Bernie Worrell Orchestra (of Original Parliament-Funkadelic / Talking Heads) comes to Boston, Saturday, June 9th.

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Celebrating 65 years of music from Grammy Award winning featured artist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Bernie Worrell. The Bernie Worrell Orchestra will be performing in Somerville at Johnny D's on Saturday, June 9th.

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Celebrating 65 years of music from Grammy Award winning featured artist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Bernie Worrell. The Bernie Worrell Orchestra announces performance in Boston on June 9th

Rock n' Roll Hall of Famer, Grammy winning featured musician, and co-founder of the original Parliament-Funkadelic (P-Funk) puts a unique funked up spin on his new album featuring The Bernie Worrell Orchestra! Including songs from Bernie Worrell: Standards as well as classics from Bernie's past collaborations.

Saturday, June 9, 2012 - 9PM 
Johnny D's
17 Holland Street
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 776-2004
21+/Tickets: $15 

How many artists can say they were in on the ground floor of a Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame supergroup, while inventing a completely original and uncanny sound and, in the ensuing years, building a legendary reputation as one of the most versatile hired guns in the music business? True funkateers know the history. From the fat Minimoog bass lines of “Flash Light” and “One Nation Under A Groove” to the percussive piano runs of “Chocolate City” and “Give Up the Funk,” Bernie Worrell is synonymous with the legacy of Parliament-Funkadelic; in fact, he’s one of the originators of the psychedelic funk sound, having written and co-produced the lion’s share of the music going back to Funkadelic’s formative years, with an eclectic ear for everything from Chopin to the Chi-Lites.

These days the terms “living legend” or “funk icon” really don’t come close to doing him justice. “Funk iconoclast” is probably more apt, considering the breadth of Worrell’s contributions to seminal albums outside the P-Funk canon—including Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense and Public Image Ltd’s Album, to name two of the more monolithic examples. Keith Richards, Yoko Ono, Bootsy Collins, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Mos Def, Sly & Robbie, Deee-Lite, Bill Laswell and many more have recruited Bernie in the studio and on tour—all for his versatility, vision and feverish creativity whenever he gets his hands on a keyboard.

June, 2011 saw the release of Bernie Worrell: Standards -- Bernie's take on jazz standards -- precipitating the decision by Worrell and co-producer, Evan Taylor to "take the show on the road". The Bernie Worrell Orchestra performs with a nine piece band consisting of two guitarists, two drummers, bass, percussion and a three piece horn section that performs songs from this album along with songs from Bernie's vast repertoire. The enthusiastic response from fellow musicians means that you just don't know who will show up to join the BWO on stage.

More information, including tour dates, can be found at

Press Contact: Please don’t hesitate to contact Melissa Zeigler at Powderfinger Promotions for more information on this event or to schedule an interview at 800-356-1155 x4233, or melissa(at)powderfingerpromo(dot)com.

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