Singer, bandleader and newly minted author George Clinton is scheduled to crisscross Chocolate City over the next few days, starting with an under-the-radar trip to the Library of Congress.
As part of the ongoing celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act, various professional organizations — including members of the Library of Congress Chapter of Blacks in Government, the African American Cultural Association, the American Folklife Center at the LOC and the Music Division at the LOC — have invited the Godfather of Funk to chat about his book, “Brothers Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You?” and decades-long musical career.
“Since this program is a sponsored by staff organizations, we have not advertised to the public. However, public wishing to attend the program will not be turned away,” LCBIG President Michele Chisholm assured HOH.
Dr. Funkenstein is expected on stage of the Coolidge Auditorium of the Thomas Jefferson Building from noon to 1 p.m. Per organizers, “House of Soul ” host James Funk will interview him for a bit before bowing out so folks can line up for autographs. Organizers and Clinton’s management, however, appear to be of different minds as to what else is happening. Two LOC staffers HOH contacted insisted that Parliament Funkadelic will perform in some capacity, whereas Clinton’s management said not to count on any musical accompaniment.
“All of these events are strictly for the purpose of book promotion,” a Clinton aide stated.
Ditto on what’s cool to wave in Clinton’s face for signing. One LOC staffer seemed to believe everything was fair game (“feel free to bring album covers, photographs, and other items”), while Clinton’s peeps promised to clamp down.
“The huge turnouts and limited time we've experienced with these book signings have caused us to limit the signings to the books. Often there are Meet and Greets that are part of tour dates where George makes himself available for such souvenir signings,” the Clinton aide explained. “You can check with georgeclinton.com or flashlight2013.com for further details.”
Clinton will keep the party going by rolling over to the University of the District of Columbia (4200 Connecticut Ave. NW) from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday for a discussion and signing. Admission is free. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., but preference will be given to those who preregistered online.
The evening program will also be live streamed here .
Clinton is also slated to do something book-related at Ben’s Chili Bowl on Saturday.
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Team Clinton said P-Funk will blow back into town on Feb. 18 for a show at the beautifully renovated Howard Theatre .
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