21, 2024 at 5:28 pm

    George Clinton is the Grand Poobah of psychedelic funk! The original… Give us the funk in Stumptown!

  29. Rob on May 21, 2024 at 6:39 pm

    The almighty George Clinton and P.Funk? Yes, please!

  30. April Loft on May 21, 2024 at 11:15 pm

    Grandmaster of funk , oh yeah I would be so lucky to funk around at that show

  31. Alisa on May 23, 2024 at 12:33 pm

    Thank show looks FUN

  32. shen on May 23, 2024 at 5:34 pm

    i would love to go!

  33. Kayla on May 24, 2024 at 4:40 pm

    Have always wanted to see them and not been able to!

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