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Influential funk/R&B act to play Wind Creek Event Center

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George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Aug. 18, 2015.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — One of the foremost innovators of funk music will bring his band — and his party — to Wind Creek Event Center, it has been announced.

George Clinton and his Parliament-Funkadelic band, who from the early 1970s into the 1990s topped the R&B charts and influenced a generation of funk and hip-hop performers, will play at 8 p.m. Friday, May 24.

Funk-jam band Dumpstaphunk will open the show.

Tickets, at $39.50-$69.50, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at www.windcreekeventcenter.com or the box office.

The group also performed at the event center, then called Sands Bethlehem Event Center, in 2015, having as many as 18 performers on stage at the same time.

Parliament-Funkadelic dominated R&B music during the 1970s, with more than 40 R&B hit singles, including three No. 1s, and three platinum albums.

The two started as separate bands. Parliament released its debut disc, “Osmium,” in 1970 and with its fourth album, “Mothership Connection” in 1975 had a crossover hit that peaked at No. 13 on the overall Albums chart and sold platinum.

That disc produced the gold hit "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker),” which hit No. 5 on the R&B singles chart and crossed over to the Top 15 on the overall Singles chart.

That started a streak of six gold and platinum albums through 1979’s “Gloryhallastoopid,” all of which charted in the Top 5 of the R&B albums chart.

The 1978 single “Flash Light” gave Parliament its first No. 1 R&B hit, a position it achieved again with 1978’s "Aqua Boogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop)."

Funkadelic history

Funkadelic also released its self-titled debut in 1970, and it hit No. 8 on the R&B albums chart. Through 1979, it released 11 more discs that all hit the Top 25 on the R&B chart. “One Nation Under a Groove” in 1978 hit No. 1 and sold platinum, and 1979’s “Uncle Jam Wants You” peaked at No. 2 and sold gold.

It also produced seven Top 30 R&B hits, including the No. 1 “One Nation Under a Groove” in 1978 and “(Not Just) Knee Deep” in 1979.

Clinton continued to release albums through 2008’s “George Clinton and His Gangster of Love.” He released a live album, “P-Funk Live at Metropolis,” in 2015.
Parliament-Funkadelic chart history

The groups came together in 1982 with Clinton for the album “Computer Games,” which peaked at No. 3 on the R&B charts and contained Clinton’s best- known song, the No. 1 hit “Atomic Dog.”

Through 1993, Clinton released six albums, five of which reached the Top 30 on the R&B chart, and had three more Top 15 R&B hit singles – “Nubian Nut,” “Do Fried Go With That Shake” and hit final hit, 1996’s "If Anybody Gets Funked Up (It's Gonna Be You)."

Clinton continued to release albums through 2008’s “George Clinton and His Gangster of Love.” He released a live album, “P-Funk Live at Metropolis,” in 2015.

Clinton, now 82, and Parliament-Funkadelic were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 and in 2019, he and Parliament-Funkadelic were given Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards.