About the Performers

Rodney "Skeet" Curtis

Rodney 'Skeet ' Curtis is a funkadelic powerhouse. His playing incorporates elements of funk, R&B, and jazz into an unmistakable style. Born in Baltimore in 1956, Rodney 'Skeet ' Curtis played with Parliament Funkadelic since 1977. Prior to joining P-Funk, he played with local bands in Baltimore.

Michael "Kidd Funkadelic" Hampton

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 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.

Danny Bedrosian

 

Classically trained pianist Danny Bedrosian is the keyboardist for George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic for the last nearly 20 years, as well as half a dozen other bands around the nation and the world. Bedrosian is the lead vocalist, keyboardist, producer, chief songwriter, arranger and publisher for Secret Army. This band is a patchwork of genres, sounds, and spiritual creeds under one unifying musical force. Also at the fore of the band is Parliament-Funkadelic drummer Benjamin "Benzel" Cowan, The solid bedrock of this rhythm unit blends Funk, Middle Eastern music, R&B, Hip-Hop, Rock, and proto classical movements. Secret Army has proven itself with its own innovative brand of alternative music, thus lending an important commentary on the state of unity in our world. The hypnotic musical journey, both endearing and baffling, will leave the listeners in endless delight at the new sounds. Secret Army is finally polished with the animation and cartoons of artist Nathan Boucher, who brings an especially unique attention to detail and shimmering colors. Secret Army also serves up a very marketable sound, with a vital energy important to its image and its sound that is virtually unmistakable. This band has a sound and look that one will never forget; it's members have played in front of millions of screaming fans on all six livable continents; don’t miss out on Secret Army.

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.

Linda Shider

Vocalist and wife of P-Funk guitar great Garry Shider, Linda sang background on many P-Funk songs as well as toured as a singer with the group. She wrote  "Are You Dreaming?" for Parlet on the Pleasure Principle album and “Desert Flower” as well as a few other Children of Production tracks with her husband Garry and Gary Mudbone Cooper,  on which she is featured as lead singer.

Neftali "Funkadrill" Santiago

Born in Spanish Harlem in New York City, Neftali Santiago became the drummer for legendary funk band Mandrill at just 19 years old. Since then he toured the world three times with various artists. Neftali is very active recording, performing, and producing with 2 platinum and 4 Gold hits for his writing.