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George Clinton, The Parliament Funkadelic at Howard Theatre (review, photos)

Accompanied by the Parliament Funkadelic, George Clinton made his way to The Howard Theatre for a mature party that the old-school music crowd truly enjoyed.

While George Clinton is old enough to be my grandfather, I don’t think I would be safe leaving my girlfriend around the spirited 76-year-old at the family picnic.

At least not if I expected her to feel about me the same way and not be drawn to him

Accompanied by the Parliament Funkadelic, George Clinton made his way to The Howard Theatre for a mature party that the old-school music crowd truly enjoyed.

Performing for more than two hours, Mr. Clinton used his legacy and his household name to help introduce a new era of talent and sound.

Hip to what’s going on today, Mr. Clinton took the time out during his show to pay homage to today’s hip-hop culture, covering Big Sean’s “I Don’t Fuck with You” and Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow.” While jamming along with the younger generation members of the Parliament Funkadelic, Mr. Clinton went deep into his dance bag, showing he was still very agile and broke out into the “Swag Surfin’” dance move.

Serving as a coach, Mr. Clinton allowed the members of the Parliament Funkadelic to run the show as he played hyped man.

While the younger artists in the group got the party going, the elder estates provided the highlights of the night.

Greg Thomas provided the night with multiple saxophone solos, including a rendition of  “The Pink Panther Theme.” Guitarist “Dewayne “Blackbyrd” Knight proved to be the real MVP. Through his multiple solos, Mr. Knight helped show that while Parliament Funkadelic is growing with the times and looking to stay relevant in a new cultural climate, the classic funk vibes will not die in the process. A great illustration of what the night had to offer.

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