George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic Birthday Funkathon at Yoshi's
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Yoshi's Oakland not only showcases the world's best jazz, gospel, world music and other entertainment, but its acclaimed chef Shotaro "Sho" Kamio is famed for creating some of the finest modern Japanese cuisine in the area. The live music club and upscale restaurant has been located in Jack London Square since 1997 and offers an unmatched entertainment experience. The venue has hosted such legendary jazz greats as Betty Carter, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Diana Krall, Branford Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Harry Connick Jr., Oscar Peterson and hundreds of others, including name comedians. Please see the full event description for the lineup of upcoming performers. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Mel Hynes
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Parliament - 3.5 of 5 (rapper wanna be's keep your back up singer jobs, lead vocal is not your gift!)
George Clinton - scraping for a 2 of 5
Yoshis - 4 of 5 (for lack of coat check!)
I guess I have not been paying attention the the current performing reviews on George Clinton. He's almost lost his voice at this point. I was hoping it was a cold but in reality he just can't sing anymore, it's more of a croak. Parliament did a great job filling the stage with crazy outfits and personalities but nothing could take away from the sad truth, that once George took over the mic you hear he is no long able to produce a quality show. It was so sad that I actually left after 2 hours and I rarely, if ever, leave a show before it's over. Alas, I will not be going to see George again, I'll hold on to my late 1990s memory and try to erase last night's disappointment. Time to hang it up George. You should not be making people pay to hear that, sorry.
Quotes & Highlights
Think of George Clinton and you'll likely conjure an image of a crazy black man with rainbow dreads and garb befitting a galactic shaman literally barking at phat bottomed girls with a sub-atomic "WOOF!" This lovable nutcase is the legendary and internationally renowned grandfather of funk and the founder of the Parliament-Funkadelic MOB, taking the sonic innovations of James Brown and Sly Stone to both outer space AND Neptune while selling millions of records and concert tickets in the process. Quiet as its kept, however, George Clinton's initial approach to the ladies was crooning (when he wasn't cutting hair) as the leader of a standup vocal group he formed in `55 called The Parliaments, emulating the doo wop and love songs that were popular when he was in diapers (well...he STILL wears those on occasion).
What is there left for the North Cackalackee-born grandfather of funk to do after five decades of rockin' steady on the one? He can dip back to an era of sweet street corner soul that was his initial inspiration, take some folks back into time while blowing their minds.
Almost 70 years young, George Clinton has several other projects in the hopper, including a salute to Motown and a solo album by longtime P-Funk All-Star siren Belita Woods. The master is also mindful that most of the folks whose songs he's singing on Radio Friendly are no longer here, but he has no intention of joining them in Soul Heaven anytime soon. "I ain't going nowhere," he declares. "I feel like I'm starting over right now...for real!"