At the Rhythm & Blues Festival (at Cedar Brook Park) - Plainfield, NJ (6/9/07)


Bennie Cowan, George Clinton and Jerome Rogers!

At 5:00pm (after the awards ceremony, where members of Parliament like George, Fuzzy Haskins, Grady Thomas, Ray Davis and Tawl Ross won awards for their achievements in R&B music. Their sons were there to accept the awards), George Clinton & the P-Funk Allstars started with "Funkentelechy", featuring the hot 'n' funky bass riffs of Lige Curry! Clip Payne began rapping the lyrics to "Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad (The Doo-Doo Chasers)" before the band jumped into "Gamin' on Ya". "Bop Gun" was sounded very good, with Steve Boyd and later Kevin Goins handling the lead vocals (YES, KEVIN GOINS Y'ALL)! Because Belita Woods wasn't at the show, Kendra Foster took over for the lead vocals of "The Way She Moves" during the performance of "Undisco Kidd" me, it just wasn't the same. "Cosmic Slop" was Garry Shider's spotlight to shine vocally, and also the point where George Clinton first appeared onstage.

George Clinton took over on lead vocals and began his vicious, profane attack on the audience's ears (UNDERSTAND THAT THIS WAS A FREE FESTIVAL IN CEDAR BROOK PARK, WHERE THERE WERE A LOT OF YOUNG CHILDREN IN THE CROWD! By the way, I know what some of are now saying.... well what about "Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad"?? I'M INCLUDING THAT SONG TOO) with stuff like "Take It to The Stage", "Take Your Dead Ass Home", the chant "To the window, to the walls, till the sweat run from my balls", and his "Dirty Rap" (X-rated). Snippets of "Music For My Mother", "I Got a Thing, You Got a Thing, Everybody's Got a Thing", "You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks" and "P-Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)" were heard, and followed by the music of "Music for My Mother". He hit a little bit of "I Wanna Know If It's Good to You", too.

DICKHEAD, long-time funkateer!!!

Sativa Diva came out and did performed "Hard as Steel" (another profane song). "Maggot Brain" was a great, electrifying performance with the blazing lead guitar fire of Blackbyrd McKnight and the powerful drumming of Rico! "Knee Deep" was a good performance with Greg Thomas doing his routine scatting...Kendra took over Belita's part of "Sentimental Journey" (again, I can't see her being Belita's stuff). "Aqua Boogie" and "One Nation Under a Groove" were good. Things got very interesting with the hot performance of the tune written by members of Funk-Kin, "Sexy Side of You" featuring lead vocals of George and Mr. Soulful himself Steve Boyd.....a fantastic funky tune that got a profane treatment when George tossed in the line "And you'll be squeezing my ball...." during one of the choruses. "Bounce to This" (this is the fast version, not that dreadful slow one) was an extremely funky "shake-your-rump" performance featuring Kendra on lead vocals! "Flashlight" was good, as well as the Hall of Fame riff. Then, the horrid performance of "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" took place...and I was ready to leave. The show was over at 7:40pm.

The personnel:

·         George Clinton - funk overlord, lead vocals

·         Garry Shider - rhythm guitar, lead vocals, backing vocals

·         Dewayne "Blackbyrd" McKnight - lead guitar

·         John Hickey - lead guitar

·         Andre Giles - guitar

·         Lige Curry - bass

·         Danny Bedrosian - keyboards

·         Donald Banks - keyboards

·         Jerome Rogers - keyboards, backing vocals

·         Frankie "Wash" Kaddy - drums

·         Rico - drums

·         Bennie Cowan - trumpet

·         Greg Thomas - saxophone, lead vocals

·         Kevin Goins - lead vocals

·         Sativa Diva - raps

·         Michael "Clip" Payne - lead vocals, backing vocals

·         Steve Boyd - lead vocals, backing vocals

·         Kendra Foster - lead vocals, backing vocals

·         Linda Shider - backing vocals

·         Poo-Poo Man - backing vocals

·         Gene-O Thomas - backing vocals

·         P-Nut - backing vocals

·         Nate Shider - backing vocals, guitar

·         Tim Shider - backing vocals

·         Nowell Haskins - backing vocals

·         (and an assortment of other musicians)

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