About the Performers

Rodney "Skeet" Curtis

Jeff "Cherokee" Bunn

Greg Boyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greg's musical career got its start at 15, playing tenor sax in southern Maryland.  He switched to trombone during his freshman year at St. Mary's College of Maryland.  Then at 19, he joined George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic, where he was the trombonist & horn arranger with the P-Funk Horns until retiring in 1996.

 

Greg's resumé also includes Prince, Chuck Brown, Maceo Parker, George Duke, Bootsy Collins, Stanley Clarke, Graham Central Station, Lalah Hathaway, Sheila E, GAP Band, Robben Ford, Alex Bugnon, Najee, Kirk Whalum, David Sanborn, Stokely Williams, Maysa, Jonathan Butler, Eric Benét, David Murray, Mike Phillips, Third World, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Richard Smallwood, Brian Culbertson, and more...

Michael "Kidd Funkadelic" Hampton

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Hampton - lead guitarist, composer and musical director as well as a Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame inductee with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. His debut performance at Landover, MD, in 1974 was as a substitute for original Funkadelic guitarist Eddie Hazel. Hampton firmly grabbed his position as a new star player in the Funk. He was fresh out of high school when he caught the band members attention at their after show party, where he played the well-known solo "Maggot Brain" note for note. That was how "Kidd” started as “Funkadelic", which later becomes a part of an album title and his nickname “Kidd Funkadelic”.

During high school Michael took lessons from a Jazz guitar player, who taught him technique, from various scales to “ghost noting” which rooted deep into his signature style, simultaneous “melody-chord-speed”. This training prepared this determined Kidd for the biggest turning point soon after. As Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Albert King were some of the biggest influence to him, he listened to many different genres of music and players, and then turned them into his own interpretations, which supports his musical versatility and complexity to this day. Hampton's first studio recording was Bootsy's Rubber Band's “Stretchin' Out In” (1976).

As time went on, he built his unique style to the higher level by recording and performing with Parliament and Funkadelic. George Clinton describes how Hampton “perfected the concept to play solo with melody of the song” with his solo leads on “Maggot Brain”, “Red Hot Mama”, “Cosmic Slop”, “Knee Deep”, “Funkentelechy” to name a few. Since the 80's, he has been showing his multi-talent on other musical instruments from keyboard to drums, as well as synthesizer programming and producing songs. Besides being one of the most important members of P-funk, Hampton has been playing and recording on various projects with & without P-funk. Playing his one-and-only “Kidd Funkadelic” style, he adds a modern yet old school, groovy and hard edge to whatever he works on and takes it to another level.   

Lucius "Tawl" Ross

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shirley Clinton

The Clones of Funk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First conceived by founder Wesley Beann in 1989 as a reunion of fans and musicians who were dedicated to the music of Parliament and Funkadelic. The reunion went on to become an annual function. In 1990, the following year, George "Dr. Funkenstein" Clinton having heard of the band was invited to witness his clones. Being moved by the talent of the band, George joined in the performance.

This 8-piece funk band comprised of vocalist, a slammin' rhythm section complete with horns has gone on to do major Benefits, such as the WE CARE Fund-Raiser at the Annapolis Eastport Clipper, and the Larry Griffin Project at the Maryland Creative Arts Hall. In addition, the Clones have played various venues including college functions and clubs from New York City to Virginia.

 

Tony Camm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony Camm is the lead singer and mastermind behind ToNY CaMM & The FUNK Allstars , a high-energy "psychedelic funk circus" hailing out of Central Virginia, with a touring show that features covers of George Clinton, Parliament-Funkadelic, funky renditions of Grateful Dead tunes, top Pop hits, R&B and Hip-Hop favorites and their own originals.

Presented by the Chocolate City Alliance ~ We Want the Funk