It's understandable if fans are a little apprehensive about seeing a live George Clinton performance in the year 2010. After all, the man is turning 69 years old this summer, and there's a point where the line between "playful eccentricity" and "rampant senility" start to blur. Reports of fellow funk icon and frequent Clinton collabator Sly Stone's bizarre, rambling (albeit memorable) Coachella performance this year doesn't exactly inspire confidence. But by all accounts, Clinton's live performances are still solid, even if he's had a tough yearhis son, George Clinton Jr., died this February. Yet he's still on the road, leading the latest incarnation of Parliament Funkadelic on a month-and-a-half long US tour. With bandmates sporting nicknames like "Poo-Poo Man" and "Sir Nose," who'd want to slow down? He's still recording, too: in 2008 he released George Clinton and His Gangsters of Love, boasting guest appearances from impressive names including Carlos Santanna, RZA and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He mentioned earlier this year that he finished an album with Stone, but it hasn't surfaced yetmaybe that's for the best. In any event, a Clinton show is sure to be an energetic evening, and a chance to both see a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer in person, and to hear the word "booty" a lot.
Sun., May 30, 8 p.m., 2010