by Steve Haruch
Mark your Day Runners (or your Palm Pilot Visors, whatever) for July 16, because the legendarily legendary George Clinton and Parliament will be headlining the Nashville Soul Food Festival at Riverfront Park. You and I already missed out on the early-bird $15 general admission slips, but you can still grab tickets for $30-$55 online. (Nashville's big station, 92Q, is also giving away tickets every hour from 8-8 on Fridays.) Now, beloved funk cosmonaut and Mothershipbuilder George Clinton is 69 years old, and he was just hospitalized for a staph infection in his knee. He and the band subsequently canceled shows on May 27, 28 and 29 (with Taj Mahal taking their place for the last of those). But we've got a month and a half for Dr. Funkenstein to heal up, so let's hope for a speedy recovery.
Clinton and Parliament alone would be hot news, but something tells me there's gonna be a freak show on the dance floor ...
... because also entertaining the masses this year will be The Bar-Kays!backed Otis Redding or gave us "Soul Finger," but can you deny the '80s junk-funk of "Your Place or Mine"? You cannot deny it. (Does that video try to reinforce the notion that beautiful women who still live with their moms prefer older dudes with blond-tipped ladyhair? I guess I don't care if it does.)
Is that not enough funky for you? Well, Slave are also playing. That'd be Slave, the Ohio funk band, not the "Talkin' Reggae" Slaves or the Austrian garage-rockers The Slaves. (I fucking love this song, by the way.) Oh, and this guy's not playing, either.
That's not all, either — can I hear it for SWV? (Sisters With Voices, if you don't know.) Don't try to deny that "Weak" was the jam back in the day. Dru Hill and Dazz Band round out the musical offerings.
We're trying to find out more about the soul food part of the Nashville Soul Food Festival equation, but in the meantime, your takeaway is: George Clinton and Parliament and The Bar-Kays, headlining at Riverfront Park, July 16.