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Bootzilla Baby: Bootsy Collins At The Palladium Ballroom Last Friday Night

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By Kelvin Justice

The Palladium Ballroom was the site of the Bootsy Collins concert Friday night, and the vintage Funkmastster treated his audience to an assortment of old school 70’s favorites that had young and old bouncing to his hard driving beats.

Bootsy’s performance featured his band of over 15 musicians that ‘Funked’ up the place and had a special guest appearance by the Fly Jock Tom Joyner as an honorary member. Memories of late 70’s house parties and the creative genius of Bootsy, Parliament, Funkadelic and the great George Clinton resonated throughout the night as several members of the audience broke out their vintage afros and colorful threads.

Bootsy’s two and a half hour show featured several wardrobe changes that were outrageous including an outfit with a picture of Casper (yeah, the friendly ghost) that was completely hilarious and music from his own collection but of the aforementioned groups.  In addition Collins offered a tribute to the late Jimmy Hendrix. Classic Bootsy hits such as “Bootzilla” and “I’d Rather Be With You” still sound great despite being produced more than 30 years ago and had the youth in the crowd felt the Funk.

Throughout the show Bootsy stressed the need to “save the Funk” and challenged the young folk in the audience to put down their cell phones and computers and pick up instruments and learn how to play real music. His man of the people persona was even more evident when he came down from the stage and shook hands with as many fans as he could.

Collins has just recently released a new album, Tha Funk Capital of the World featuring the single “Don’t Take My Funk Away” in collaboration with blues great Bobby Womack. Other prominent artists’ and dignitaries appearing on this album are Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Rev. Al Sharpton, George Duke Musiq Soulchild and of course the P-Funk creator GeorgeClinton.

For one night, the great 70’s style band took over for the computer generated and turntable driven hip hop music of today and it was very refreshing.  This was a night to remember, lest we forget the past. Let’s hear it for the Funk one more time.

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