Kings of funk to open Carolina Performing Arts season

May. 29, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

Saxophonist Maceo Parker and singer-songwriter George Clinton – two North Carolina natives who pioneered rhythm and blues and funk – will open the 2013-2014 season of Carolina Performing Arts at UNC. Carolina Performing Arts announced the season roster during a Wednesday event at Memorial Hall at UNC. 
Parker and Clinton will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 27 in Memorial Hall. Born in Kinston, Parker is known to many for his work in James Brown’s band from 1963 to 1970. Parker’s brother Melvin signed for the drum seat with Brown in 1963. He asked Brown if he needed a saxophonist, and Maceo Parker took the chair. Under his name, he as produced several recordings, among them “Roots Revisited,” “Life on Planet Groove” and “Soul Classics.”
In the mid-1970s, Parker teamed up with Clinton and performed with his organizations Parliament and Funkadelic. Born in Kannapolis, Clinton led bands that fused rhythm and blues with electronic and rock elements. Parliament’s recordings include “Chocolate City” and “Mothership Connection.” Funkadelic, which contained many of the same musicians as Parliament, released “Maggot Brain,” “America Eats its Young,” “One Nation under a Groove,” and other albums.
Other musical offerings of the coming season include pianist Andras Schiff, who will perform Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” Oct. 23; Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding and Leo Genovese, also known as The Spring Quartet, Jan. 31, 2014; and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, with violinist Joshua Bell, March 28, 2014.
Dance offerings begin Oct. 8 and 9 with performances by Israeli company L-E-V, featuring choreographers Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar. The Carolina Ballet will perform the Christmas classic “The Nutcracker” Dec. 7 and 8. The acrobatic dance troupe STREB will perform a piece titled “Forces!” March 18 and 19, 2014, and the Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan will perform “Songs of the Wanderers” April 2, 2014.
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Here is a complete list of dates in the season:
Sept. 27 – Maceo Parker, George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic
Oct. 3 and 4 – Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis, “Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration”
Oct. 8 and 9 – L-E-V, “House”
Oct. 23 – Andras Schiff, “Goldberg Variations”
Oct. 27 – An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt
Oct. 29 – Chris Thile
Nov. 4 – The Manganiyar Seduction
Nov. 12 – “World Blues,” with Taj Mahal, Vusi Mahlasela, and Fredericks Brown featuring Deva Mahal
Nov. 15 –  Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
Nov. 21 – Club Night with ChocQuibTown
Nov. 22 – ChocQuibTown
Dec. 7 and 8 – Carolina Ballet, “The Nutcracker”
Dec. 9 – N.C. Jazz Repertory Orchestra, “Jazz for the Holidays”
Jan. 30, 2014 – The English Concert with Harry Bicket, conductor, Handel’s “Theodora”
Jan. 31 – Jack DeJohnette, Jo Lovano, Esperanza Spalding and Leo Genovese
Feb. 11 – Lang Lang, piano
Feb. 14 – Bassekou Kouyate, Ngoni Ba, Fatoumata Diawara
Feb. 21 – Wayne Shorter Quartet
Feb. 25 and 26 – Compagnie Kafig
March 18 and 19 – STREB, “Forces!”
March 25 – Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
March 28 – Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell
April 2 – Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, “Song of the Wanderers”
April 3 – Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda, conductor
April 6 – Brooklyn Rider with Dawn Upshaw, soprano
April 11 – Wendy Whelan, “Restless Creature”
April 22 and 23 – Alvin Ailey Dance Theater