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George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic Club Nokia

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Ain't no party like a P-Funk party
Cuz the P-Funk party don't stop!

By the time they had us chanting this last Friday, it was at least forty-five minutes past the 12:30 curfew posted by the doors. The band looked unsurprised as the PA went dead, followed by the monitors, followed by the amps. But the drummer wouldn't stop, and they couldn't turn him off, and George Clinton was still up there, hollering at us and pumping his fists. We were right there with him. So for a couple of minutes, we burned the candle right down to the end, till there was nothing left.

One nation under a groove!
Getting down just for the funk of it!

A nonstop two and a half hour show is generous by most bands'; standards, but P-Funk is a different kind of thing. The first time I saw them, at the Hollywood Palladium around 1993, they took the stage shortly after the posted start time of 9pm, and played until they were similarly rousted at 2am. Five hours bouncing around in a mass of really sweaty, really happy looking people, maybe the liveliest crowd I've ever been part of in LA. Even Bootsy showed up for that one. I had to call in sick the next day, but it was worth it.