George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic Taking Stage for Farewell Tour at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater
St. Petersburg, FLA (July 15, 2019) – Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater is proud to announce another top tier show to the 2019 summer schedule. George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic joined by Fishbone, Main Squeeze, and Miss Velvet & The Blue Wolf, will bring the rhythm to St. Pete with “One Nation Under a Groove Tour” on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 7:30pm.
Tickets are $45, $55, $65, and $75. VIP Packages are also available for this show. Guests can purchase tickets online atwww.TheMahaffey.com, by phone at (727) 300-2000, or at the Mahaffey Theater Box Office from 11:00am – 5:00pm Monday through Saturday.
Capping over 50 years of touring and recording, George Clinton is set to embark on his final tour with the legendary Parliament Funkadelic before he retires. After joining Red Hot Chili Peppers for a 9 city tour of Australia Feb-March, George and P-Funk follow up with their own Australian headline tour in April where they will hit the legendary Bluesfest stage in Byron Bay, and a stint in Japan at Billboard Live. The group is now touring in North America with the “One Nation Under a Groove Tour”. Joining P-Funk to send this icon of American pop culture off with a BANG are Galactic, Dumpstaphunk, Fishbone, and Miss Velvet & The Blue Wolf, all of whom are taking time out of their own busy schedules to hit the road with the Grammy-winning, once-rainbow-dreaded pioneer of Funk, Hip Hop, and Rock & Roll.
Parliament Funkadelic has been a touring force for decades, and the current lineup including veterans Bennie Cowan (trumpet), Greg Thomas (sax), Lige Curry (bass), and Blackbird McKnight (guitar) have been with George for 30 plus years. Parliament Funkadelic also now includes many younger generations of Clinton’s family who are set to move the legacy forward into the 21st century. This blended-family business has no plans of slowing down, even with their helmsman moving on. “It’s always been about the music and the band,” says the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, “That’s the real P-Funk legacy. They’ll still be funkin’ long after I stop.”
The “One Nation Under a Groove Tour” is the latest blockbuster package tour created by Universal Attractions Agency, George and P-Funk’s booking agency. The tour was conceived around the anniversary of the iconic Album and single of the same title. “We had been kicking this idea around for a long time,” recalls Nick Szatmari, George’s Agent at UAA. “It just felt organic and authentic, especially with the current social climate and the powers that be trying to divide everyone; it has always been a call for unity and togetherness through music. When George announced his retirement it just clicked. It’s surreal how it all came together, and we are very fortunate to have the support of Galactic, Dumpstaphunk, Fishbone, and Miss Velvet & The Blue Wolf on this historic tour.”
UAA and its co-owners, Jeff Epstein and Jeff Allen, are gearing up to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the company’s founding in 1945 with “One Nation Under a Groove” as the flagship tour for this year among many shows they are rolling out for the 2019-2020 season “We are excited and honored to be sending one of the most iconic touring artists in history into his well-deserved retirement with a bang, and quite a bang this will be. It is a fitting culmination of our years of work together,” says Jeff Epstein.
Billboard summed up the historic nature of this moment perfectly in their coverage of the retirement announcement: “If you want to watch the original master of funk do his thing, you’ve got one more year. Parliament/Funkadelic frontman/producer George Clinton is set to retire from touring in 2019.”
The Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater
The Mahaffey Theater, under the management of Big3 Entertainment, is one of Tampa Bay’s top-rated performing arts venues. Home to the Florida Orchestra, the world class Mahaffey Theater hosts top-quality national and international artists and performances – Broadway, pop, rock, comedy, dance, classical and interactive engagements and exhibitions. Located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, the 2,031-seat cultural jewel boasts spectacular waterfront views and is located only minutes away from white sandy beaches and world-renowned museums. Additionally, the theater supports the highly successful Class Acts program, which enables school children to experience the performing arts through in-theater performances as well as in-school outreach and extension programs.
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