St George's Island, Florida (PRWEB) July 20, 2012
WHAT: THE MOTOR BOOTY AFFAIR - Two days of birthday celebration events for Dr. George Clinton's 71st Birthday on St. George's Island, Florida including:
Sunday, July 22rd - A private birthday party for Dr. George Clinton's family, Parliament-Funkadelic (P-Funk) band members, and select friends and members of the press.
Monday, July 23rd - Dr. George Clinton takes on St. George's Island beach for his favorite past time - fishing. Open to the public - sunrise to 4PM.
Monday, July 23rd - Dr. George Clinton exhibits his art, along with P-Funk artist Overton Loyd and P-Funk photographer Will Thoren. Open to the public. At Sea Oats Gallery 5:30 to 8 PM. - 128 East Pine Avenue, Eastpoint, FL 32328
Dr. George Clinton is one of the foremost innovators of funk music, and is the mastermind behind the bands Parliament and Funkadelic, also known collectively as the P-Funk All Stars or P-Funk. Dr. Clinton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 with 15 other members of Parliament-Funkadelic. To date, P-Funk has captured 40 hit R&B singles, including No. 1 hits “Flashlight,” “One Nation Under a Groove,” “Aqua Boogie,” and “(Not Just) Knee Deep.”
"We always try to create a special and family atmosphere for Dr. Clinton's birthday," says manager Carlon Thompson. "This year is especially important to us because Dr. Clinton has achieved so much in just the past year".
Dr. Clinton's accomplishments over the past year include an exclusive 11 show residency at renowned jazz club Yoshi's Jazz of Oakland and San Francisco which began the week of his 70th birthday.
In October of 2011 at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York, an all star line up of entertainers including Bootsy Collins, Paul Schaffer, Questlove, Fab Five Freddy, and countless others came out to pay tribute to Dr. Clinton for 50 years of music making. The event called "Absolute Funk" also benefitted New York City hospitals.
At the start of the 2012, Berklee College of Music President Roger H. Brown present Dr. Clinton with an honorary doctor of music degree in recognition for the funk icon's enduring musical and cultural contributions. Dr. Clinton spent four days with the Berklee students culminating in a collaborative concert with the music pupils.
In the midst of non stop touring that took Dr. Clinton and P-Funk all the way to jazz festivals in the UK and France earlier this summer, the septuagenarian rock star took time out to break ground at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in late June. During the groundbreaking on the National Mall, P-Funk headlined a concert called "Bring Back the Funk" with Ivan Neville and Meshell Ndegeocello. The museum also acquired The Mothership, the iconic stage prop made famous in P-Funk's 1970s live shows. The ship, donated by Dr. Clinton, will help anchor a permanent music exhibition when the museum opens in Washington, D.C in 2015.
Other highlights of Dr. Clinton's 70th year include running an IndieGoGo.com campaign to help digitize and preserve P-Funk's amazing catalog of master analog tapes. Dr. Clinton is an also an advocate for artists rights through fighting for his right to the copyrights of his work and raising awareness of copyright issues. His efforts were recently the subject of an in depth piece on National Public Radio - see - http://bit.ly/george_clinton_copyrights
The 71st birthday event on St. George's Island, Florida is titled the "The Motor Booty Affair" after Dr. Clinton's Parliament 1978 underwater themed concept album of the same name.
The affair kicks off Sunday night, July 22nd, with a private party at Harry A's Restaurant & Bar. A select number of fans can sign up at - http://stageit.com/georgeclinton - for a inside look at the birthday tribute to Dr. Clinton and jam session.
Monday, July 23rd, P-Funk's very own illustrator and artist Overton Loyd, who designed many P-Funk album covers and concepts including "The Motor Booty Affair" joins photographer Will Thoren, official P-Funk photographer in an art and photography exhibition at the Sea Oats Gallery. The event is open to the public.
Dr. George Clinton is also an artist himself and select pieces of his art will be on display and available for purchase as part of the exhibition. A live stream of this event will also be available for a limited number of fans at the same link on StageIt.
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