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July 2012



George Clinton (Part 1): Make My Funk the P Funk…

Written by , Posted in Canon 7D, Concert, Funk, Music, R&B-Soul, Video, Washington DC

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic brought the funk to the National Mall at the Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival!  The Bring Back the Funk concert, hosted by Tom Joyner, as part of the National Museum of African American History and Culture fundraising efforts.  The museum is scheduled to open in Washington DC in 2015.  George’s mothership, which was previously used  during performances, will be part of the museum’s collection.


Be sure to check back for Part 2 tomorrow for more photos and video!  (Editor’s Note: Part 2 now available!)


They got the party started with “Flashlight.”



June 2012



They Call Her J-I-L-L-S-C-O-T-T…

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… Ms. Jill Scott representing North Philly!  I first heard of Jill Scott on “You Got Me” from The Roots’ “Come Alive” album.  My freshman year at Howard she dropped “Who Is Jill Scott, Vol 1” album, and I’ve been a fan ever since.  I’ve now seen her in concert four times with a unique experience each time.  I love  artists who excel in live performances, and Jill always takes it to the next level.

Midway through the show she switched it up and put a wig on…

Kem was one of three opening acts.  Admittedly, I don’t know his music beyond his radio hits, but I would definitely see him in concert again.



June 2012





May 2012



Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, Ralph, Johnny

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I love great music and artists who can sing live.  After 30 years New Edition still got it!!!  Sitting only five rows from the stage I sang along to all their classics including: Candy Girl, Cool It Now, Mr. Telephone Man, Can You Stand the Rain, If It Isn’t Love, and Is This the End.

Of course Bobby, excuse me, Bad Ass Bobby Brown, was being Bobby, but the crowd went crazy for My Prerogative and Tenderoni.  Later in the show Bobby threw his baseball cap in the audience, which literally fell into my friend Geoff’s hands.

The women (and at least one man!) went crazy for Washington DC native Johnny Gill.  Especially after he jumped in the audience.  My, My, My!!!

Later the fellas changed into more casual track suits (of course representing Celtic’s green), and performed more uptempo songs including Bell Biv DeVoe’s Poison.  You know it’s a great concert when the audience can recite the words to every song.  New Edition ended the concert by thanking the fans for 30 years of support and welcoming them Home Again.

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