Maceo Parker in Philly - 10/17/97
This is the worst night to see Maceo Parker in concert--the electricity
went out at 8:00pm, because a transformer blew up in a building about 2 blocks away.
For the next 3 hours, the place was dark, with the exception of some small
"backup" lights and flashlights. Two groups performed before Maceo;
they were Group Collective and The Dirty Dozen. At 10:45pm, the
lights finally came back on, and the Maceo Parker band joined the stage at
11:00pm. A few minutes passed and Fred Wesley walked to the stage......people
began to really applause for Fred! Fred was followed by the star himself,
The track listing included the following songs: (NOT in chronological order)
- Uptown Up
- Pass The Peas
- Shake Everything You Got
- Proud Mary
- Mustang Sally
- Up For The Down Stroke
- The Way You Make Me Feel
- Georgia on My Mind
- House Party (performed by
Fred Wesley.....and a great performance)
- The "Bootsy Bootsy"
chant followed by the famous intro announcement from "Aah...The Name
is Bootsy, Baby"
- Sing a Simple Song
- An instrumental sounding
close to "America Eats Its Young" (some psychedelic shit!)
- Maceo's Groove (Corey's rap)
The highlights of the show:
- Seeing the percussionist
perform "Mustang Sally". I've never seen a performer move his
hips and kick his leg up like that........it was pretty entertaining!! At
the end of the song, he walked to the left of the stage and pretended to
drop his pants, and shook his ass to the crowd!
- The bassist (I believe his
name is Jerry) spent 3 minutes doing a Bootsy solo!!!!! This guy sent out
some bass riffs that was so identical to Bootsy that I thought this was
the "Almost Bootsy Show". All that he was missing was the
"star" glasses! Hey, this motherfucker was "stretchin'
out"........he must have attended the Psychotic Bump School for
- The guitarist followed the
"Almost Bootsy" performance with a little bitof Eddie Hazel-type
playing, the ending sounding like the feedback sounds of Eddie Hazel's
- During the performance of
"Shake Everything You Got", Maceo declared the show to be the
"Ooh Yeah!" show! Everywhere he got a chance, he had the crowd
shouting "Ooh Yeah!"
- Maceo's son, Corey, came out
during the last 30 minutes of the show to perform an original jazz-hip-hop
tune, complete with his rapping.
The show ended at 1:20pm!
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