Funk legend George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic come to the Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater's Cleveland Street District on Friday, October 26 at 9:30 pm. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, September 8 at noon at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office.
George Clinton is the mastermind behind the bands Parliament and Funkadelic that rose to fame during the 1970s and early 1980s and since 1981 a solo funk artist. He has been called one of the most important innovators of funk music, next to James Brown and Sly Stone. Clinton is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament Funkadelic.
Clinton began his career forming the doo wop group The Parliaments and for a period in the 1960s Clinton was a staff songwriter for Motown. The Parliaments eventually found success under the names Parliament and Funkadelic in the ‘70s. These two bands combined elements of artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Sly and the Family Stone, Cream and James Brown while exploring different sounds, technology, and lyricism.
In 1982, Clinton signed to Capitol Records as a solo artist and as the P-Funk All-Stars, releasing Computer Games that same year. Loopzilla hit the Top 20 R&B charts, followed by Atomic Dog, which reached #1 on the R&B charts. In the next four years, Clinton released three more studio albums (You Shouldn't-Nuf Bit Fish, Some of My Best Jokes Are Friends and R&B Skeletons in the Closet) as well as a live album, Mothership Connection and three chart topping singles Nubian Nut, Last Dance, and Do Fries Go with That Shake?. In 1985, he was recruited by the Red Hot Chili Peppers to produce their album Freaky Styley.
In 1989, Clinton released The Cinderella Theory on Paisley Park, Prince's record label. This was followed by Hey Man, Smell My Finger. Clinton then signed with Sony 550 and released T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. (The Awesome Power of a Fully Operational Mothership) in 1996, having reunited with several old members of Parliament and Funkadelic.
Clinton founded a record label called The C Kunspyruhzy in 2005. In September of 2008, Clinton released his next solo album George Clinton and His Gangsters of Love on Shanachie Records. Largely a covers album, Gangsters features guest appearances from Sly Stone, El DeBarge, Red Hot Chili Peppers, RZA, Carlos Santana, gospel singer Kim Burrell and more.
Currently George is fighting for artists' rights. Throughout his career numerous entities have fraudulently exploited P-Funk's music. With the creation of his blog, Funkprobosci.com, George hopes to educated and entertain others so they won't succumb to the similar schemes. In his free time George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic tour more than 200 days out of the year in Europe, Asia, Africa and the USA.
Reserved tickets priced at $65.00 and $49.50 will be available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater, by calling 727.791.7400 or by logging onto www.atthecap.com. The Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office is open Monday through Saturday, from noon to 6 pm. The Capitol Theatre Ticket Office opens one hour prior to showtime.
Valet parking is now available for most performances at the historic Capitol Theatre. Parking is free on city streets after 6 pm every day. Coachman Park Parking Lots are always free and is just a short walk to the Capitol Theatre. For information on dining please visit www.ClevelandStreetDistrict.com.
The City of Clearwater and Ruth Eckerd Hall have joined forces to renovate and revitalize the intimate Capitol Theatre located on downtown Clearwater's beautiful Cleveland Street. Constructed and established in 1921, this classic structure, complete with a large mezzanine and furnishings reminiscent of a classic Hollywood theater, is one of the oldest operating theatres in the state of Florida. In 2009, the Clearwater City Council designated the Capitol Theatre a historical landmark. The is the first such designation by the city. Ruth Eckerd Hall is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.