4:20 FUNK MOB (featuring George Clinton)
with DRUGS and the KIDD FUNKADELIC EXPERIENCE
At the Haunt - Ithaca, NY - 2/28/02
The rock guitarist of DRUGS, Adam Widoff!!!
At 9:45pm, the DRUGS took effct on the Haunt with
some tripped-out psychedelic shit called "Don't Mess With Me".
featuring some electrifying, psychedelic guitar riffs by Adam Widoff!! The next
song featured some thumpasorus, funky-duty bass licks by Lige Curry!! (Lige is
definitely sounding more and more funky!!) "Deep Down in the Dumps"
featured some swooping bass by Lige, funky drumbeats by Robert
"Chicken" Burke, and great audience participation with everyone
singing the chorus!!! "Daddy's Got a Secret" featured the beautiful
Stephanie McKay on lead vocals, accompanied by da crazy fool, Clip Payne, on
vocals! Dave Kaz sounded great on the sax solo!! "Mis-America", the
acid-drenched title track filled the Haunt with so much guitar euphoria (from
Garry Shider, Jerry Bernstein, Adam and Lige), equivalent to every fan getting
a good dose of heroin! "Cold Hearted World" was good, thanks to
Stephanie's beautiful vocals. "Strung Out" was a marvelous
R&B/funk masterpiece, thanks to the smokey vocals of Garry Shider; it
didn't hurt that Gary did an exceptional rhythm guitar solo! The last song,
"Never Ever" rocked the Haunt, with high-energy, volatile guitar
madness.....the place was packed with so many funk-hungry fans that rocked
their heads aggressively to the quick-paced, blastin' Funkadelic grooves! The
show was over at 10:50pm.
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The funkiest Kidd on the planet, Michael "Kidd Funkadelic" Hampton!!
At 11:25pm, the Kidd Funkadelic Experience
started with the arrival of the one and only bad-ass guitarist Michael
"Kidd Funkadelic" Hampton, the super-drummer Gabe "Undisco
Kidd" Gonzalez (the General of E-Squadelic band ENEMY SQUAD), and bassist
Eli. The first song was a nasty hardcore rock song with some crazy Kidd guitar
madness, good drumming, and some sinister heavy bassisms!! The next song was
less intense but featured some super-funky drumbeats by Gabe! The following
song sounded like a song from the Kidd's debut CD "Heavy Metal
Funkason"......it featured a power-rock bass riff and a funky breakdown
from Parliament's "Flashlight" (the opening bars of the Parliament
song). "Maggot Brain" was a magical moment as the Kidd dazzled the
fans with his intense tribute to the late Eddie Hazel!! "Machine Gun"
(the Jimi Hendrix tune) was a rock blast with some tasty axe-slaying by the
Kidd and some heavy bass. The Kidd Funkadelic Experience ended at 12:05am.
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Guest for the 4:20 Funk Mob show.....GEORGE CLINTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
At 12:30am, the 4:20 Funk Mob started with some of
that thang......that is, "There's Nothing But Me But Thang"....the
funk-rock groove galloped throughout the Haunt enticing everyone to shake their
moneymakers! The guitar army was just too hardcore (Garry Shider, Ted Orr, Kidd
Funkadelic, and Lige Curry)!! The Master of P-Funk himself, George Clinton,
came out and finished the "Thang" song!! The audience lost their
minds as George half-sung/half-growled the lyrics! From there, it was "Dr.
Funkenstein" time......everybody chanted the chorus to George's delight!
Mr. "Amp" Fiddler played some funky Worrellesque
keyboards.......sounds from the planet DOG STAR!! P-Funk alumnus, Andre Foxxe,
joined his old buds on stage to add some more funk to the mix with his rhythm
guitar! "Mothership Connection" brought the entire club to its knees!
George began chanting shit like "It would be ludacris to think we are new
to this.....we do this.....this is what we do!" over a groove from
"Still Tight" (Incorporated Thang Band stuff)! This audience chant
continued through selections like "I Got a Thang, You Got a Thang,
Everybody's Got a Thang", "I'll Bet You", and "Funky Dollar
Bill". "Amp" showed off seriously funky keyboard wizardry on
"I'll Bet You".....his work on "Funky Dollar Bill" was
good, too. "Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow" started low-key
to allow George to converse and play with the P-Funk fans. Chants from
"Tear The Roof Off the Sucka" and "Get Off Your Ass and
Jam" could be heard everywhere. "Free Your Mind" became more
hardcore and nasty with the guitar army blastin'!!
The greatest blues song by Funkadelic,
"Qualify & Satisfy", was an unexpected sizzler with the return of
George Clinton and the amazing, soulful Garry Shider on lead vocals!! The sog
was a meaty-bass delight with Ted Orr on a blazing guitar solo and a hot drum
solo by Gabe Gonzalez!
"Funky Woman" was a great rocker,
except Clip forget some of the lyrics and Garry quickly filled in for him. I
don't know what happened to the band during the instrumental break because the
shit fell apart....in particular, the absences of the child-like keyboardisms
from Amp. The band started to tighten up shortly afterwards. At 2:00am, the
show was over.
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