Get ready for a time of sweeping change that at first will seem to waver back and forth. But surely we'll find spring emerging as we blow into March.
Kick this time of transformation into gear with a blast of P-Funk sound with George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic on Saturday at The Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte.
George Clinton is one of the greatest innovators of urban-based soul, rock and funk during the last 40 years and a native son of North Carolina. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 with 14 other members of Parliament Funkadelic, Clinton and company are ranked at No. 56 of Rolling Stone Magazine's "100 Greatest Artists of All Time," while Spin Magazine put them right near the top at No. 6 on their "50 Greatest Bands" list.
Clinton generally is acknowledged as the godfather of funk, while the P-Funk band ensemble has picked up countless accolades and awards making it easy to view their effect on modern popular music as nothing less than monumental.
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Their song "Atomic Dog" is one of the most sampled songs in the history of hip hop, while their influence of this colorful music-melding ensemble branches out in countless directions. Clinton's recent appearance on CMT's "Gone Country" seems curiously bizarre -- and what else is new regarding the man with the rainbow-colored hair and high-flying funkified sounds? There are lots of surprises waiting where Clinton dares to tread.
It's time to tear the roof off as George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic blithely land the mothership of funk and fun right down for a live show Saturday at Neighborhood Theatre, 511 East 36th St. in Charlotte's NoDa arts district. Call the club at 704-358-9298 or check neighborhoodtheatre.com for show details. For more on the band/music, visit georgclinton.com and myspace.com/gclinton.
Farmer Jason -- aka Jason Ringenberg -- returns Sunday to The Evening Muse in Charlotte for an afternoon show. Yes, that Jason Ringenberg, who you might have met as the wild, honky-tonking lead singer of iconic-pioneers The Scorchers, whose rock, punk and country blend cut a genre-bending swath through the middle of the music industry in the mid-80s. This phase of Ringenberg's musical career is much more friendly for families, as he dons the persona of Farmer Jason to lead a madcap musical escapade out on the farm. Kids and parents alike will be caught up in the imaginative musical landscape. Where else are you gonna hear about a "punk-rocking skunk?" Take the whole family to see Farmer Jason on Sunday at The Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St.. Charlotte. Doors open at 1 p.m. and show -time is 1:30 p.m. For details, call the club at 704-906-3112 or check theeveningmuse.com. For more on the music, visit farmerjason.com.
Other shows in the coming week include Blue Dogs at Sylvia Theater tonight in York; The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Sunday at The Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; Joan Baez at McGlohon Theater in Charlotte on Monday; Marshall Tucker Band at The Neighborhood Theater on Thursday.
• Tonight: Heads 'n' Tails, Senseless Beatings at Augello's Coffeehouse, Rock Hill; Friday Fiesta Dance Party at The Money, Rock Hill; Homecoming Kick-Off Party at Scandal's, Rock Hill; Smilin' Dogs at McHale's On Main, Rock Hill; Blue Dogs at Sylvia Theater, York; CCB Go-Go Band at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Josh Carter and The Practice at McHale's Pub, Fort Mill; Aqualads, Mad Tea Party, Perry Fowler at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Zita Foster at The Pewter Rose, Charlotte; Craig Bickhart, Caleb Hawley, Miles Apart, Benyaro at The Evening Muse, Charlotte; The Heist, The Sammie's, Harvard, The Catch Fire at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Beenie Man with Rock City at The Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte; Sol Kitchen at Alley Cat, Charlotte; Square Roots at Rodi's, Gastonia; Chuck Brown at Amos Southend, Charlotte; The Lenny Federal Band at The Comet Grill, Charlotte; Beggar's Union at Coyote's, Concord; Soul Survivor at The Double Door Inn, Charlotte; The Houston's, Trouble Walkers, Bruce Hazel and Some Volunteers at The Milestone, Charlotte; Jim Garett Band with Loose Lugnuts at Puckett's Farm Equipment, Charlotte; and Electric Boogaloo at Wild Wing Café, Epicenter, Charlotte.
• Saturday: Ansel Couch at Augello's Coffehouse, Rock Hill; Wells of Elim at The Money, Rock Hill; Homecoming Celebration at Scandal's, Rock Hill; Elonzo at McHale's on Main, Rock Hill; Dehlia Low at Sylvia Theater, Charlotte; Volitile Baby at Rodi's, Gastonia; The Lesser Pauls, Erika Blatnik, Flash of Alchemy at The Common Market, Charlotte; Railroad Earth at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte; 2013 Wolves at The Milestone, Charlotte; Truckstop Preachers at The Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Babyshaker, Red Collar, Zoe Vette and the Revolvers at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at The Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte; Railroad Earth at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Charlie Louvin, Lowry, Andy Friedman, The Other Failures at The Evening Muse, Charlotte; Big C Entertainment at Alley Cat, Charlotte; Paula Nelson at Puckett's Farm Equipment, Charlotte; The Breakfast Club -- 80s Retro Band at Amos Southend, Charlotte; Nonsense Botany at The Comet Grill, Charlotte; and Tim Clark Band at The Double Door Inn at The Lake, Cornelius.
• Sunday: Farmer Jason Kids and Family Show, 1:30 p.m., with doors open at 1 p.m. at The Evening Muse, Charlotte; Jesse McCartney at Amos Southend, Charlotte; The Have and The Have Nots, The Howlies, The Smokers at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at The Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte.
• Monday: Joan Baez at McGlohon Theater, Charlotte; and Find Your Muse open mic at The Evening Muse, Charlotte.
• Tuesday: Thriving Ivory, Barcelona and Company of Thieves at The Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte.
• Wednesday: The Mangles, Inner City Surfers at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Tosco House Party Open Mic at The Evening Muse, Charlotte; and David Sanborn at McGlohon Theater, Charlotte.
• Thursday: Sugar Glyder at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Marshall Tucker Band at The Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte; Mike Strauss, Joe Rathbone, Eliza Lynn CD release at The Evening Muse, Charlotte; Sam Quinn and Japan Ten at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Strange County, The Smithtunes, S.O.Stereo at Amos Southend, Charlotte; and Sam Quinn and Japan Ten at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte.
And that was, "all she wrote."