GREENSBORO — Funk music icon George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic will spotlight the NC Folk Festival Main Stage lineup Sept. 9-11 in Downtown.
Festival executives announced Thursday that they have finalized the 2022 main stage lineup for 21 acts with Clinton and her collective.
The Kannapolis native and grandfather of funk will wrap up the evening shows on the main stage on September 10 at the free outdoor multicultural festival.
George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic will join musical and dance artists announced for the festival, a three-day event featuring bands representing a wide range of cultural traditions on multiple stages.
Festival-goers will find non-stop music and dance performances, regional and ethnic foods, crafts, a designer market and festival merchandise.
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“We couldn’t think of a more appropriate artist to complement the incredible lineup we’ve curated for this year’s festival,” Amy Grossmann, festival president and CEO, said in the press release announcing Clinton and Parliament- Funkadelic.
“George Clinton is an innovator and icon who has shaped and transformed the American musical landscape for decades,” Grossmann said. “We welcome him back to his home country to ditch the funk with North Carolina.”
Clinton will join a festival lineup that includes bluegrass/newgrass artist Sam Bush, indie rock band Futurebirds, Irish musician and singer Karan Casey, and country rocker Black Opry Revue.
Clinton is considered, along with James Brown and Sly Stone, to be one of funk music’s greatest innovators.
He and his collective developed an influential and eclectic form of funk music in the 1970s that drew inspiration from science fiction, outlandish fashion, psychedelia and surreal humor.
He launched his solo career with the 1982 album, “Computer Games”, and went on to influence 1990s hip hop and gangsta-funk.
Now 81, Clinton was born in Kannapolis in 1941.
As a child, he moved with his family to New Jersey and formed his first doo-wop band in 1955. He performed school dances and other local social events for five years before traveling to Detroit in 1960 to audition. for Motown.
Although the band had not signed with Motown at this time, Clinton’s songwriting skills were recognized and he was signed as the iconic record company’s staff songwriter.
Influenced by the psychedelic revolution of the late 1960s, George and his band changed their musical direction.
After decades of touring and inspiring rock, funk, hip-hop and generations of other artists, George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
He recognized their lifelong contributions to making and creating music with a funky groove.
In 2019, he and Parliament-Funkadelic received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Learn more about him and Parliament-Funkadelic at georgeclinton.com.
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