George Clinton playing a free show at MetroTech

BAM R&B Festival

Put your hands up if you want to see a free funk show. via George Clinton

It seems like you can’t spit without hitting someone who’s really excited about the Clinton news in Downtown Brooklyn this summer. Which we get, since even jaded New Yorkers who’ve seen it all get a little thrill up their leg when they hear about a genuine icon setting up in these parts. Anyway, in case you haven’t heard, the rumors are true and funk legends George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic are playing at the BAM R&B Festival this summer at a free show at MetroTech.

We’re hope you’re ready to see if an outdoor concert can have the roof torn off, because as part of the BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech, George Clinton will be landing the mothership in MetroTech Center for an afternoon funk blowout. That’s not the only opportunity for a funky lunch break Downtown this summer, but Clinton’s is the only one that threatens to keep going on for something like two hours after it’s supposed to be done. At least if Parliament sticks with their custom of playing an encore that basically becomes a second show.

Check out the full schedule of shows below, which all go down on Thursdays at noon from now until August. And if your boss doesn’t appreciate the fact that you come back from lunch sweaty and smelling like an atomic dog, just tell him to get funked.

June 11: Andra Day with special guest Kate Davis
June 18: Erica Campbell
June 25: Al B. Sure!
July 2: King Sunny Adé & His African Beats
July 9: Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
July 16: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
July 23: The Jones Family Singers
July 30: Theo Croker
Aug 6: Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen

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2 Comment

  • George Clinton is playing to a backing tape nowadays (according to a recent Rolling Stone article.) Could still be a decent show, but don’t expect magic from this senior citizen (especially at an outdoor lunchtime concert where audience is primarily folks from the surrounding office buildings eating their lunch.)

    • He’s not playing to no backing tape. I just saw them at BB kings a few months ago and they played for three hours straight and had 12 musicians onstage. And, he played metrotech about 8 years or so ago and killed it. It was packed and they tore shit up. Everyone got off their asses and jammed.