LIVE: Bootsy Collins / Shaggy @ the Empire State Plaza, 6/18/14

June 25th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg

Review by Greg Haymes
Video by Timothy Reidy

With The Egg as a backdrop, it certainly looked as though the Mothership had indeed landed on the Empire State Plaza last Wednesday evening, as the electrifying starchild o’ funk Bootsy Collins and his crew led the crowd through classic Parliament-Funkadelic chants, from the opening “We love the funk, gotta have the funk” to the closing “It’s official, family approved, one nation under a groove.”

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Parade o’ Shoes: Bootsy’s Boots

June 26th, 2012, 10:30 am by Greg
(photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

(photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Matt Mac Haffie, Stanley Johnson

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LIVE: Bootsy Collins @ Alive at Five at Riverfront Park, 6/14/12

June 20th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg
(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Stanley Johnson, Timothy Reidy and Richard Brody

“We want the funk! Got to have that funk!”

When Albany’s funkateers come out of the woodwork – in the thousands on a perfect mid-June evening – and begin chanting those nine words, all is well in Nippertown.

Bootsy Collins, showman extraordinaire equipped with his star-shaped, rhinestone-encrusted bass, led an energetic 10-piece band for nearly an hour and a half of righteous grooves that largely drew upon his long tenure with Parliament-Funkadelic. Judging by the crowd’s fervor – especially mid-set when he made his way like a preacher through the amphitheatre of Riverfront Park in Albany’s Corning Preserve – the ebullient Collins is welcome anytime he decides to visit.

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