The 77 year old Godfather of funk George Clinton made the announcement that he will be touring with Parliament Funkadelic one last time this year on a new farewell tour appropriately called the One Nation Under a Groove.
While tickets went on sale months ago for each of the tour stops, a brand new announcement was just recently added yesterday that adds a slew of opening acts including funk soldiers Galactic, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, legendary ska-funk band Fishbone, and Miss Velvet & The Blue Wolf.
For those not acclimated to a typical Parliament Funkadelic performance, they typically run between 2 and half to 3 hours in length. While not all of the bands listed will perform at each stop, the selection of opening acts basically insures that each one of the tour stops will be the equivalent of mini-funk festival that will not be designed for the weak-hearted.
George Clinton began his musical career that spans over a half of a century that began with doo-wop group The Parliaments and then slowly became the funk psychedelic powerhouse that it is today when George Clinton ingeniously put together two separate bands Parliament and a rockier version called Funkadelic that resided on two different record labels.
The result of which created a laundry list of 40 R&B hits and funk standards that set the bar including Flashlight, One Nation Under a Groove, Aqua Boogie, (Not Just) Knee Deep and many others.
While this leg of the tour officially starts in May, they unofficially kick everything off in Atlanta on April 4th which will be his final performance in Atlanta. Even though George Clinton will no longer be at the center of Parliament Funkadelic performances, he did announce that the band would continue on in his absence indicating that it was always about the band and the legacy must continue.
Parliament Funkadelic One Nation Under a Groove Tour Dates
May 30 Milwaukee, WI—Miller High Life Theatre*
May 31 Chicago, IL—Aragon Ballroom*
June 1 Cincinnati, OH—Riverfront Live*
June 4 New York, NY—Central Park SummerStage^
June 5 Boston, MA—Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion^
June 6 Philadelphia, PA—Franklin Music Hall^
August 2 Los Angeles, CA—Greek Theatre^
August 3 Saratoga, CA—Mountain Winery^
August 4 Lincoln, CA—Thunder Valley Casino^+
August 8 Seattle, WA—Showbox SoDo^
August 10 Portland, OR—Oregon Zoo^
August 11 Eugene, OR—Cuthbert Amphitheater^
August 15 Denver, CO—TBA^
August 17 Phoenix, AZ—Celebrity Theater^
August 18 Las Vegas, NV—Brooklyn Bowl^
* w/ Galactic, Fishbone, Miss Velvet & The Blue Wolf
^ w/ Fishbone, Dumpstaphunk, Miss Velvet & The Blue Wolf
+ also w/ Zapp